For some bizarre reason I tend to set ridiculous sewing goals before its time to leave for a holiday. Because what says “get ready for a week to relax” like spending two weeks trying to sew up five new wardrobe pieces? Gah! So when we made a last minute decision to head to Vanuatu for a ninja holiday I vowed to sew nothing in preparation to really maximise my
laziness relaxation. Then I realised the perfect pattern and fabric for a rad resort dress lived in my stash and who was I to deny this rule breaking frock?
This is Simplicity 8178 – a cross-over bodice that can party as a romper or as a frock. View A is a wide legged jumpsuit, View B is the narrow legged option and I made up View C which has a gathered knee length skirt. And if that isn’t enough you also get a bonus jacket as View D! That’s what I’m calling a bargain – especially as a I snaffled this in a 3 for $10 sale.
The fabric is a mystery poly from one of the fine fabric stores I found last year in the sewing district of Santiago, Chile. I originally grabbed this to make up a work top and then decided the print was too big and I didn’t like it anymore and was considering donating it. Fast forward three months and it was back in the good books to get made up into a travel frock. This is the perfect mystery fabric – it has a beautiful hand, folds down to nothing and doesn’t need ironing. Just what you want for pottering around the resort after a hard day of swimming…
Construction wise, this was a nice and quick win. I cut the fabric just before a CBR Sewing Crew session and had it finished in four hours except for the elastic (and that included eating copious amounts of popcorn and Bec’s amazing biscuits). I did accidentally sew the front wrap pieces on back to front at one point due to be being sugar high but that was totally on me and not the instructions. Note to self – stop at two biscuits when sewing.
The only alteration I made was to shorten the waistband elastic – the original size was just a bit too loose and it felt like I was wearing a potato sack. So I turned that sad (potato) sack into a glad (potato) sack with the application of shaping to waist! Huzzah! It’s also worth noting that the wrap top is pretty low cut so depending on your circumstances you may want to either stitch the end of the wrap further around, tack it down or live the sassy neckline dream. I went with the sassy option but y’all know I like to live life on the edge 😛 This may change when I start wearing this out of a holiday setting but until then – sassy life!
What I liked about this pattern:
- The cute bodice details. The little shoulder pleats are super adorable! And it makes me want to seriously have a go at a jumpsuit. Words I never thought I would write…
- How quick and easy it was. This was the perfect pre-holiday outfit!
- Pockets! Enough said there, really.
What I would change for next time:
- Jumpsuit time! Let’s get crazy this summer! Though I may chicken out…
Pattern: Simplicity 8178
Fabric: mystery poly from a mystery store in Santiago. So much mystery!
Notions: thread, 1m of 1/2″ elastic
Alterations: shortened elastic in waistband
Overall, I seriously love this frock and wore it a bunch on my holiday in Vanuatu but sadly it has been hanging in my wardrobe until things warm up here. Someone send some warm weather Canberra way because this lady need to wear her holiday frock with some sun and a coconut cocktail STAT!