Simplicity 9326 modified: DIY Floral Square Neck Midi Dress

Simplicity 9326 modified

Hey Everyone,

Here’s some fitting/ pattern modification notes on Simplicity 9326 that I recently made. The main thing to note is that I added sleeves to this sleeveless bodice and changed up the skirt. Details below. The fabric is a floral viscose jacquard from Selvedge and Bolts.

Simplicity 9326 modified
Simplicity 9326 modified
Simplicity 9326 modified

Fitting Notes

  • I cut a size 18 for the bodice and graded out at the waist
  • I did a 1 inch FBA
  • I did a 5/8ths inch forward shoulder adjustment
  • I did a 0.5 inch sway back adjustment
  • I did initially also add a little to the back/ side back and side seam allowances but ended up removing that from the side seams
  • I added puffed sleeves using sleeves from McCalls 7811 (modified to be puffed sleeves), and added 8 rows of shirring to the bottom of the sleeves
  • I added a gathered skirt from McCalls 7974 but shortened the length of the skirt by 8 inches and added a ruffle to the bottom
  • I added bra strap carriers to the inside to keep the shoulders secure
Simplicity 9326 modified

Overall this is a well drafted pattern. I’ve been looking for a bra friendly square neck dress pattern and I think this is pretty decent. I did make significant modifications to get the look I wanted but I’m happy with what I got.

See you soon!

Simplicity 9326 modified

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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 9326 modified: DIY Floral Square Neck Midi Dress

  1. Welcome back! You are getting very good at creating your own designs. I always enjoy reading about your makes.

  2. I appreciate the details in your blog and I really appreciate your styling for curvy women. All your makes fit you beautifully.

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