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Drat the Cat! dress - Simplicity 2403

Added Sep 14, 2010

by fullertonregan

Orange, Californ...






Misses’ dress with bodice, collar and sleeve variations. I made Bodice A with some changes, and the skirt which there is only one option for.

I really love the lines of this skirt. I don’t know if the pleating that is featured in this skirt (and I see all the time in patterns now) has ever been en vogue before, but I gotta say, I love it more than darts!

I decided to make the bodice a v-neck instead of a button front blouse because I knew I wanted to have ruffles and didn’t want all the muss & fuss of adding buttonholes. I lined up the notch on the bodice front and skirt front so I knew how wide to make the bodice front (if I make no sense, don’t worry about it). I just used binding to finish the arm & neck holes.

For the ruffles, I just cut four strips along the width of the fabric, so I had four 45" strips that were 3" wide. I used my rolled hem foot to finish them, sewed two strips together so that I had two strips 90" by 3", then basted and gathered the centers. Then I just pinned them down the center of the bodice & around the neckline. I had visualized the idea in my head and had also seen it a couple of places so I knew exactly what I wanted.

I used an invisible zipper and did a lot of topstitching on the bodice. Because I used a tissue weight linen, the fabric is rather sheer. I wanted to make sure my seam allowances didn’t get too wily while I was wearing the dress, so I figured topstitching them into place was the best remedy for that. After sewing the 5/8" seam, I trimmed them to 1/4" and then topstitched them down.

I love this dress. LOVE IT, love it, love it. I highly recommend it and felt that the instructions were really, really good.

Material Notes

I used a tissue weight linen blend for the top and a lovely cotton for the skirt — it’s a checkerboard made with a deep blue and light brown. It has the most lovely sheen.




Spring, Summer, Fall
Garment Type
Business, Classic, Romantic
Cotton, Linen

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    Sep 23, 2010, 12.09 PMby jellybean

    I love this look. The ruffles are beautiful and it looks great on you. Well made and great variations. I was just wondering how do you put it on without the buttons as it looks so fitted. By the way, I love your necklace.

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      Sep 24, 2010, 11.19 PMby fullertonregan

      Thanks Jellybean! I made the necklace too.

      The dress pattern uses a side zipper in addition to the buttons in the front. I don’t know if the button closures are just for looks or if they actually work since I just skipped that whole part of the instructions. It was a really easy adjustment to take out the buttons but not have to worry about adding a zipper in some funky place. :)

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    Sep 14, 2010, 11.36 PMby nettie

    It’s gorgeous!

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