Sunday, October 19, 2014

Revisiting a Friend...

There are a few good things about actually losing some weight...a few pieces that I held onto now fit really well again.  I didn't actually mean to hold onto this dress, though. It just got packed in a bin and recently I found it when I went digging for a piece of fabric. One good thing about not buying so much fabric this year is looking for older pieces to use!  Anyway, I found this dress...Simplicity 3631...which I made in January 2008.


In 2008

Simplicity 3631 was a really hot pattern back in 2008. It was one of the first patterns from the Simplicity/Threads collaboration.  The jacket that was included in the pattern was made quite a few times on PatternReview. I actually made the jacket with a few changes to "corporatize it" with a matching skirt and that suit is still in my closet. 

The dress though had a slimmer shape and was a challenging pattern to fit. The black version was actually my second attempt at sewing this dress. My first one is blogged here. This post has a little more pattern alteration information in it. Honestly though, I'm surprised that I made it again because I had such a hard time getting the pattern to fit.

I rotated it out of my wardrobe a few years ago when I gained some menopausal weight. So when I found it, tried it on, I couldn't believe it fit again...guess I have lost a bit of weight!  

A few pictures...


Alone ~ now


With my favorite RTW black cardigan
back and front view

circa 2011

So I just lost a favorite garment and now I've gained another one...I guess things have balanced out and that's a good thing!

...as always more later!

26 comments:

  1. Love the dress paired with the black & white jacket! Hanging onto the dress was a good idea.

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  2. i love that you saved this and it fits so well now. You look great and yes - what you've lost is nothing to sneeze at! g

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  3. I have a complicated relationship with weight loss (equals illness in my family). I don't save a lot of stuff from either end of my weight spectrum, as I have no idea what will happen when/if I'm that size again, but I have saved a couple of things that I just like to look at in my closet. If I ever fit into the picnic dress again, I will need the happy that dress brings. Meanwhile, it's towards the front, and it makes me smile.

    And yes, sometimes it is like revisiting a friend!

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  4. That is a lovely dress. Love the lines of it. Sad it is no longer available. Great job.

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  5. What a lovely dress. Well worth resurrecting.

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  6. Simple, beautiful dress with some twist ;) Just keep it, it fits soooo nicely.
    Raisa

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  7. This dress is lovely and looks very smart. How nice to rediscover something. Really like the jacket from this pattern too. x

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  8. This is a great dress! I love the waist detail.

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  9. Congratulations on your weight loss. It's such a feeling of accomplishment when slipping effortlessly into a favorite outfit that has been relegated to the back of the closet. Beautiful dress.
    Cheers,
    Marie

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  10. What a great dress! Good thing that you hung on to it. Looks wonderful on you!

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  11. You can't beat an LBD for timeless class and this dress has that. Lovely.

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  12. Love your newfound little black dress! You wear it well.

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  13. Cheers for you for losing weight and cheers for finding "new" clothing to celebrate! Love this dress and the different ways you can style it.

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  14. Love the leather accent on the seam - very nice looking dress!

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  15. Whatever you're doing, you're doing right. This is such an elegant ensemble, and it's obvious that you feel wonderful in it. Brava!

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  16. I remember this pattern. Dress looks great on you; looks good with both cardigans.

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  17. Congratulation for your weight loss. I've been there too and I know what it feels to rediscover clothes that no longer fitted

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  18. Looks good, and congrats on the weight loss.

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  19. Great find, it's always nice when you rediscover an old favorite!

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  20. Ooh, I love this on you!!! The detail around the lowered waist seam is so cool!

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  21. I'm a little behind in my reading, but a s soon as I saw this I had to tell you: You look so slim in this dress! Clearly, you've been working hard, and this dress is so very flattering.

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  22. So glad you rediscovered this dress. It looks great on you and would be so versatile. Looking good lady, looking good. :)

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