When I first spied Simplicity 2180 I knew I would make it. I’ve been in love with the lovely tea dresses from SoHo Mode on Etsy for some time, but my non-existent clothing budget does not accommodate purchases of this value.
This is my alternative and I love it more than the ones I’ve been lusting over.
The fabric is lovely Liberty and I ADORE it! The designer is Anne Tyrrell and I bought it from Shaukat. I can’t seem to find the exact colourway that I purchased on Shaukat, but that link is to a similar fabric.
The pattern came together easily enough, but adding the piping did add an extra challenge. I took my time adding the piping to make sure I was able to produce a well finished, professional looking dress. I’m super pleased with the piping and I love that it means that I don’t have to wear a belt with this dress.
I made the fuller skirt option from the pattern, but it isn’t very full, which I’m happy about. I really love this fabric and really wanted to make an everyday dress with it, not something which is only worn on special occasions. I also didn’t make the back tie option in the pattern. I think this plain ‘v’ back is easier to wear and I also have a little permanent ink on my back courtesy of some interesting decisions in my teens (I know I’m not the only one to have done this and think maybe it wasn’t so clever afterwards…)
It feels so good to be back sewing again, even if it will be short lived. I’ve ignored my university assignments today to sew this, but tomorrow it’s back on again. I’ve now finished just over 25% of my prac teaching time (not that I’m counting), hopefully the rest of of it will fly!