If you read last week’s post, you know that I recently attended the Mimi G Style 6th Annual Fashion Sewing & Style Conference. If you missed that post, you may see it HERE. Since I knew that Saturday would be a long day of attending classes, I decided to sew something comfortable to wear. I wanted to look cute and casual, so I chose this Maxi Dress by the Simplicity Pattern Company. Check out the pattern review below to hear about my experience with this pattern.
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Simplicity 8333 (View C) – Pattern Review
Pattern Description: Misses’ knit jumpsuits and dresses each in two lengths featuring a tie around the waist and cross-over bodice. Long dress has side leg slit, dress and jumpers can be made with halter top or kimono sleeve. Use stretch knit fabrics. Fun festival wear! Simplicity sewing pattern.
Pattern Sizing: Sizes 4 – 20 ( I cut size 12.)
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, it did.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, the instructions were very easy to follow. The pattern company rates this pattern “Easy-to-Sew” and I agree. A beginner who has learned the basics of sewing should be able to follow the instructions and complete this dress. Available as a printable pattern—for more information, see Printable Sewing Patterns.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love the casual style, side slit, and cross-over bodice. I also love the bias binding edge finish used for the neck line and front. Most of all, I like how quickly it sews up. I’m sewing dresses for an upcoming trip, so I need quick projects right now. This one may make it into the suitcase.
Fabric Used: ITY Knit. This pattern is designed for stretch knits only. The other two suggestions on the pattern envelope are jersey and terry knit. If you want to dress it up for a special occasion, try a knit with metallic highlights, or a lame fabric.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I did not make any changes to this dress. I did omit the tie, as I’m not particularly fond of ties around my waist. Although I’ve worn waist ties before, I just didn’t want one for this dress. I also omitted the pockets. Since the ITY is so thin, I didn’t want the outline of the pocket to show through. I will probably try adding it the next time I use ITY just to see how it looks. I just imagine it being too flimsy. Have you ever sewn in pockets when using ITY fabric on a semi-fitted garment?
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, I probably will since it’s so easy and a girl can never have too many maxi dresses, if you ask me. However, with all the other amazing maxi patterns on the market it may be a while before I repeat this one. I do recommend it for anyone who wants a simple design for comfort.
Conclusion: I like this dress so much that I’ve worn it three time already. In addition to the Conference, I wore it to my niece’s graduation (pictured below) as I knew that I would be comfortable because of the design and lightweight fabric.
Here are a few styling tips to consider:
- Casual Lunch Date: Fun colorful prints or stripes for dress, flat sandals or flip flops, big floppy hat, large hoop earrings, bangle bracelets, 3-4 multi-length necklaces, shoulder bag
- Church: Solid fabric for dress, sandal heels, sash or wide belt, single-strand pearl necklace, pearl bracelet, pearl stud earrings, fold-over clutch purse, and don’t forget your hand fan
- Fine Dinning Event: Dressy sparkle fabric for dress, evening sandals, evening clutch, rhinestone choker and bracelet, rhinestone dangle earrings
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