Simplicity 2702 Sandwiches and Scuplture Arts…..


In my constant pursuit of clothing that fits my fascinating lifestyle of work, television viewing, sniping and planning Disney trips, I have revisited the tunic zone. Lord know I hate having to suck in and these are so perfect for the lazy abdomen’d!Mr B and I drove into Greenville on saturday to take in some culcha’. Ok, no. We drove in so he could gorge on paneer and goat briahni. We happened to see a sign for an art exhibit on Russian Icons and Faberge. The above was not from it. No pictures in the icon exhibit, I totally understand- this park was much more photo accomodating….. **Camera tip- you don’t need a flash if you have these legs** You know, when I think William Morris textiles, I think……algae green cheetah! Yes, I think somewhere in a well-tended crypt area, William Morris is doing some serious sit and spins inside at the idea of combining one of his textile prints- lovingly recreated in quilty cotton and paired with a cheetah spot print. But by the power of greyskull, it works! Ok, it works for me.Now about this pattern- are you tilting your head and saying, ‘Lisette?’ it looks totally in that wheelhouse. Where I should have stayed. The yoke on this is lovely in theory, but I found the attaching to be so annoying that I ended up putting the dress on Twiggy, building the collar and then sandwiching the dress into it and then top stitching it together.

Yes, I feel dirty!  I know it was a horrible technique! I know that there are artisan nuns wailing in horror, but I got a wearable dress and it has no exposed edges on that yoke. Other than adding french seams to the shoulders and side seams, I kept to the straight and narrow directions-wise. Oh, I left off the front patch pockets. It was starting to get a geriatric toddler housedress  look. My penchant for ballet flats and  disney jewelry can get a little silly quickly if I add too much festoonage- so I avoid matching bonnets no matter how much extra fabric I may have! No ma’am. I have standards.  make sure that all of my foolishness is age appropriate. Ahem…whatever.photo credits: meadhawg, pattern review. Sculpture is Aria by  Michael Jacobsen, 2007

65 thoughts on “Simplicity 2702 Sandwiches and Scuplture Arts…..

  1. tut tut… outshining public art. Whatever next?
    And as for dirty techniques… do whatever works! Unless you plan stripping to show people the inner workings of the dress I think you are safe…

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  2. Not only would William Morris be upset at the animal print pairing- which oddly does work- he’d be appalled that his print was recreated using modern techniques & not handspun, handdyed & handwoven using all natural materials. But I’m sure he’d appreciated that you made the dress yourself, although he’d thoroughly excoriate you for using a sewing machine instead of handsewing everything. The guy was a major zealot.

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  3. Until I saw your fabric combination, this pattern didn’t even blow my skirt up. The “Con” is that you’ve dashed my hopes that this neckline effect is an inside-out facing. Bah, dammit!.

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  4. handmadejulie says:

    so I avoid matching bonnets no matter how much extra fabric I may have!

    …here all this time I’ve been trying to come up with scrap projects, when I could’ve been making bonnets! Thanks for the laugh…and another super cute dress!

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    • The husband is very indulgent- I think my oddness gives him liberty, but a bonnet may cross his line style-wise! I’d hate to see the eye brow raising on that one!

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  5. sewforward says:

    Great tunic. Gee?! I thought I was the only one who wore tennis shoes with dresses (skirts)! Yes, it is true! My most comfortable pair of shoes begin with K and end in Swiss. What would I do without them? Never leave the house 😮

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  6. This is super cute, it has an essence of lisette (of course!) I was thinking that to myself and then you mentioned it yourself. Lisette and lisette knockoffs are da bomb! I dig that awesome button, fancy schmancy! Have fun running in your new tunic and working your amazing job 🙂

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  7. Tunics are a girl’s best friend! It’s pretty cute, and I agree with those kinds of tunic-y necklines..every one I’ve ever done drives me crazy!

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  8. mrsmole says:

    Your clothes are just so damn cute!!!!!!!!!!!! I love tunics as I spend 90% of my time crawling around the floor pinning up hems and bustles and don’t need to expose any of my backside. Love the fabric pairings and any technique that works and is fast and holds together through washings gets my vote. You look divine in green!

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  9. Wow! Great fabrics together and blended into a cute tunic that shouts you all over. Who cares about ‘proper’ technique if you find a way that works for you. Lovely!

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  10. Kat H says:

    That fabric combination goes together so well that when I read your description of William-Morris-paired-with-cheetah I had to go and take a long, hard look at it to see that yes, indeed, the pairing is that odd. In an oddly perfect way. (Heck knows if that made any sense whatsoever, but oh well.)

    As for age-appropriate foolishness – I am of the firm belief that there is no such thing. Thumb your nose at that concept girl, and just wear whatever tickles your fancy!

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  11. Love the fabric combo – I had to look closely to see leopard, had thought it was a cute green floral print at first! Great tunic, and fab length for showing off your legs!

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  12. Lookin good!! 🙂 I think your collar/neckline thingie turned out just great, and who cares how you did it as long as it works, right? ^__^ Definitely NOT getting the geriatric toddler housedress vibe 😉

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  13. The prints go perfectly well together so really you have William Morris a favour because any form of exercise is good for you ( even if you are already dead ) .More seriously this dress is cute and looks pretty cool.

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  14. How cute is that? I have to say not one part of that would have caught my attention, I’m not a fan of wearing green myself, but I really do adore your finished dress. Blogs are great for pointing out what my imagination lacks.

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  15. Great combinations of colours!
    I wouldn’t have added the pockets either as most of the time patch pockets on patterns are too small for your hands or they’re insanly huge to accommodate giant elephant mitts. Daft.
    The yoke sounds scary! but I think you did a cracking job on it. Can’t even tell that it’s been sandwiched in any way 🙂
    And my final (and most important) point is that paneer is scrumptious. I had paneer balti last night so am right there with you on that. Bravo

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  16. Oh I love love love all of your vintage patterns! And the colors on this dress are just tod die for! They are so bright and cheery! You did a wonderful job on this one…. as usual! Congrats!

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