Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Simplicity 3777

Amy Butler's website doesn't lie when it comes to the Inspiration page. As soon as I saw the picture below, I was inspired to make it. Unfortunately Amy doesn't sell the pattern for this dress (though I read a rumor somewhere that she will be selling this pattern in the fall).

When Simplicity's spring patterns came out, I really fell in love with Simplicity 3777 and decided to try it out with the Amy Butler peony fabric.



I can't tell you how much I love this pattern and this dress. I made a muslin first, afraid of messing up the "expensive" fabric with a pattern I wasn't familiar with. I used the fabric size based on the final measurement ease, ignoring the size that my real measurements suggested I use. It ended up fitting almost perfectly! I had to take in the sides of the skirt because the way it hung made my rump look huge. However, I think that if I had used a fabric with more drape, this would not have been a problem. All in all it was an easy adjustment.

I had intended to use the gray Amy Butler fabric for the contrasting bands, but when I put them together I thought it looked way too busy. Instead I used a gray Kona cotton (it looks a little blue in the picture, but it's really more gray). I also found the perfect cardigan to go with it. Now if only I could find a cute pair of gray sandals...any suggestions???

9 comments:

marirob said...

Beautiful job! The print and solid go so well together. I want to make that dress too - I hope Amy Butler does put that pattern out.

Raesha D said...

WOW! The dress is beautiful!! You did a wonderful job. I would go with green sandals to match the flowers:)

Katie Jean said...

ohmigoodness that is such a cute dress! Perfect for all this warm sticky weather!

Yvette said...

i think either of these would look great. good job!

http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/shopping/product/detailmain.jsp?itemID=29428&itemType=PRODUCT&iMainCat=121&iSubCat=124&iProductID=29428

http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/shopping/product/detailmain.jsp?itemID=7204&itemType=PRODUCT&iMainCat=121&iSubCat=124&iProductID=7204

Erica B. said...

That dress is gorgeous! I love that fabric!

Stephanie Lynn said...

Thanks for all the dress love! Also, Raesha and Yvette, thanks for the shoe recommendations.

myra said...

Your dress looks great! I'm in the middle of making this dress as well, but I've been having a lot of fitting issues and I made a muslin too.

I hope I get as nice results as yours!

Florence said...

Oh, what a beautiful dress! I love the pattern and fabric.

I've just found your blog after you'd commented on one of my photos on Flickr (thank you!)...and how pleased I am to have found it - the clothes that you make are beautiful!

Alison said...

Hi! I just found your blog! Your dress came out GREAT! Here's a link to me wearing mine standing next to Amy. http://www.flickr.com/photos/luminous_honey/2514322579/