Who even am I? Dressed for work in a pinafore dress with trainers on, and loving the whole casual look!
This is Simplicity 8641, made in a polyester crepe from Minerva Crafts. I think I used the Florenza Crepe which is a smooth, light to medium weight crepe with lots of drape. I think you definitely want to avoid anything which is going to add bulk at the back of the dress when you gather the fabric up there using the ties. We all know that black is almost impossible to photograph, but hopefully the shot below will show you: there are a serious of tabs that you feed the straps through, and pull on to tighten the back up. BTW, there is also an invisible side zip on the right hand side.
The pattern itself is, of course, the dress version of the burnside bibs pattern by Sew House Seven. I don’t think I could pull the trouser version off comfortably, but I love this dress version, even though it is way out of my normal comfort style zone. BTW, this is view B of the pattern, which has the slimmer cut skirt (with slit on one side seam) and the straight cut bib. This version of this pattern is really a wearable muslin; I think this would be so cute in a tartan for autumn, or a wool suiting or of course a very lightweight denim or chambray.
Women’s’ Jumper dress from Sew House Seven features bib jumper with suspenders and back drawstring to achieve a perfect fit. Sew House Seven for Simplicity.
I made view B which has a slimmer cut skirt, a straight top bib and minimal topstitching.
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Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
For the most part, yes.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Well, I just love I tried something different and I loved the finished garment! Very on trend and I can see this garment being made up a so many different fabrics for very different looks. Overall, the instructions are great, except for telling you to turn those great long straps through after sewing one end shut. Yuck! I just left both ends open, turned using my loop turner and then turned and sewed one end shut. Not ideal, but far less tears. Also, it is quite hard to get the inside looking perfect (topstitching facings from outside), at least it was in this crepe, but it’s passable.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
- I sized up for this make. By at least one size, and I still had to add an inch to the side seams (just at the hips).
- I shortened the length by 1 inch.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I would like to sew this again in a different fabric(s): a tartan would be cool, maybe with the waistband cut on the bias; a wool suiting, a very lightweight denim or chambray or a linen. Yes. I definitely recommend.
Preconceptions be gone. Tried something new and loved the end result. Will you?
See you soon!