Black and White Birds Mini Dress

Pattern Review: Simplicity 8216

When I first tried this pattern a couple of months ago I said that I wanted to make it up in a dress. Fast forward a couple of months and here we have it!

Construction wise I did nothing differently from last time. I cut a size 14 all over. The only thing that I would be wary of is the fact that this really is a mini dress! For me it is fine with tights, but a too short to wear bare legged. For those thinking about making the dress I would definitely bear this in mind (FYI - I am 5ft 8" so a couple inches taller than average). 

When I first finished the dress, I felt that there was too much blouson happening in the back, but viewing the pictures it is fine. It is super comfy to wear and a great work dress. 

The fabric is a polyester that I picked up in the John Lewis sale earlier this year. It was reduced from £14 per metre too £7 per metre which is a bargain. I really love the print of the fabric and how the birds look like they are all flying in random directions. 

The fabric frayed like crazy so I finished all of the seams on my overlocker. I finished the armholes with shop bought bias binding from my stash. 

I can definitely see this becoming a work staple! I styled it with a cardigan for the office. I have work shoes, but these photos were taken at my sewing group, which is a 40 minute walk from the office. It's a lovely walk across the Thames, so I pop on my Vans for the exercise!

You can view my Pattern Review here.

I have a stash busting dress to post next! And at the moment I am working on a more involved project which is an Autumn Coat. I am hoping to finish it when I am back from holiday so I can wear it October onwards. 

Happy Sewing!


  1. Your dress looks so cute! I like how you styled it.

  2. I really like your stylization. This dress looks sensational! The whole looks great! I see that you feel good in this dress. And this is the most important thing!

    1. Thank you! It has been a work staple since I made it!


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