Fandango Dress and Other Stuff

Well, May went much faster than I anticipated. Mix together some finals, moving home, and apartment hunting, and blend well with visiting relatives and unpacking. So, needless to say, I never got around to sewing up garments for the Mini Wardrobe contest like I planned last month. Two of the fabrics that I wanted were even gone on Gorgeous Fabrics, so it’s just as well. This month I’ve been focusing more on just getting everything back together and preparing for the big move, which will be two months away tomorrow!

I’ve picked out one more summer garment to make this year, and then it’s on to sewing up a storm for fall/winter and also for my work wardrobe.

Fandango Dress
Pattern: Simplicity 3678
Fabric: Knit print from

There wasn’t even a question in my mind whether or not to order this fabric, how could I resist? This will be my second time sewing with knit fabric (more details on the first time to come shortly), so I feel pretty comfortable tackling this dress. And it’s a Threads pattern, so it really can’t go wrong. Dresses are so addicting to make! There’s still a few more on my list for warm weather wearing, but they’ll just have to wait until next year.

I also picked up these two Vogue patterns over the holiday weekend; they were on sale for $3.99 each at JoAnn:

Both will be made up in some black fabric for work wear. I’m picturing the long sleeved dress in a black moleskin cloth, since it’s got some good body to it and nice drape. I’m dreading making the pants, even though I love this style, since they are so difficult to fit. My mom is in the process of making some pants for me for my new job, and it looks like she’s going to have to draft a pattern from scratch since it’s nearly impossible to alter the pre-made patterns to fit nicely.



  1. May 29, 2008 / 2:31 pm

    Congrats on your diploma, welcome to the working world! Just wondering… how did you mesh the pattern outline with the fabric swatch picture. I’d love to be able to do that myself to preview fabric choices and patterns!

  2. May 29, 2008 / 2:35 pm

    It’s actually some Photoshop “magic”…I copied the fabric swatch jpg and pasted it in the same window as the dress drawing jpg, and made sure that the fabric was a layer below the dress. Then I applied a mask to the dress layer, and used the eraser tool to erase away the inside of the dress drawing to reveal the fabric swatch underneath. There’s some tutorials in Photoshop on how to do mask layers and whatnot, if that didn’t make any sense 🙂

  3. May 30, 2008 / 5:28 am

    I understand your fear of pants. I was terrified of trying them, but when I did, they turned out to be not difficult at all. The pattern I used successfully was also from Vogue, so hopefully, this one you chose is drafted well also (it’s in my pattern stash to make someday…) I say, give it a try.

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