Sunday, January 20, 2013

Simplicity 2406

I'm back! Yes, after five weeks on the road I've finally returned home to hot and muggy Cairns. Boy is it muggy! Sauna anyone? My family and I headed off a week before Christmas to visit relatives in Victoria and South Australia. I've been to Melbourne, Port Fairy, Adelaide, Horsham, Swan Hill and a few spots in between. I was going to say goodbye, but wasn't sure if you're supposed to announce to the world that you're leaving your house empty for five weeks. After all, what's to stop a sewing-scissor wielding psycho breaking into my house and stealing my fabric stash!  

Even though I didn't have ongoing access to a computer, I was able to keep up with everyone's blog posts by reading them on my phone. Handy little things. I have been enjoying watching everyone's sewing achievements and progress over the summer break. So even though I haven't been commenting, I have been lurking and thoroughly enjoying reading your stories rather than blowing all my lifesavings on glossy magazines (OK so I made a small investment).

One thing I have been enjoying is reading everyone's 2012 wrap-ups. This really got me reflecting on my past year, which I think I'll do a post on at a later date (better late than never). One thing I can say for sure is that my 2012 pattern of the year was....

***drum roll please ***

Cynthia Rowley's Simplicity 2406

Which brings me to this post. Here is my forth version/interpretation of this dress.

Simplicity 2406 (modified)

This dress was sewn using a cotton voile purchased from Emma One Sock. The skirt section was lined with bemberg rayon, also purchased from EOS. I'm really excited that through my last two versions of this dress, I have successfully been able to create a dress that is so appropriate to the hot, muggy, stinkin' climate I live in. Generally, cotton voile is the perfect weight, yet too sheer to go unlined or wear on it's own. Lining or layering is just too hot in the middle of a tropical summer. Sneaking lining into the bottom half only kinda of nails it!

As with my last version, this dress has been modified somewhat from the original design. Once again, I added an elasticised casing and ties to the hip line. I also modified the raglan sleeve to be sleeveless...if you know what I mean. Instead of adding a neckline facing, I bound the neckline and sleeves with self-made bias binding. I also added a strip of white entredeux to the sleeve seams and as a feature above the hemline of the skirt. 

I am really really happy with this dress and have worn it again and again during the Summer holidays. I'm thinking I might even make a few tops from the top half. I really like the sleeves and neckline.

Here are my three previous versions:

Sewn using Milly silk

Sewn using Milly cotton voile

Sewn using Milly cotton voile

Wishing you all a belated yet fabulously creative, inspirational and successful year of sewing.



  1. Welcome back! It's great when you really make a pattern your own, the latest addition looks great too. Now I'm wondering if our paths might have crossed - I've got family in several of the places you listed and have been visiting too :)

  2. Welcome back! I love all four versions - each look so different. You've convinced me ti give EOS a go too - all such beautiful fabric!!

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  4. I've been wondering where you've been! I agree with not annoucing an absence to the world. Glad you've had success with this pattern. I"ve not, but I like your versions.

  5. Welcome back - that was some holiday! You must have followed the heat around. Love you dress - great colours for summer...J

  6. Oh, I love them all! That new green version is so pretty and looks so great for the heat. I wonder if you were in Adelaide for our 45 degree stinker? Urgh!

    1. I sure was. I didn't find it as bad as the humidity here though. Mind you, it hit the 40s combined with big winds in Horsham. Horrible!

  7. I love every version of this pattern that you have made. Just going to pop over to Emma One Sock and have a nosy :)

  8. Welcome back! I love this green version. The voile looks so fresh and light. The little lace inserts are nice too.

  9. Hey welcome back - happy new year! This is a really lovely iteration and I particularly like the lace inserts too. I agree that the humidity is what kills you ....

  10. Another great version. I really like the added entredeux.

  11. Welcome back Bernice, and a happy New Year to you too! Your new dress looks so perfectly cool and fresh; perfect for hot muggy weather :)

  12. I love the lace on your new version! I also really like your wooden red necklace.

  13. I'm loving the entredeux addition! So gorgeous and perfect with the lightweight voiles. EOS always has such fabulous printed fabrics too - love this. The Milly cotton top pattern iteration is one of my favourites on you :)

  14. Great looking sundress! I personally really like to use the same pattern multiple times for different versions, too. The Milly plaid silk one is my favorite.

  15. I will have to make up this pattern! My favourite is the Milly silk version. Such great fabric. I have nominated you for the Liebster award on my blog :)

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