Simplicity 8166: DIY shirred high neck line dress

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Simplicity 8166 shirred high neck dress

Hey Friends,

Today I am sharing my version of Simplicity 8166. This is a little different style for me, but one that I have been wearing lots since I made it. It’s great to throw on over a pair of tights and boots, and layered with a cardigan if needed. (BTW, I think this pattern might be heading to OOP soon).

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Simplicity 8166 shirred high neck dress

My version is made from a floral printed viscose. It feels very comfortable to wear. I did make some adjustments to the pattern (including some aspects of the construction – see below), and overall the fit is ok, but I should have done an FBA. The gaping is not that noticeable (only at one point), but if I made this again I will have to do that.

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Simplicity 8166 shirred high neck dress
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Simplicity 8166 shirred high neck dress

There are two main things to watch out for with pattern:

  1. The pattern has you creating narrow multiple channels at the neck and sleeve openings, and feeding narrow elastic through to create the shirred effect. Yuck! Who has time for that? I replaced all of that fuss by simply sewing lines of shirring elastic to create the same effect. Soft, comfortable and stress free.
  2. The length of elastic you are recommended to use in the pattern to create the button loops (8 cm) is way too long. I used the recommended size of buttons but used 5 cm long elastic strips.

Some close up details:

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Simplicity 8166 shirred high neck dress – neck button loop details
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Simplicity 8166 shirred high neck dress – buttons close up
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Simplicity 8166 shirred high neck dress – shirring detail on sleeves

Pattern Review

Pattern Description: 

Misses’ peasant style blouse and dress features a shirring or bow tie neckline to create a chic look. Pattern also includes skirt and pant.

I made view A.

Pattern Sizing:

6 – 22

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Yes.

Were the instructions easy to follow?

They were so – so. There are some things to watch out for, which I detail below.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

This is a different style for me but I have been wearing this lots since I made it. I like the high collar and the shirred sleeves. Nothing to dislike – if you watch out for a couple of things.

Fabric Used:

Floral printed viscose

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

  • 1 inch full arm adjustment.
  • The pattern has you creating narrow multiple channels at the neck and sleeve openings, and feeding narrow elastic through to create the shirred effect. Yuck! Who has time for that? I replaced all of that fuss by simply sewing lines of shirring elastic to create the same effect. Soft, comfortable and stress free.
  • I added interfacing to my plackets – the pattern does not tell you to do that.
  • I made my collar facing 0.25 inches wider than the pattern has you do.
  • The length of elastic you are recommended to use in the pattern to create the button loops (8 cm) is way too long. I used the recommended size of buttons but used 5 cm long elastic strips.
  • I took a 2.5 inch hem.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

I don’t know if I will sew this again, just because it is quite distinctive. If I did I will do a small FBA. Yes, I recommend – with caution.

Conclusion: 

If you favour the prim and proper victoriana style check this one out. I have been wearing this lots since I made it.

Hope you are all ready for Christmas! Here’s a shot of me with Kezia….no longer a baby (almost 9 years), but still excited for the festive season. Who thinks that this time next year she might be the same height as me?

Until soon…

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Simplicity 8166 shirred high neck dress

 

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By day I work in the exciting world of pharmaceutical regulatory affairs, registering medicines (!), but by night I turn in to a sewing diva, making all manner of clothes in my beautiful sewing space (which you can tour using the link at the top of this blog). I love how sewing and sewing clothes that fit my curvy body continually challenges me. I enjoy working with all different types of fabric, and whilst I don't like to put restrictions on myself and say I won't buy RTW, the truth is that I probably rarely do buy it, preferring the fit of my own me-made clothes. I love to use natural fibres where ever possible and colourful coats are an obsession of mine! Sewing is both my addiction and my therapy. You can contact me at sewmanju@yahoo.co.uk

10 thoughts on “Simplicity 8166: DIY shirred high neck line dress

  1. This looks really good on you. Did you lengthen it at all? It looks the right length for you. Based on the line drawings, I would never have given this a second glance but it looks really good made up. Well done! Lovely print, too.

    1. Thanks Masha. When I was in town the other day browsing I did notice lots of similar style dresses and blouses…I am quite glad I have made my own version which fits me better than anything I could have bought…even if it is not perfect!

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