Is it a bird? Is it a plane?

16 Jun

I’m so happy to post about my new favourite dress!

This is Simplicity 2444; the dress that every man and his dog has made. Well maybe not the dog.


I used an amazingly buttery soft cotton lawn from Textile Express. I really recommend the company. Great prices, they’re very helpful, they send samples and the delivery is super quick!


The aeroplanes are varied in size and the repeat isn’t too obvious meaning no pattern matching to do.

I made a few alterations to the dress.


I did a full lining as you can see. I also took a massive wedge out of the bust which helped as both a small bust adjustment and a petite bodice adjustment, two for one.

As this pattern contains 3 inches of bust ease I think anyone with a bust larger than the rest of their measurements probably won’t need a fba. If I’d been a 34 C instead of a 34 A I’d have been fine.


I tried a lapped zipper for the first time and after a bit of head scratching I suddenly got it! The result was astounding. So professional looking and neat. I love it!

I wore the dress to work last week but no one was fussed.
“Hello!? I’m wearing a plane print dress! What’s wrong with you people?”

But when I wore it to this weekend’s meetup in Birmingham I got a phenomenal response. I was so grateful for everyone’s lovely comments.

You really made me very happy ladies!


The meet up was great fun. I met loads of new sewists, added some new blogs to my reading list and got to chat with lovely familiar faces who were in attendance.

I managed to not spend much (£9 for this metre of Liberty golfer print lawn! Thanks to Barry’s Fabrics giving the meetup group a discount) and I was fortunate with some excellent swaps. More on those later methinks


Thanks to Kat, Marie and Claire for another great day. It isn’t easy herding so many sewists about; I don’t envy them.

I hugged everyone goodbye and Claire packed me off to my Megabus with some lovely cookies she’d made.

I arrived home very happy but very tired.

I really do recommend going to meet ups if you’ve never been to one. It’s a great way to make new friends and have a fun day out. Excellent shopping is usually involved too!

Who’s off to the London meet up in early August? I will be if I ever book my train tickets.

60 Responses to “Is it a bird? Is it a plane?”

  1. Gjeometry June 17, 2013 at 1:21 am #

    LOVE!!!!!!!! I so loved this fabric when you posted it and think you did it total justice with this dress! Good to know about the bust adjustment. Do you have a tutorial you followed or info in a book for how to do that adjustment, I guess it’s a reverse FBA? I would definitely need to do the same adjustment (and for other patterns too) and would love to know what you did. Thanks Amy!

    (And, really, you don’t know if dogs have made this or not….there are some pretty talented canines in our midst. 😛 )

    • Almond Rock June 17, 2013 at 4:22 pm #

      Haha perhaps the dogs are smarter than I think. I’ll email you over something for adjusting the bust on this dress and the link to Moonbeam’s sba explanation which is good for patterns with regular darts!

      • Gjeometry June 17, 2013 at 6:44 pm #

        Fabulous, thanks so much!

      • Gjeometry June 18, 2013 at 9:17 pm #

        Hi Amy, got your email and responded to it. Thank you so much!! You are too kind.

      • Almond Rock June 20, 2013 at 12:08 pm #

        You are very welcome 🙂

  2. Juliet June 17, 2013 at 6:18 am #

    Colleagues sometimes just don’t ‘get it’ when it comes to awesome garments, I’m afraid! This is gorgeous, lovethe colour and the print is so whimsical!

  3. ooobop! June 17, 2013 at 6:33 am #

    I love this dress so much. Amazing fit. And a brilliant fabric choice x

  4. charityshopchic June 17, 2013 at 8:27 am #

    I absolutely LOVE the plane fabric!

  5. kathryn June 17, 2013 at 9:17 am #

    That plane fabric is so cool, I can’t imagine how anyone could not comment on it! I love your Liberty fabric choice too. I had forgotten there was an August meet-up in London, hopefully I’ll be able to make it, thanks for the reminder!

    • Almond Rock June 17, 2013 at 4:25 pm #

      Awesome. Hopefully see you there then. Thanks for your lovely comments!

  6. elise June 17, 2013 at 9:22 am #

    Adorable! I can’t believe your colleagues didn’t give you any dress love! Love that print and the summery style.

    • Almond Rock June 17, 2013 at 4:26 pm #

      Thank you! They’re probably sick of me after me made may

  7. Gillian Hargreaves June 17, 2013 at 9:41 am #

    Looks so lovely – just so right for the summer just about to finish my little floral number
    talk soon gillianx

    • Almond Rock June 20, 2013 at 12:13 pm #

      Oh thank you Gillian! I’m looking forward to meeting up

  8. Leila June 17, 2013 at 11:07 am #

    Love the airplanes! From far away you might not notice but close up they’re there! So cool!

    • Almond Rock June 17, 2013 at 4:51 pm #

      Thank you! It’s like a magic eye, the closer you get the clearer you see them pop out!

      • Leila June 17, 2013 at 5:16 pm #

        I love those magic eye thingies. No wonder I’m loving your dress. 🙂

  9. Clipped Curves June 17, 2013 at 11:44 am #

    It’s cute. I think it’s always a good sign when non-sewers don’t comment – it means you’re not wearing something that looks like it was made in a home economics class or that is a bit of a fashion faux pas!
    I’m making pyjamas using a lawn from Textile Express so I know how soft and lovely their lawns are.

    • Almond Rock June 17, 2013 at 4:51 pm #

      Oooh pajamas. They’ll be soooo cosy and soft. You won’t want to get out of them! Can’t wait to see the finished product! I’m a total convert to cotton lawn. I bet you could make anything out of it and still love it.

  10. grtescp June 17, 2013 at 1:42 pm #

    what a lovely dress, and the fabric is fabulous! I am always equal parts relieved and disappointed when friends and colleagues don’t comment on me-mades: they must not look too patched together, but I would like my work to be acknowledged!

    • Almond Rock June 17, 2013 at 4:49 pm #

      You’re so right! A very fine line of “Does their silence mean I am being complimented or insulted?” I think this time it meant “Stop going on about all your bloody sewing Amy!”

  11. sewlittletime June 17, 2013 at 1:48 pm #

    i love it! i have to get started on this dress before “summer” goes! and are your colleagues blind not to have commented?

    • Almond Rock June 17, 2013 at 4:48 pm #

      Thank you! Yeeeah get cracking with yours lady. Try out my theory about not needing a fba. Perhaps my colleagues aren’t impressed with aeroplanes and I have to go BIGGER to impress them?

  12. Marie June 17, 2013 at 1:55 pm #

    This is SUCH a cute dress – I honestly can’t believe that work people didn’t comment on it! What’s wrong with people!?! It was lovely seeing you by the way, hopefully see you in August ;o)

    • Almond Rock June 17, 2013 at 4:47 pm #

      Thank you! Sorry you didn’t get your hands on the offcuts. I think after this post calling them out on it, my work mates might never comment on my outfits again, OOPS! Lovely seeing you as always m’dear x

  13. Sabs June 17, 2013 at 2:20 pm #

    You know I love it, I couldn’t stop thinking about how soft it was after the swapsie on Saturday! Hope you don’t think I’m a crazy stalker for copying and getting the orange version…I promise I won’t make the exact same dress!! What did you use for the lining btw? – it looks equally as soft as the planes…

    • Almond Rock June 17, 2013 at 4:44 pm #

      God I know. I have to stop myself stroking the fabric while I’m wearing the dress or I’ll look like a lunatic! You’ll soon learn the temptation. For my lining I used a nude coloured poly crepe. I’m didn’t want the dress to stick to my tights you see. I so nearly bought the orange instead of the green, know whatever you make will turn out lovely!

  14. sweary sewer June 17, 2013 at 4:14 pm #

    i LOVELOVELOVE that fabric. gorgeous dress. 🙂

    • Almond Rock June 17, 2013 at 4:42 pm #

      Thanks very much! I’m pretty damn happy with it

  15. Sinbad & Sailor (@SinbadandSailor) June 17, 2013 at 4:53 pm #

    Love that fabric – always on the hunt for small prints that don’t require fabric wasting print matching! I’m going to try and make it to the meet up on the 3rd and it’d be great to see you again 🙂

    • Almond Rock June 17, 2013 at 4:56 pm #

      Oooh yay! Would be good to see you again. I’ll tell you again in person but congratulations on your new pattern release!

  16. Roisin Muldoon June 17, 2013 at 5:04 pm #

    Aw I’m sorry I didn’t get the chance to see this in real life, it’s so cute! My colleagues have mostly stopped commenting on my clothes too, but I think they’re just too used to me by now!

    • Almond Rock June 17, 2013 at 8:42 pm #

      Bah they’ve just run out of superlatives for your makes. Don’t worry too much about missing out on the meet up. There’s always others and you wouldn’t have appreciated the thundering rain we got in the middle of our walk! Sure I’ll see you soon 🙂

  17. Vicki Kate June 17, 2013 at 8:09 pm #

    Love love love love love! Just fabulous! I’ve loved that fabric since you bought it and it looks divine in dress form! Feel,very proud of yourself as you look amazing in it!

    • Almond Rock June 17, 2013 at 8:42 pm #

      Oh you are so sweet. Thanks VK! I think my smug little face proves how much I love it teehee 🙂

  18. Caroline June 17, 2013 at 10:48 pm #

    Hi Amy, we got the last scrap of your green fabric on Saturday!! Phoebe made it into a bookmark for Father’s day when we got home (with a plane button she bought in the Rag Market). I couldn’t for the life of me remember where you said you bought the fabric, so am very pleased to see this post – 2m of the orange will be winging their way to me shortly!

    • Almond Rock June 20, 2013 at 12:14 pm #

      Oh what a good idea. I’m sure that went down well. I’m glad you bought some of the orange colourway. I was really torn between the orange and green so I’ll get to live vicariously through you. Happy sewing!

  19. Hannah Elizabeth Smith June 17, 2013 at 10:58 pm #

    Hi, it was great meeting you on Saturday and I still can’t stop thinking about and drooling over your dress and that fabirc (thanks for the link :D) Birmingham was such good fun and I hope to see you at another meet up. until then I am looking forward to following your blog. speak soon xxx

    • Almond Rock June 20, 2013 at 12:06 pm #

      Thanks Hannah! Great meeting you too. Sure we’ll all see each again soon, it’s too much fun to not meet up 🙂 xx

  20. Danielle June 17, 2013 at 11:53 pm #

    The dress looks great – cute print!

    And I love the golfer print!

    • Almond Rock June 20, 2013 at 12:04 pm #

      Thank you! Can’t wait to cut into it

  21. larakrjacobs June 18, 2013 at 3:45 pm #

    I’ve just given you a super sweet blogger award. Obviously don’t feel obliged to do anything with it, but I just wanted to carry on spreading the love! x

    • Almond Rock June 20, 2013 at 12:09 pm #

      How SWEET! Thanks very much Lara 🙂

  22. Tabatha Tweedie June 18, 2013 at 4:45 pm #

    Beautiful dress, even more so in real life! Was fab to meet you on Sat. If you want help organising an ‘Up North’ meet up like we briefly discussed on Sat, let me know! 😀

    • Almond Rock June 20, 2013 at 12:08 pm #

      Ooh yes I’ll be mulling it over some more as there as got to be a way to make it successful. Lovely meeting you!

  23. Lynne June 18, 2013 at 6:26 pm #

    Your dress is gorgeous!! Your work mates clearly wouldn’t know a nice dress if it leapt up and bit them! I’m offended for you! 😉 Also, I love your new fabric. Any plans for it yet?

    • Almond Rock June 20, 2013 at 12:07 pm #

      Thank you! I also loved your new S2444. Such cute fabric! Ooh yes the golfers are going to be a Sassy Librarian Blouse!

  24. Erica June 19, 2013 at 9:09 am #

    Hey Amy!
    So nice to meet you on saturday! it was such a lovely day and so nice to meet so many fellow sewers!!
    your dress has inspired me too..! Luckily, I have local textile express (lucky, I know) so i’ll be going in there on my next trip to town!
    Looks like we both picked up the lovely golfer’s lawn fabric too. i bought just enough to make my man a tie..just a bit of fun:)
    I am contemplating the London meet up i might see you then:)

    • Almond Rock June 20, 2013 at 12:11 pm #

      Was lovely meeting you too! You’re very lucky to be so close to textile express, though it’s probably quite a temptation.
      We clearly both have excellent fabric taste. A tie sounds fab! I’m going all out crazy with a blouse.
      Fingers crossed we can chat some more in London 🙂 x

  25. sewexhausted June 21, 2013 at 9:36 pm #

    What great fabric! I love the airplanes and love what you turned that piece of fabric in to. Looking forward to seeing what you do with the golf print! ~Laurie

  26. Amy June 23, 2013 at 8:26 pm #

    Yay nice plane print! Yes it takes a sewist to see the details 😉

  27. frocksford June 26, 2013 at 3:10 pm #

    I absolutely love your dress! Doesn’t the print make you want to throw your arms out to the sides and zoom around like an airplane? I made a top from the same fabric, and that is definitely my instinct. (incidentally, I’m posting said top on my blog later today, so pop over to see it if you’re interested).

  28. Claire (aka Seemane) June 27, 2013 at 10:53 am #

    Hi Amy, it was lovely to meet you again in Birmingham – glad you liked the cookies!
    (Let me know if you ever want the recipe.)
    Claire 🙂

  29. Scruffy Badger June 29, 2013 at 8:29 am #

    So good to see Simplicity 2444 and with planes! I have just started my adventure with it, and have to say love it too! Yours looks fab but also in some ways good that it can pass under the radar (haha) so to speak as you’ll get a lot of wear out of it in everyday situations. And of course sewists would comment! That is obvious 🙂

  30. Lelie - A Bouquet of Buttons June 29, 2013 at 3:07 pm #

    What beautifull dress!


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