Summer is (hopefully) fast approaching and I have been in the mood to make easy to sew and easy to wear pieces in viscose, one of my favourite fabrics to wear in warm weather (or any time of the year for that matter!) In case you didn’t know, viscose is a breathable man made fabric made from cellulose wood pulp. I personally love the drape, movement and flow of viscose. It’s more forgiving over curves than some other fabrics can be.
Anyway, I took two patterns that I have made before and, heavily influenced by pieces I have seen hitting the high street stores, whipped up these two items. I don’t have much to say about either piece so I thought I would combine the two in a single blog post.
You all know Simplicity 8014 is one of my favourite patterns by now! I have made both views that come in this pattern multiple times, and have also made this pattern my tried and true shirt pattern. You can see the last version I made of this dress here. Since I made that version I have also made the collar smaller.
Simplicity 8014 striped midi length shirt dress modifications
- This is view C with the collar from A/D
- I added 25 cm to the length
- I left the side seams open by 36 cm for the side slits
- I added thread belt loops 38 cm up from the slit opening
As for the skirt, that was made using Simplicity 8019 and this bright floral print viscose purchased from Sew Me Sunshine (sorry, my fabric has now sold out but there are other options). Again, this is a pattern I have made before – you can see the last version I made here – but I made some fit modifications this time round.
Simplicity 8019 midi length floral button front A-line skirt modifications
- I added 4 inches to the length of the skirt
- I measured 3.5 inches down from the waistband and did a 1 inch full tummy adjustment
- I measured 3 inches down from the waistband and did a 1 inch full bum adjustment
- I used 2.25 inch for the hem. Really this skirt would benefit from a facing to hem neatly
So those are two pieces that I am happy to have added to my wardrobe. I am always a little wary of adding to much to my wardrobe for summer unless we are specifically going somewhere hot (our summers are just so hit and miss here!) but this year we are headed to India where I won’t be able to wear clothes like these, so I think I am just happy to indulge myself for now.