Pattern Review: Simplicity 8084
Shirtdresses have been all the rage this past year and I have taken the plunge and jumped on the bandwagon. When Simplicity Patterns were on sale this summer I snapped up Mimi G's Shirtdress pattern.
I cut a size 14 for this dress. I added an inch to the length, but other than that I made no fit alternations. However I really struggled for the placket to lie correctly. Every time I stitched it, it ended up twisted and didn't sit right. In the end I recut the placket. The same thing happened, but not as badly. I wondered if it has something to do with the grain of the fabric? I also had to re-cut the collar to be larger as I found it ended up being too small.
I am glad that I persevered as I love the style of this dress. With the blouson effect and waist tie, you don't have to worry about the fit and you still get good waist definition. As this dress is unlined I french seamed the sides and used bias binding to on the yoke seam for a clean finish. I didn't want a dress with sleeves so I omitted them and used bias binding on the armholes.
The fabric is a rayon or viscose that I purchased back in January 2016 when I went to stay with a friend in Rossenheim, Germany for New Year. We went to the department store Karstadt and found this in the sale for €3.99 per metre. It has a lovely drape and sewed well. Luckily the print is busy so covers a multitude of sewing sins.
I am so pleased that I persevered with this dress. There were multiple times that I thought about just chucking it in the bin. It is a great transitional item that works great with tights and boots, and will also be great with sandals in the Summer.
You can see my Pattern Review here.
Anyone else had any sewing challenges recently?