Red Octurber – Simplicity 2444
Hi guys! I’m kicking off ‘Red October‘ early with a second version of Simplicity 2444. After I had worked hard perfecting the fit for the first one, it seemed like a waste to only use the pattern once. Plus, I really wanted a quick project to sew for myself in between a lot of sewing for other people.
I bought this fabric at the Goldhawk Road meet-up in summer. Red is my favourite colour, but weirdly I tend to sew with greens and blues most of all, so I always keep an eye out for pretty red fabrics. At first I thought this fabric was crazy. It’s basically a fabric that would not look out of place on a pair of Irregular Choice shoes. The design is what I would describe as overkill – there’s flowers, ric-rac, polka dot bows, lace trim, bobble trim….lime green, red, coral, royal blue, white, mint green. It’s pretty mental. But, viewed from a distance, it actually looks a lot less mad!
I also squeezed an age 18 month baby dress out of this fabric too, for a friend’s daughter. I used my favourite baby dress pattern for that – Burda 9750 – you can see plenty of my other versions of this dress here.
There’s not much to say about the construction of my Simplicity 2444 that I didn’t say the first time. I did a lapped zip last time but a centred one this time, just because I felt like it and I don’t have a particular preference. The one negative thing is that this version is a teeny bit loose, because I’ve lost a tiny bit of weight recently (actually I don’t own scales, so I’m just guessing I’ve lost weight, according to the way my clothes are fitting me). It isn’t unwearably loose, of course (as you can see): it’s just I could comfortably lose an inch at the waistline. My bust seems to be sticking at FF/G cup (depending on the bra); I seem to have lost the weight on my waist and hips, which I guess is a good thing! IF I continue to lose weight, then I’d have to redraft my modified pattern pieces to make this dress again!
Anyway… the photos were taken by the beautiful Beverley Minster. It was hard to get any really picturesque ones because the Minster is surrounded by buildings and the public are not allowed access to the gardens, which is a shame because there’s a fantastic plum tree there!
By the way, ‘Red Octurber’ is the way in which people with a typical Hull accent would say ‘Red October’. The ‘o’ is often pronounced ‘errrrr’ – making ‘toast’ sound like ‘turst’, ‘load’ sound like ‘lerd’, and ‘notes’ sound like ‘nerts’.
I have more projects lined up for Red October, it’s just a matter of finding the time!