I've had the fabric cut for this one for a couple of weeks, and finally got a bit of time over this past weekend to finish it up!
I had fun using the new serger feet to attach the piping trim around the neck and armholes. What a breeze that was with the piping foot!!
Pattern: Simplicity 5551, dress only.
Fabric: Three yards purchased from Joann's clearance rack, vintage cotton collection and a half yard of brown polyester for bottom panel and ties.
Alterations: A couple. I added the bottom brown panel and piping trim around the neck and armholes. The bottom panel was added easily because the pattern included two different dress lengths. I used the shorter length for the main body and used the extension for the brown bottom panel to make the dress longer. I then serged all the raw edges and attached the panel to the bottom of the dress.
In order to accommodate for the piping trim, I cut the bodice and facing portions the "smaller" size in some areas in order to get a deeper crew neck and slightly larger armholes. The piping trim was seriously so easy to attach using the optional piping foot on the serger. First I attached the piping to the front and back pieces of the dress using Wonder Tape (this stuff it awesome - dissolves in the first washing of the garment and doesn't cause a gummy mess on the machine needles). Then I pinned the facing to these pieces, right sides together, and serged away!
Cost: The supplies for the dress were purchased at Joann's - main body fabric on clearance for $3/yard ($9.00), brown panel $6/yard ($3.00), Wright brown trim ($1.99) No thread was purchase, already had some in the stash. Total = $13.99.
Impressions: I love that this dress is pull-over in style and did not require installation of a zipper. (There's an online class being offered by Pattern Review on zippers that I'm considering so that I may get more comfortable with that process - it seems I'm always fighting with zippers.) The cotton fabric has a nice weight to it, that may be a disadvantage in extreme heat, but makes it very comfortable to wear. I can see myself making another one, using the same trim embellishment, but perhaps the shorter length in a more light-weight cotton.
Finished Dimensions: To fit me.