Simplicity Dresses or Top S8983

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Buy the Simplicity S8983 dresses or top pattern, it’s perfect for an advanced beginner/intermediate dressmaker. Misses' loose-fitting Dress or Top with small stand collar, three-button neck fastening and back yoke. Sleeve style and length variations. Suitable for light-to-medium-weight woven fabrics.

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Suggested fabrics: Lightweight to medium-weight fabrics such as: chambray, cotton lawn, cotton types, crepe, crepe de chine, double georgette, linen types, shirtings, silky types, voile.

Note: Extra fabric maybe needed to match plaids, stripes, one-way designs fabrics or shrinkage.

Sizing: H5 (6-8-10-12-14) R5 (14-16-18-20-22), approx. UK sizes H5 (4/6 – 10), R5 (10– 18/20). Please check the size chart and finished garment measurements.

Notions: Thread. A: Nine 5/8" buttons. B: Seven 5/8" buttons. C: 7/8 yd. of 1/4" wide elastic. C,D: Three 5/8" buttons.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews
Love, Lucie
Great with a belt

It’s rather a break from my usual style but I rather think I like it!! This is a complete copy of the one that Julia from The Denim Company was wearing when exhibiting at the Knitting and Stitching Show, Harrogate.

The fabric is a medium weight denim with some stretch. It’s the perfect weight for this time of year

It is the belt that cinches it. Takes it from tent to something more wearable.

In accordance with my bust measurement (36 ”) I made a size 14.

I cut 6 inches off the long version of the dress, mid way between view A and View B. I went with the 3/4 length sleeves with simple elastic cuffs.

I cut out 2 yokes, unlike the pattern instructions.

Due to the slightly fiddleliness of the half placket I would say it’s suitable for an advanced beginner/intermediate dressmaker. It’s described as a loose-fitting dress or top with small stand collar, three-button neck fastening and back yoke with sleeve style and length variations.

The instructions were actually pretty good. There are more images and details in my blog post




Great autumn dress

I wouldn't have picked out this pattern from the rack but must thank Julia from the Denim Company at this year's Farnham Thread Festival for the inspiration. The fabric is their 'Agatha' and has the perfect weight and drape for this style. I set out to make view C; knee length with a three-quarter gathered sleeve. In RTW I generally wear a 10/12 and made a size 14 - the fit is fine although I did need to add a little length to the front hem - bust darts would have helped here but for a casual dress I don't mind this.

It's been a few years since I've made a dress but I really enjoyed making the half-placket and setting in the sleeves. Instructions were clear in the main; just a few places called for some careful thought and some extra pinning before proceeding.

Once assembled the flared skirt seemed a bit too 'hills are alive' for my liking so I ended up taking a straight line down from the underarm - there's still plenty of fullness because of the pleats centre front and back. To add a bit of extra styling I also added 1" tucks at the side hems to give a slight tulip profile, echoing the shape of the balloon sleeves. Oh, and of course, who wants a dress without pockets?! I added some into the side seams at hip level.

The interfacing I'd found buried in my sewing box was too stiff for the job really, and whilst I hope it may soften with washing, the placket holds up under its own steam and so I decided to do away with the fastenings - I quite like the slightly more contemporary feel of the button-free placket.

Overall, with a few modifications, an enjoyable and successful sew. Looks good also belted so think it will be a useful addition to the wardrobe.

Outstanding Company

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