Simplicity Pattern 8146 Matching outfits for Misses, Child and 18″ Doll

Fabric used: Viscose, cotton lawn

How is the sizing? As with all Simplicity patterns, it runs big but it works for this loose fitting jumpsuit/dress. The pattern comes in sizes XS-XL and child 3-8.

How clear are the instructions? I found them clear, no issues.

Is it worth buying? It’s worth every penny. You are getting 6 patterns in 1. Bargain!

If you are interested in making a jumpsuit and not sure where to start, I could highly recommend this pattern. With its loose fit and simple elasticated waist, you will eliminate the usual fitting issues that come with trousers and jumpsuits in general. The dress is easy too, suitable for a beginner.

I had 2 metres of this black and white viscose and it was enough for 3 jumpsuits, plus matching bias binding..but not enough to pattern match.

The pattern came together really fast, especially the kids and the doll version. You sew the trousers and bodice together and the elastic goes between the seam allowances. There is a button fastening at the back but I don’t think you need it. I never undo my one and I didn’t bother with buttons for Sienna’s outfits.

I made a black and white matching collection for #sewtogetherforsummer challenge in 2019. It’s an Instagram sewing challenge co-hosted by myself and my friends Sarah (@sewsarahsmith) and Suzy (@sewing_in_spain).

Sienna did really well out of this pattern – I made 3 jumpsuits and 3 dresses for her. I highly recommend this pattern, easy peasy!

Monika x

Camping in Forest of Dean, I look so glam by the bin bags
First day in Ibiza
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Myosotis Dress by Deer and Doe Pattern Review

Fabric used: White broderie anglaise. Recommended fabrics are Cottons, Chambray, Lawn, Quilting, Rayon, Viscose, Crepe, Silk, Satin, Sateen..anything summery!

How is the sizing? OK, I understand this is supposed to be a loose fit but I found it too loose and had to size down. The pattern comes in sizes EU 34 – 46 (approx. UK 6 – 14/16). Not that size inclusive.

How clear are the instructions? I found them clear, no issues.

Is it worth buying? If you don’t already have a shirt dress with gathered dress in your stash it’s definitely worth having. The neckline is lovely, the rest is pretty similar to lots of existing patterns out there.

The PDF pattern went together fine, I’m normally off by few millimetres but I find the same with other pattern companies. I went for the full on gathered version of the dress, View A in white broderie anglaise I bought in Spain. The pattern calls for 3 metres of fabric, I only had 2. The extra fabric is needed for the gathering. If you are happy with some subtle gathering, you can make it work with less than 3m.

In terms of construction, if you made dresses before this will be a fairly easy make. The collar and the front facing came together easily and I was very pleased with the fit of the sleeves. I had to make the skirt longer, I found the pattern a bit too short (I’m 165cm tall, 5’5) . The biggest challenge was all the gathering – not my favourite job! I didn’t line this dress, I wear a viscose slip instead. It will be a good beach cover up too, simply throw over the swimsuit and head to the bar (hopefully, one day).

Close up of the low key gathers and of that beautiful fabric.

I like to make classic pieces and also the latest trends, just like this dress. I think if you remove the gathered sleeves, it becomes a simple summer dress so I might do that in a few years time..if I don’t spill ketchup all over it by then!

Monika x

Frankie Top/Dress by Tessuti Fabrics Review

Fabric used: Jersey. This pattern is designed for knit fabrics (jersey, ponte).

How is the sizing? Very good, I didn’t need any adjustments. The pattern comes in size XXS-XL (AUS sizing, bust 81cm to 106cm).

How clear are the instructions? Nice and clear. This dress is a quick make and I like the way the neckline is finished.

Is it worth buying? Absolutely! The price is 14AUD ( cca 7.50GBP, 8.40 EUR, 9.50USD ). It comes with two dress lengths, a top and four sleeve lengths (short, elbow, three quarter and full). I think the fit around the shoulders is excellent.

I have a PDF version of this pattern, there are 42 pages to print; seam allowances are included. I have a love-hate relationship with PDF patterns – I hate taping them together but I love the instant gratification. I’m sure I’m not the only one.

For my version I chose a stripy fabric in pink…yes, I’m basically copying the pattern cover. The construction was quick and easy, you only slow down for the neckline. All you’re doing is folding the overlocked edge of the neckline and stitching it down. The back has a facing which is stitched down. I used a stretch twin needle.

The set in sleeves are sewn in flat, which is the quickies and easiest method. Only the shoulder seams are sewn together, the sleeve is attached flat.

I really like the fit. It skims over your shoulder and bust, not too oversized. This is the kind of garment you’ll wear until it falls apart and can’t be repaired. I had some leftover fabric and made a little matching dress for Sienna.

I can’t believe I haven’t made another one yet but with so many new patterns coming out it’s difficult to stay focused.

Monika x

The Jessica dress by Mimi G Style review

Fabric used: Cotton lawn (Art Gallery fabric). You could use so many different fabrics – rayon, linen, cottons…

How is the sizing? The bodice is fantastic. I was very happy with the fit, only small tweaks were required. The pattern comes in size XXS-XL.

How clear are the instructions? Very clear plus there is a YouTube sewalong.

Is it worth buying? Absolutely! At the time of writing (May 2020) this pattern is $3 but I’d recommend this pattern even if it was $12.

As mentioned above, Mimi G has a video sewalong and the dress is so easy to make I won’t go into construction too much.

There are 2 pattern pieces for the bodice front and 2 pieces for the back. This allows you to achieve better fit. There is a facing for the neckline but since my fabric was a bit sheer I lined my dress.

As you can see I changed the skirt part of the dress. Instead of gathering I went for a half circle skirt with 2 pleats in the front.

Here is Sienna pretending to do some measuring. These photos were taken before we put the floor in. My little sewing room was the first room to be renovated in the house. Not sure whether to be proud or ashamed of that statement.

I know some people might be concerned about the thin straps but nothing stops your from making them a bit wider. Talking of straps, they were quite long so make sure to pin and try the dress on first before sewing them in. I know I’m stating the obvious but I ended up unpicking as they were too long. So it’s a reminder for myself too 🙂

I absolutely love this dress and take it with me on every trip.

I would really love a classic version in black which would work all year round. It’s hard buying plain fabrics when there are so many beautiful prints calling my name but I do love a LBD. Watch this space!

Monika x

My favourite shirtdress pattern – Simplicity 8014

My first shirtdress as an absolute beginner (in poplin)

Do I love this pattern? Yes. I made it 8 times so far for myself and my sister.

What fabric did I use? So far I made it in cotton poplin, lawn, viscose, viscose twill, denim and chambray. All work really well and create a different silhouette.

How is the sizing? It runs a bit big. However, as with any pattern, be it indie or “Big 4”, I completely disregard the sizing and go straight to “finished garment measurements. I find this is the only way to get the fit I want. I’m 165cm (5’5) tall and the length is perfect for me. The pattern comes in size 6-24.

How clear are the instructions? I made my first version as a beginner and made some mistakes with the collar. If you’re an adventurous beginner, look up YouTube tutorials on collar constructions. These days I do NOT make my collar and then attach it to the shirt. I prefer to construct it on the shirt. I sew the collar stand to the neckline and then add the collar. That way I know my pieces fit. On my first attempt the collar stand ended up being much longer that the finished shirt.

Is it worth buying? Absolutely! You get 4 different options with this pattern and the classic shape it will never go out of fashion. I usually wait for the 50% sale offers and get my patterns then.

I have used this pattern so many times it’s definitely earned its own little review post, mainly to share all the different versions I’ve made so far.

I wish my sister did some modelling for me. These dresses look so good on her. Maybe one day.

I’m planning one in black pique and silver grey, view B again. I’d love to try View A..and also view C and D. I don’t think I’ll ever get bored of this pattern. If you haven’t tried it, you should but please please check the finished measurements first!

Monika x