I made the monster Simplicity 1609. She loved the dress when Dave, the Hairy Biker made it on the celebrity sewing bee. I found the fabric and pattern at the crafty sewer, tartan is great to sew with and not difficult to match up the pattern.
It’s unlined and very quick & straight forward to put together. It fits really well and the sizing is true to the measurements. I overlocked all the seams to give a neat finish. So very tempted to make one for myself! This version is 6 inches shorter than the original and to make it seam less homemade I added a label. Used a standard zip with this dress, I stitched to the base of the zip and then with a large stitch finish the whole seam. Press open and then place the zip on top of the seam, tack and then stitch into place. That way I get a good, hidden zip placement.
For the hem I used one of my favorite dressmaking tools, brilliant for very even hems. With the fabric left over I even managed to make a mini wrap round skirt! So enormous value out of 2 meters of fabric. I am cutting out my last dress before Christmas and hope to have it finish tomorrow – its my entry to the #gatherxmasparty.