Spring Dress Simplicity 8384 (Pattern Review)


This was an accident project. Why, you might ask. Well. In my head denim fabric equals to medium to heavy weight fabric. To my surprise the fabric I received to test for Minerva ( blog post about the fabric will go live in the near future so for details about the fabric you’ll have to wait for now) as part of their crafters team was much lighter. As a result I had to change my plans.

After shopping my patterns stash I settled on the Simplicity 8384. I had this pattern from one of the sewing magazine I tend to buy ever so often.

Pattern: Simplicity 8384 : Misses’ Shirt dress comes in a variety of lengths and hemlines plus a cut line to make a top. All have collarless rounded necklines with 3 buttons at bodice front, and they can be made sleeveless or with short sleeves. Dress features a handkerchief hem in knee and midcalf lengths or a straight hemline to the ankle. Top features three-quarter sleeves with small side slits. This Simplicity sewing pattern carries the American Sewing Guild logo in support of the guild.

Sizing: H5 (6-8-10-12-14) and U5 (16-18-20-22-24)

Fabric: 2.5 m of embroidered lightweight denim fabric 150 cm wide

Notions: 3 buttons, interfacing, elastic

Modifications: I cut view B with sleeves from view D. I shortened the bodice above the bust by 1.5 cm (modifying all bodice pieces and the sleeve). In addition I did a 1.5 cm sway back adjustment to accommodate my short back. I chose not to shorten the skirt but to let it be longer.

Fit: a bit to loose for my liking. I ended adding elastic to the front waist as well, not just the back as the pattern calls for. And, event then I will use a belt when wearing the dress.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?: yes (just keep in mind that on me it looks longer as I am only 157 cm tall and chose not to adjust the skirt length.

Watch out for: the pattern has a lot of ease, you might want to go down a size. I cannot comment on the instructions as I did not follow them to make my dress.

Make Again?: yes. I think I’ll make a shorter version after seeing Mimi G’s rendition of this pattern – here is a link to her version for inspiration. I think I’d like to make the top as well.

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