Review: Simplicity 1099 | Mikaela's Graduation!

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Simplicity 1099 - Made in white stretch satin for a great Graduation dress option! Erica B's DIY Style!
White is the most common hue when it comes to graduation dresses.  And even though a cap and gown is worn, you don't want to have on a boring look-a-like dress.  That's why we picked Simplicity 1099.
Simplicity 1099 - Made in white stretch satin for a great Graduation dress option! Erica B's DIY Style!
Mikaela loves Taylor Swift.  So any opportunity she has to dress in a two-piece outfit, she takes it. She liked the cropped criss cross top and the short full skirt.  I cut the smallest size, which is the size 4.  For the top, I added an inch to the length.  She has a long torso and I needed to know the top would sit right above the skirt.  The top is very much like a bustier.  It's fully interfaced and lined with a separating zipper.
Simplicity 1099 - Made in white stretch satin for a great Graduation dress option! Erica B's DIY Style!
For the skirt, I used the short version and removed about 3 inches from the length.  She wanted it shorter.  For the particular occasion, I suggested that we keep it classy and stop it right above the knee.  I added a lining and used horsehair braid in the hem.  What we love most about this skirt?  The pockets!  Yes it has pockets!  Based on her measurements, I'd say that this pattern is true to size.  This pattern has so many great views, I'm sure we'll be using it again.  And for fabric, I used a stretch white satin
Receiving her diploma...

And picture with her niece, one of her favorite people!

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71 comments

  1. What a beautiful dress, and congratulations to your daughter.

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  2. Beautiful dress. Perfect for the occasion! Congratulations to Mikaela!

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    1. Gorgeous dress and young lady. Congrats to you and your daughter.

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  3. Congratulations to your daughter! The 2 piece dress you made her is beautiful as always.

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  4. Ooh it's so very beautiful!! I love that it's a two piece! She will love that top with some high waisted shorts this summer!

    Congrats on a job well done!!!

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  5. Congratulations (to you BOTH) ! Lovely dress!

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  6. What a lovely outfit! And such a gorgeous graduate!

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  7. That dress is darling! I have to share it with my daughter, who also loves Taylor Swift and is also loving the top/skirt combos. Congratulations to your daughter! Enjoy this exciting time!

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  8. Love the pattern you girls picked, so fitting for the occasion. Congratulations on the milestone. So glad to catch a glimpse of Isabella!

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  9. I got a little teary and I don't even know her! Wow, Erica. She is all grown up. And what a cutie patootie in afro puffs your granddaughter is. Right move to keep it classy. She looks stunning.

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    1. I know! It catches me off guard too and I live with her! Thanks Renee!

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  10. Congrats! The dress and your daughter are beautiful!!

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  11. Congratulations to Mikaela! She looks so lovely in the two piece dress you made her!

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  12. I have read your blog for years and have never commented. She has grown from a tween into a beautiful young lady. Congrats!

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    1. Thanks for taking the time to comment Toya!

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  13. Congratulations! And what a beautiful dress to mark the occasion! Mikaela looks stunning!

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  14. Wow Erica! Congratulations to Mikaela! The dress is the perfect graduation dress and she looks stunning!

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  15. Congratulations to your daughter Erica on her graduation! I loved her dress, she and your granddaughter looked adorable!

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  16. Many congratulations to you both, a beautiful daughter wearing a lovely dress (skirt top combo). She looks so happy.

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    1. She was elated! Thanks Heather!

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  17. Oh Erica, congratulation to you and your gorgeous daughter!!!! I can't believe how big your grand-daughter is!!!! She too is gorgeous!!!!! As always, you did an amazing job on her dress!!!

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  18. Congratulations to Mikaela! I love this new Simplicity pattern and am excited to already read a great review. She looked perfect for her graduation.

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  19. Heartiest congratulations! I saw this pattern yesterday at the fabric store and glossed over it. Your creation is so much better than the pattern images! Beautiful and elegant and so fitting for the occasion.

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  20. Your daughter is beautiful in that outfit--Taylor Swift couldn't pull it off as well as your daughter. Congratulation to you both on the graduation and making such a beautiful outfit!

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  21. Pretty.., the dress and your lovely daughter. Congratulations!

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  22. Classy, indeed! And congrats!

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  23. Her dress is very pretty and nice fitting. Congrats to your daughter for her graduation!

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  24. She is so beautiful! Congrats To her on her graduation!

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  25. Wow, does Mikaela look beautiful. Boy she sure has grown. i know we have seen photos of her over the years, from tween to graduate. She will be so glad you and she kept the dress classy.I was up in our attic yesterday and could not find much of my stuff, but did find my high school diploma.

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    1. I'm sure she will! Thanks patsijean!

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  26. She is as lovely as her mother! Congratulations!

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  27. She is absolutely beautiful and very classy. The dress is perfect. Perfect pattern, perfect fabric choice and perfect construction. Congratulations to you both!

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  28. Congratulations on your daughter reaching such an important milestone in her life, I also love her outfit.

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  29. Congratulations to your daughter on her graduation. Beautiful daughter, lovely outfit.

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  30. Congratulations to Mikaela and you for creating such a beautiful graduation ensemble for her!!! Your daughter looks absolutely stunning in it!

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  31. Congratulations to both your daughter and you! The dress fits her beautifully and she looks gorgeous in it!

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  32. Just Beautiful.....just like her MOM;)

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  33. Precious, both of them!

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