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Sew Blue February: Simplicity 2588

March 1, 2014

Wye aye man, what’s fettlin’?

I’m a bit late blogging this make, which I wanted to include for the Sewcialist’s Blue February.  I do like to join in with these things and it’s fun to see what other people make, too.

Simplicity 2588

Simplicity 2588

Simplicity 2588 is a ‘Project Runway’ pattern and as such has lots of different design options.  I opted for a fuller, pleated skirt this time, but I’m quite keen on trying the slim skirt another time.  My recent Colette Macaron make has encouraged me to try more streamlined styles and I’m feeling like a bit more variety would be good.

The fabric I used is Kaffe Fassett Paper Weight in Cobalt, from Fancy Moon.  It makes me think of the sea – of coral, shells, fish and brightly coloured stones.  It’s a lovely fabric to work with – lighter than quilting cotton and nice to handle.

Simplicity 2588 - back view

Simplicity 2588 – back view

The dress was straightforward to sew.  There were quite a lot of pattern pieces, so it did take a good few hours to cut and sew.  I did a Full Bust Adjustment of 1/2″ per side for this dress, and I’m reasonably happy with how it turned out.

The FBA - adapted bodice front and side front pattern pieces

The FBA – adapted bodice front and side front pattern pieces

I added waist tabs on to the dress because I really like that extra bit of detail and it gave me the opportunity to use these totally awesome buttons!

Teapot buttons!

Teapot buttons!

When I did my final trying-on I just happened to be wearing red tights, and I think they work really well with the dress.  I really love the pockets.  They are quite large and just in the perfect position.

The final trying-on photos

The final trying-on photos

What do you think?

Simplicity 2588

Simplicity 2588

  1. March 1, 2014 4:33 pm

    I love that fabric! You know, Kaffe Fasset once stayed at my grandma’s house. She was a huge fan! And those buttons just set it off perfectly, just need to get tights that match them now! Hahaha!

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      March 2, 2014 3:01 pm

      How cool!! Yes, tea pot tights would be amazing!

      • March 9, 2014 3:29 pm

        You already know how much I love your blog, so I’ve nominated you for the Leibster Award over on my blog. Please let me know if you do the post 🙂

      • tabathatweedie permalink*
        March 10, 2014 10:11 pm

        Thank you! How lovely! 🙂

  2. March 1, 2014 4:51 pm

    Wow, great fabric and a perfect choice for your pattern. Looks dressy, but happy at the same time. And the tea pot buttons a great finishing touch.

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      March 2, 2014 3:02 pm

      Thanks. I’m pleased with how it turned out!

  3. March 1, 2014 5:21 pm

    I love this. The fabric is great and the fit looks spot on.

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      March 2, 2014 3:03 pm

      Thanks. It is a good fit. Fitted but not too tight!

  4. stgilbert permalink
    March 1, 2014 7:17 pm

    I love this dress! And TEAPOT BUTTONS!!!!

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      March 2, 2014 3:04 pm

      Hehe I know! I’ve been waiting to use them and this was the perfect opportunity!

  5. March 1, 2014 9:42 pm

    Fabulous! Gorgeous and fun x

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      March 2, 2014 3:04 pm

      Thank you!

  6. March 1, 2014 10:33 pm

    I really like this dress – pattern, colour and design, might have to invest in this pattern. I think it goes great with the red tights.

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      March 2, 2014 3:05 pm

      It’s definitely a good pattern to have in your collection – lots of different options!

  7. March 1, 2014 11:21 pm

    cute dress, great fit and the buttons are fabulous!!

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      March 2, 2014 3:06 pm

      The buttons seem to be going down well! Thank you.

  8. March 2, 2014 3:04 am

    It’s a pretty print, and I love the little teapot buttons!

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      March 2, 2014 3:07 pm

      It is a nice print. They do it in other colourways as well!

  9. bimbleandpimble permalink
    March 2, 2014 5:01 am

    Tea pot buttons and that adorbs fabric? Too. Dang. Cute!

  10. March 2, 2014 8:48 am

    Great fit, just lovely! I especially adore those buttons. I’m quite a fan of button tabs at the waist.

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      March 2, 2014 3:12 pm

      This is only the second time I’ve made them, but I really like them. They add just that extra bit of detail to the dress. Plus, they give you the chance to showcase lovely buttons!

  11. March 2, 2014 12:53 pm

    Lovely dress, and those buttons! I think the fit of your dress is great and the fabric is quite nice too.

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      March 2, 2014 3:12 pm

      Thank you Inge!

  12. anne carter permalink
    March 2, 2014 3:20 pm

    I love this fabric and the style. Kaffe Fasset once flounced passed me at a quilt show and said (whilst still rushing by) “I lurve your bag!” Of course it was made from his fabrics!

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      March 2, 2014 3:22 pm

      Excellent! I didn’t realise you also made bags. Nice that it was endorsed by the man himself!

  13. March 2, 2014 6:50 pm

    This is gorgeous! I love the fabric, I’m going to google it right now!

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      March 2, 2014 9:28 pm

      Go for it!

  14. March 2, 2014 7:30 pm

    LOVE it! love the fabric the style and those buttons are awesome!

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      March 2, 2014 9:29 pm

      Thank you so much!

  15. March 2, 2014 8:50 pm

    Beautiful! The colours are so pretty and I love the buttons!

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      March 2, 2014 9:29 pm

      The colours are pretty. Thank you!

  16. March 5, 2014 6:23 pm

    This looks great. Love the fabric.

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      March 5, 2014 6:45 pm

      Thank you! 🙂

  17. March 6, 2014 8:59 am

    Absolutely great! It looks lovely on you, such a flattering shape. Well done!

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      March 6, 2014 9:06 am

      Thanks Ree. It is a nice shape, I’m very pleased with it.

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