adult's clothing · sewing

he used to bring me roses….

Like many others, I have finally sewn up a Lisette Portfolio dress, aka Simplicity 2245.

Lisette Portfolio dress

This is the dress version – there is also a top and a tunic – made from soft denim. You’ve already seen this denim plenty of times – I used it in these dresses and this bag. And I still have some left! Not bad for an op-shop purchase of around $10. The orange sleeve bands and neck trim come from Ikea. Because it’s fairly heavy weight, I didn’t interface any of it.

Lisette Portfolio dress

I rather like the buttoned opening on the back, even though it’s not really necessary. This goes over my head fine without the buttons being undone.


But I think that my favourite part of this dress is the way that the front princess seams extend into pockets! Just adorable and so practical!


This is in size 12, without any alterations other than taking a two inch hem and accidentally cutting the sleeve bands narrower than I was meant to. I used the blind hemming stitch on my machine and you can barely see it. I think that it is time to explore the functionality of my machine a little further and use a few more of the specialty stitches and the specialty feet.

Lisette Portfolio dress

I recommend this pattern – it seems to look good on most people, and has lovely details. I’ll possibly even use it again! The pattern also includes a pair of pants, which I haven’t seen made up all that often but are a nice slimline shape. Very versatile and a little unusual.

Lisette Portfolio dress

But there is one problem with this dress – did you wonder about the title of this blog post? When I was sewing this up at Sewjourn, my gorgeous friend Megan exclaimed “oh my, I hope you don’t mind me saying this, but in that fabric your dress really reminds me of a prison smock…”

he used to bring me roses...

Just call me Bea.


12 thoughts on “he used to bring me roses….

  1. Ssh don’t tell anyone but I bunked most of year 13 History so I could go home at 2.30pm and watch that programme. Before VCRs. No surprise that HIstory was my lowest exam mark LOL.

  2. Great frock! And love the last pic. I made a lightweight voile one of these, which needs lots of layers in winter, so I think a thicker winter one is on the cards. Great choice!

  3. Haha – Love the last picture. When I saw the pattern, I dismissed that dress as something that would never suit me, as the model on the pattern is so tall and thin, but I’m actually thinking about it now, especially with the pockets.

  4. I have not laughed as hard as when i first saw that pic – I will admit I was at traffic lights and looked like some sort of lunatic.
    I love the ‘prison smock’ with the tights and boots combo – do you know I haven’t even looked at the pants on that pattern??!!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s