I made another Simplicity 2444 dress!
I found the fabrics for this dress at a garage sale for a family who’s mom had closed down her fabric store. I only spent something like $4 on the fabric for the bodice and the skirt. I used an old sheet for the bodice lining, but bought new lining fabric for the skirt and an invisible zipper (both with coupons), bringing the total cost for this dress to about $13!
The pattern is Simplicity 2444 in a size 10, with arm scythes moved up under the arm and in at the shoulders. The neckline on this dress and the rest of my Simplicity 2444 dresses is great when I’m standing, but tends to gape a bit when I sit if I don’t have perfect posture. I’m thinking about taking out some wedges at the neck and moving the space to the waist darts like this.
This was my first time sandwiching an invisible zip between outer and lining fabrics. I’ve done both of those things seperately, but never together. When I first got the zipper in, it kept catching on the lining fabric – the underside of invisible zippers is not made to have fabric quite as close to the teeth, I don’t think. I ended up pulling the lining fabric taught and top stitching through the lining, zipper tape, and front bodice seam allowance , which was enough to let the zipper slide up and down easily.
I’m so pleased with how well the zipper went in – the waist is nice and lined up (which is especially important since the bodice and skirt are different fabrics!), and you can hardly see the white invisible zipper where it goes through the navy skirt.
I love the look on the inside of a dress that is fully lined. Even if know one else will see it!
Still a favorite pattern!