Finallly sewing…. Simplicity 2180

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!

Happy sewing!

  • Just beautiful!! I was only thinking this morning that I have not seen some sewing from you for a bit – nice to see a blog post. Hopefully the prac is going OK.

  • Lovely dress! I love the piping and gave been piping a vintage Simplicity 7882 so fully appreciate the work involved… It looks great!

    Glad prac is getting there.;)

  • I LOVE IT….I love those Tea Dresses too…I saw a wedding with some today and thought I HAVE TO MAKE THOSE…great choice with the liberty fabric…I still have 2 lots to use…good luck with the teaching…it will be over before you know it!

  • Looks great, wearable and a little funky!

  • LOVE IT!! that is just a gorgeous pattern, so girly and pretty. the fabric is great and I bet your glad you made the effort to pipe it…..have loads of fun wearing it xx

  • So pretty and summer-ish. The darker print makes it very elegant, and the piping is such a nice touch. Gorgeous.

  • OMG I love this!!!! This is the best dress, you should be very proud! It looks amazing on you and I love that fabric – I've been trying to find that colour way – is it multi? It's just divine, I love it!

  • Lovely dress! The piping is a great touch. The colours are perfect for transitioning into autumn.

  • beautiful! I love the piping 🙂

  • So pretty! You've gotta love Shaukat, hey? You've made me want to try this pattern, too, it's the perfect summer dress.

  • Looks fantastic. I'm so glad that you've found some sewing time during a hectic prac. Good for your health.

  • It looks fantastic – well done on the pipping:)

  • Very vintage inspired, I love it. I will have to give it a go, sew something for myself for a change

  • looks great! I'm working on this pattern right now, and the neck facing is confusing me — how do I sew a curve to a curve? my neckband is a contrasting color, but it has no wrong side, so it's hard for me to visualize and figure out. help would be appreciated!

  • I love your version of this dress. I have been debating making it since seeing the pattern as a knock off of an ModCloth dress on MakeThisLook.com. Thank you.

  • Just lovely!!