I’m calling it a miimii because, when it was on a hanger before the side seams were sewn, my husband asked “what’s up with that muumuu you’re making?” And since it’s smaller than a muumuu it must be a miimii.
I used Simplicity 3835, which is an out-of-print Built by Wendy pattern. Luckily I was able to borrow it from a lady in my sewing group.
My step-sister-in-law got the purple fabric in Hawaii years ago. It’s a mid-weight cotton with fabulous drape. The orange collar was cut from a scrap of my wedding skirt, and the gold/blue trim was in my stash. In fact, the only new material for the dress was the $.50 zipper.
I’m really smitten by the orange/violet combination. I was inebriated when I made the original decision, and I’m so glad I trusted myself!
I made many modifications to the pattern. The biggest change was that I lowered the neckline by drafting a new collar. Since the neck was lowered, there was less excess fabric to be gathered, which I might add back in if I make this pattern again. Instead of the back side darts I shaped the zipper seam, and added darts to the front.
I finished all seams with bias tape, cut from a random polyester in my fabric cabinet. I also made a belt, with orange stripes. I’m not sure if I prefer the dress to hang loose or to wear it with the belt. The belt has a tendency to create the illusion of a belly pouch…
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