Sisters and a Blue Dress: Simplicity 1587

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My family recently moved out of state, but, before they left, my sisters and I decided to do a mini photoshoot as a sort of last fling. I also had another dress from last summer to share, so it was a lovely opportunity to kill two birds with one stone.

This is Simplicity 1587. When I made this dress, I figured that I would have to do some serious adjustments to is to make it work. First I tried to add gathers to create a fudged FBA. That attempt turned out way, way to big and there was a load of fabric bunching around everywhere.

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On my second attempt, I tried to turn the gathers into darts, but I didn't account for any ease, so it turned out much too small. I decided then to just try it straight from the envelope. Lo, and behold, it fit pretty much perfectly!

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I'm not enormously fond of gathers because it doesn't end up looking super fitted, but it fits and is pretty comfortable. I decided to just do a circle skirt instead of trying to mess with fitting the other skirt. I had already had enough mishaps with the bodice.

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I inserted a lapped side zipper, and added a pocket in the opposite seam. I omitted the sleeves, and just used lace to finish the armholes. I tend to have difficulty fitting sleeves, which means that, more often than not, I just leave them off and add lace or bias binding. It ends up working out pretty well.

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I am wearing a petticoat underneath my dress, because it was quite cold outside. I only took off my sweater so that I could show off the details.

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It is my personal opinion that Kristin is pretty much the most gorgeous person I know. The only other person that gives her a run for her money is Photographer Sister. They are both about the best people in the world. I miss them very much now that they have moved away. I'm too used to us girls taking on the world together!

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Jolly day to you!

~Emily