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Akram's Ideas : First Dress of 2016 - Simplicity 1419

First Dress of 2016 – Simplicity 1419

Can you believe it’s nearly 60 degrees and this is still February? The weather’s been doing this flip flop where it is in the  high 50’s to 60’s one week then in the low 40’s the next. Well that’s Oklahoma weather for you, always changing.

Akram's Ideas spring time weather
This dress was made for spring

Still I’m loving the warm weather and it’s got me in a springtime sewing type of mood. Since I haven’t had time to sew since we’ve moved to our new apartment this past month, I figured I’d get a head start on my spring wardrobe.

Fabric and Pattern

Sometimes a project starts with a pattern, sometimes with the fabric. This time was definitely a fabric time. I was in the midst of getting my sewing room back together and going through my fabric when I came across this lovely roll of lightweight fleece.

This particular fleece had little white polka dots on the baby blue background and these fun yellow and orange bouquets all around it. There is even a very subtle hint of pink in the flowers.

Akram's Ideas : Blue Floral Fleece and Simplicity 1419
I feel like the fabric and pattern were meant to be together.

I just loved the vintage look of fabric and knew that this would be my first dress of 2016. The only question was what pattern to make.

After digging through my 4 file cabinets and 4 totes of patterns (yes, I know I have a lot of patterns), I ultimately decided to go with Simplicity Lisette 1419 pattern. I loved the vintage inspired look of the pattern. It reminded me of something I’d seen on Modcloth.


While I loved the dress as is there were a few Alterations I made to the pattern. First and foremost I had to grade the bodice to accommodate my larger waist size.

Akram's Ideas - Simplicity 1419 alterations
Pattern alterations in red

Since my fabric was a little thin I decided to make a full bodice lining instead of using facing. Basically I just made the bodice a second time out of the lining. I used a silky /chiffon type fabric from my stash.

Akram's Ideas - bodice lining
The bodice lining on the inside

I’m not sure why but I decided to fuse my lining to the bodice so it wouldn’t ride up. I should have just hemmed it and left it, but no I fused it. I turned the bottom hem of the lining ½ inch instead of the ⅝ inch and used heat-bond tape to keep in place.

Akram's Ideas - stitch in the ditch
Here’s where I stitched in the ditch

Then on the outside I stitched in the ditch of the seam between the bodice and skirt. This was to ensure that my lining was held in place.

Akram's Ideas - collar detail
Doesn’t that collar charm just belong on this dress

I also decided not to add the keyhole to the front bodice. I didn’t’ think that it went with this fabric. Unfortunately I forgot to modify the collar to accommodate the missing keyhole. To fix this I moved the collar closer to the center till the ends matched up in the front. This should have worked, but I forgot about seam allowance, so there is still a slight gap between the collar piece. It’s not bad, but it could have been better.

Overall Fit

While most of the dress fits okay, the arm holes are too small. I don’t know if it’s the pull of the lining or what?

Akram's Ideas - Simplicity 1419 Completed
It was very windy when I took these photos

Unfortunately, because I fused the lining and bodice together I can’t really get to the inside to make adjustments. It’s the only downside to the whole dress. I feel like I only need to loosen it a little and it would be perfect, but I’m not sure how.

Akram's Ideas - Simplicity 1419 with cardigan
Overall I’m happy with this dress

While the dress is wearable, the armhole makes it uncomfortable. Thus, I might just attempt to unstitch the armholes and see what happens.

Akram's Ideas - Simplicity 1419 paired with cardigan
It looks great with my cardigan

Other than that I love this dress and it works nicely with my blue cardigan as well as by it self. I can’t wait for more spring time weather to wear this dress.


Akram's Ideas Simplicity 1419 armhole adjustment
Akram’s Ideas Simplicity 1419 armhole adjustment

In case you are wondering I went ahead and and cut into the armhole. As you can see in the picture above I cut about 1″ from the bottom of the under arm grading the curve back up. This small amount made all the difference. It’s not the best solution I’m sure but it did make the dress way more comfy to wear.

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Akram's Ideas : First Dress of 2016 - Simplicity 1419


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  • This is so wonderfully sweet + cute + pretty! What a delightful creation. The big smile on your face in this shot just ad to the loveliness of it.

    Tons of hugs & happy Valentine’s weekend wishes,
    ♥ Jessica

    *PS* That floral crown is marvelous!

    • Thank you Miss Jessica, for your lovely words. I’m love this dress so, much I’m actually making a second version. I love my floral crown, it worked well with this dress. Hope you have a wonderful weekend yourself.

  • So bright and summery! I love the fabric and style combo, and the peter pan collar. It’s lovely to see those collar clips in action too! That really brought a smile to my face.

Akram Taghavi-Burris

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