Simplicity 8014: DIY Animal Print Crepe Shirt Dress

Simplicity 8014 animal print crepe shirt dress

Hi Everyone,

Today is a short post to share my latest version of Simplicity 8014. You only have to search this blog to see how much I love this pattern. Not only have I made both views of this pattern twice (this being the second time for view C/D) but I have also used this pattern to make my perfect easy-to-sew button up shirt (multiple times).

Simplicity 8014 animal print crepe shirt dress

You can see my first version of this view here. I made that version in a cotton poplin. What a difference using a fabric with drape makes! Sewing this drapey polyester crepe is more challenging but I love the feel and the (refined) fit.

Simplicity 8014 animal print crepe shirt dress

The fabric is this animal print crepe from Minerva Crafts in the taupe colourway (still in stock at the time of writing). It washes, presses and sews well. I used my overlocker to finish seam allowances inside. It is also, of course, very on trend at the moment. I love it!

Simplicity 8014 animal print crepe shirt dress
Simplicity 8014 animal print crepe shirt dress

Fitting notes

Check out my first version of this view for full details of pattern alterations that I made. The only changes I made to this version were to extend the full bum adjustment to give me a smidge more room in the high hip and also to drop my bust darts by 3/4″. Actually, check out this post on my shirts which tells you the changes I made to the collar.

That’s it for now. I have been busy sewing up jeans/ bottoms, and I am about to start another pair. They will all come to the blog soon.

Stay warm!

Simplicity 8014 animal print crepe shirt 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

12 thoughts on “Simplicity 8014: DIY Animal Print Crepe Shirt Dress

  1. I logged on to your blog just the other night. I think it’s wonderful that you try all sorts of patterns with a variety of fabrics. It’s certainly a pleasure to see a ‘real’ woman (not a fashion model) creating and wearing these styles. It is inspiring to read your enthusiastic sewing adventures including garment descriptions, fabric choices, pattern adjustment advice, and interesting detailing of each garment. As a casual sewer this blog is such a pleasure to read.

    I think the leopard print crepe dress fits you perfectly, suits you, and looks fabulous on you.

  2. I agree with a previous post writer who commented on how nice is it to see a “real” person wearing clothes and talking about the adjustments to the pattern. I cannot help but get angry that most models are a size 4 or 6 or less, but most women in the US are a size 14. I have ordered so many patterns that you have shown because I know how they will look on me! I don’t have to have a super flat tummy or tiny fanny to look stylish and put together. Thank you so much for just being you and writing this blog. I really enjoy it!

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