Top 50 Blogs
for Fashion Sewers

Subscribe to our FREE email newsletter and get the Top 50 Best Bloggers for Sewing Enthusiasts.

simplicity 2594 top A + scrap panels = another drop waist dress

Added May 4, 2013

by cathytxtwfr

Ouidah, Benin






I meant to make only the top from Simplicity 2594, but I had too much scrap fabric and couldn’t justify stashing it so I added a paneled drop skirt. The skirt consists of simple trapezoids: 6 print panels plus 4 solid red panels for a total of 5 in the front and 5 in the back. I also added side seam pockets with the scrap.

At least I started off with an effort to make more basics, but it seems I can’t avoid making dresses.

The fabric is a Ghanaian brand (Da Viva) but I bought it in Benin. The fabric is stiff, so I soaked it in a bucket of water for a day to soften it up so the neckline would drape nicely. Otherwise there was major poofage around the chest.

I volunteer in an art and music school in Benin, so that explains the background: it’s student work in my classroom.

I wrote more in my sewing journal here:


Spring, Summer

2 Comments Sign in to add a post

  • Nz_dec_2005_021_large

    May 4, 2013, 06.05 PMby sleepy-dumpling

    I really like this dress. How clever to use your scrap fabric. The fabric is awesome!

  • Screenshot_2015-09-26-16-04-13_large

    May 4, 2013, 05.00 PMby Mary Athey

    you did a smashing job on this. i love the two fabrics to’gether and its lovely on you x

    • This is a question
  1. Sign in to add a post

Add to Favorites no one added it