Sewing Adventures

By Susan | Comments: 6 | January 27, 2014

Sometimes you just need a dress, not a fancy dress or even a complicated dress. More of a “it’s been hot and I need something to throw on” type of dress.

black floral dress

On Saturday I went to take a look at the Follow Store closing down sale (so sad Sydney is losing yet another independent retail store). They had suitcases filled with vintage remnants they were letting go at bargain prices. So naturally I picked some up, which is totally a violation of the no adding to the stash rule of 2014. Despite this, I was determined that it should not remain in the stash long.

So on Sunday I cut out Simplicity 1873 which I have made a few times before. It’s simple but looks good and I make it faster by not doing any facings or linings but instead using bias binding to finish the neck and armholes.

By late afternoon I was done and had a new dress to wear. It’s nothing fancy, just simple and practical and the fabric is pretty. In the spirit of using up things from the stash I put an exposed chunky zip at the centre back and used what bias I had for the neck and armholes.

Overall I am pretty happy with the make and look forward to having a comfortable dress dress to pop on when I am at home.


  • Liz
    January 27, 2014

    This dress can’t be for home only. It’s beautiful! I adore the fabric.

    • Susan Goodwin
      January 28, 2014

      Thank you!

      With the exposed zip I’m not so sure about being outside wear? Perhaps I just need to think slightly more punk and I will be fine?

    • Susan Goodwin
      January 28, 2014


      I was so determined not to add to the stash but the pretty fabric swayed me. At least now I have a pretty dress and didn’t add to the stash.

  • Melanie
    January 28, 2014

    I REALLY need more casual cotton dresses for summer….so far I’ve made one that is wearable (sort of). I love exposed zips…I bet it looks really good.

    • Susan Goodwin
      January 28, 2014

      I wore it out today and the exposed zip didn’t bother me so much.
      The dress however is super lightweight which is lovely but the wind can catch the skirt so easily.
      Had a total Marilyn moment, right in front of the local fire station!

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Hi, I'm Susan. A designer living in Sydney, Australia.

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