Monday, June 8, 2015

Introducing "Pongo" for Simplicity #1061

I'm sorry to make you wait...


It's been really hard for me too. I am so excited for the debut of my new design created exclusively for Simplicity, and then named, numbered, and known by them as  #1061. My patterns are normally given a name, usually an association to the development of the design. for example, "Tia" is dedicated to my aunt who gave me the fabric that inspired the style (anyone know espaƱol?). 

Pongo
Pongo from Gowns by Laura
Pongo
Pongo from Gowns by Laura
Some of you will remember "Pongo" from my "Gowns by Laura" page. Designed several years ago, this dress with an asymmetrical skirt was a favorite in the many fashion shows I participated in. The classic style is still a favorite. 


Designed exclusively for Simplicity, #1061 is a charming jacket and dress duo with a swingy skirt and the same bodice and trims as the original. Paired with the so-cute bolero jacket, I think this fashion remodel is an across-the-board hit. 



Simplicity #1061
Sew Chic design for Simplicity

Wearing this dress, everyone will look like a knockout, don't you think? It's got a tailored look with a cut on sleeve and a slightly dropped waist that adds definition while minimizing less-than-taut tummies. Plus, the flared skirt almost guarantees comfort and style. If the lack of sleeves on this photo scares you off, don't let it. For most people, the shoulder will be wide enough to call a cap sleeve. If not, my sew along will cure that! (KEEP reading;-)
Pongo dress
Warm days or cool nights, add the jacket and you are dressed up for a summer wedding or ready for a cool night out on the town.  The three quarter lined bolero short jacket is quick to sew and easy to fit too, with just enough coverage and doesn't cover up important style details!. Match the jacket to the dress for a monochromatic look or bring the eye up to your face by choosing a contrasting color/fabric. There are two jacket versions, either with, or without a collar. Dress variations let you decide whether to include trim at the neckline and hem. 

The pattern recommends broadcloth, chintz, dupioni, shantung, faille, gingham, pique, sateen, and taffeta and cotton or linen types. Of course there are many many appropriate fabrics in between. The biggest difficulty is finding the right print! Light to medium-weight limp or crisp fabrics will maximize skirt movement, and don't forget you need that petticoat for structure!
  
As of this writing, the pattern is not yet available for purchase.

What IS available is the SIGN UP for the sew along! To kick start our alliance, I will be hosting  a sew along, to be delivered to your inbox once a week starting July 8. I ALSO have in my hand a copy of this Simplicity PATTERN to give away to ONE LUCKY WINNER. If you sign up for the sew along now, you'll also be entering yourself into the giveaway too. At random, one NAME will chosen from this sign up list and announced on the RELEASE DATE for this pattern, JUNE 12. The sew along will begin on July 8, which gives you a few weeks to buy the pattern and gather your supplies. Sign up here:

It's less than a week! Look for #1061 online and in stores wherever Simplicity Patterns are sold. I'd love to hear what you think of my newest release and can't wait to see how your Pongo turns out! 

Have a wonderful sewing day!

Laura


11 comments:

  1. Congratiolations on your wonderful design!

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  2. What a gorgeous dress. Love it!
    Iain.ross30 at gmail dot com

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    1. Hi claire, did you want me to sign you up for the sew along and giveaway?

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    2. Love this pattern! Will be checking the stores!!

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  3. Simply beautiful dress! Can't wait to wear my own at summer picnics!!

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  4. ok - when does it come out for purchase?!? i am DYING!!!

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    1. ME too! Check your stores- every day, then send me a message as soon as you see it hit the shelves!

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  5. Looks beautiful! I'll definitely look for it as soon as I can. How does preparing a pattern for a large pattern company differ from what you do when you release it your self?

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  6. I just bought this pattern, and I'm very excited to try it!

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  7. How do I sign up for the sew-along? I'm especially interested in your sleeve fix

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    1. Amanda, the weekly sewing along still resides at the "sign up" location. Link to it here:
      http://www.sewchicpatterns.com/simplicity.html

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