Polka Dot Mimi G Shirtdress
Pattern Review: Simplicity 8221
I snapped up quite a few Mimi G patterns back last year during a Simplicity sale and Simplicity 8221 has been in my stash waiting for the right fabric.
The fabric used was a stretch linen look denim picked up from John Lewis during the sale for £7 per metre. It cut and sewed so beautifully, that I it did make me remember how easy it is to work with wovens sometimes. Especially after my last chiffon dress here!
I cut a size 16, and I think that it fits pretty well out of the envelope. You can see in the photo below that for next time it would be worth doing a swayback adjustment to get rid of the pooling. The line drawings of the pattern show that there there are fish eye darts in the back. However, there isn't a huge amount of shaping, which I think is why a tie belt has been included.
To tell you the truth, I fell out of love whilst making this dress as I thought that I had made it too small on the hips. I had the right bit of ease at the waist, but I was kicking myself for not grading up to an 18 on the hips. In the end I just decided to plough on and give the finished dress to the charity shop. However, when I tried this on once the side seams were sewed up it fit perfectly! I was saved by the stretch denim!
In addition to the sizing, for some reason I found sewing the placket for the buttons really hard. I think that it is due to the bulk of the fabirc (despite it not actually being that thick for a denim). I also found that the double collar, which is a cool design feature, added bulk too.
Although I love a shirtdress, this silhouette feels more body con than I am used too. At first I felt really self conscious when wearing it, but I think that I just need to be brave as everyone that has seen it has commented on how slimming it is. I am pleased that I pursued with this one as it is fun shirtdress for my wardrobe! I like it when something that you think is a failure surprises you.
You can see my Pattern Review here.
I feel like I have initially been really excited by a few of the patterns that I have cut out, only to fall out of love with them whilst sewing them up. I hope that this changes in September!