This is Simplicity S9101. The pattern is very simple. It only has 6 pieces, and I cut all six because I planned on making both dresses, which I did. This is View B and I cut a medium. This would be a very good pattern for a beginner. You have many options with the sleeves and lengths for modifications and the pattern could easily be made into a top or maxi, as I did.
The fabric is an African fabric I bought from Etsy. I have bought many prints from a couple of Etsy shops and I have been very satisfied with them. When I purchased this fabric, I thought, what am I going to do with this? Many of the African print fabrics have very large prints on them, and it can be difficult to place the patterns when working with them. I am new to these prints, so I have had to think about cutting into them prior to actually cutting into them. At this point, I have made a few items and have been satisfied with them all. Keeping in mind, placement is the key prior to cutting. I love the colors in this fabric, especially since we are now in spring. Just a few weeks ago, I would not have dreamed of cutting anything with these bright beautiful colors, and just like that, it is appropriate because of the season change. This fabric is also very good to work with because you don’t have the problem of fraying or shrinking. It comes out of the washer and dryer, the same way it went in. And I love that.
Needless to say, I felt so beautiful when I wore my dress. It is a loose-fitting dress with attached tie ends. The ties attach at the sides, so there is no gathering in the back, which was a concern. But after making the dress, it was not an issue. Everything fit perfectly. I made mine a little longer than the pattern because I wanted a maxi, so I made a couple of modifications. I wish I had added a few more inches to the bottom because I wanted to wear it with wedges. However, if I wore it with flat sandals, it would be a perfect length. So, I guess it is okay where it is. The dress is very comfortable. At the end, I decided instead of making bias tape from the fabric for the neckline, I decided to use some bias tape I already had and add to the sleeve as well, to give it a little more flavor.
I had enough fabric to add a headwrap to my dress. That completed the look for me. Below are pictures of two ways to wear the headwrap. There are several ways you can wear it, including wrapping and knotting in the front.
I am very happy with this dress and can’t wait to make it again. In closing what I liked about the pattern is its simplicity. Very easy to figure out and make and it turned out great. That’s a wrap for now, but I can’t wait to show you a new project, pattern, or DIY something. Thank you for allowing me to share this project with you. Leave a comment and please “Like” if you like. I love sharing my projects with you. Also, if you have not subscribed yet, please consider doing so. You can subscribe below. Make it a great day, and Make life better, one project at a time, for yourself and someone else.
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