Simplicity 8014 and Simplicity 8019: midi length striped shirt dress and floral button front skirt

Simplicity 8014 striped shirt dress
Simplicity 8019 midi length floral skirt (worn with Simplicity 8014 modified to be a shirt).

Hi Everyone!

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.

Simplicity 8014 striped shirt dress

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.

Simplicity 8014 striped shirt dress
Simplicity 8014 striped shirt dress

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 shirt dress

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
Simplicity 8014 striped shirt dress
Simplicity 8019 midi length floral skirt (worn with Simplicity 8014 modified to be a shirt).

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 skirt (worn with Simplicity 8014 modified to be a shirt).
Simplicity 8019 midi length floral skirt (worn with Simplicity 8014 modified to be a shirt).

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
Simplicity 8019 midi length floral skirt (worn with Simplicity 8014 modified to be a shirt).

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.

Until soon!

Simplicity 8019 midi length floral skirt (worn with Simplicity 8014 modified to be a shirt).
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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

3 thoughts on “Simplicity 8014 and Simplicity 8019: midi length striped shirt dress and floral button front skirt

  1. As usual, your choices look great and the sewing super! Maybe I could just move to England from So GA, US, and share your wardrobe> :>)
    Charlieo

  2. Love both of these, especially as they’re both viscose—also my favourite fabric. Great job, Manju! Where is that striped viscose from? It looks very tempting . . . 😉

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