I DID it!!! Whew! I completed my first project for the Sew Your View challenge. This is a monthly sew-along challenge dedicated to keeping sewists creating. Each month a pattern is chosen, you choose the view you want to sew and they highlight your make on their Instagram account. The guest host for November’s challenge was Teameaka at the Instagram account @crumpetsteaandsewing.
When I first laid eyes on Simplicity 8982, my heart skipped a beat and I KNEW I had to have it. So imagine my pleasant surprise when I saw that it was chosen as Pattern of the Month by Sew Your View.
I really wanted to join this sew-along but I didn’t think I would be able to because November has been some kind of month. However, at the last minute, I decided to hold off on the project I was about to start and push this one through first.
I’m so in love with this ensemble. Oh my goodness! I feel like I’ve scored–BIG TIME! Adding two lovely pieces to my wardrobe that can be worn together and separately is right in line with my current sewing needs. And the BONUS–another SKIRT!
SIMPLICITY 8982 | PATTERN REVIEW
It’s been quite a while since I’ve offered a pattern review here, and I thought this would be a great time to share my thoughts on a new pattern.
If you’re a beginner, get happy, because this one’s for you.
I used my Baby Lock Vibrant Serger to sew all seams, with the exception of back darts on the skirt and hems on both pieces.
Pattern Description: Easy to Sew Misses’ Dress or two-piece top and skirt. Designed and sized for stretch knits only. Dress is below-knee length with long sleeves. Top has straight or cuffed sleeve options. Pull-on skirt is elasticated at waist. Two length options. (Provided by Pattern Company)
I sewed View C top with the crew neck and sleeve cuffs, and View D skirt (midi length).
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, I believe my ensemble looks identical to that of the model on the pattern envelope. See, I even tried to pose like her. Hahaha!
Were the instructions easy to follow? Although I didn’t need the instructions, I did read through so that I could offer feedback here. They are very straight forward so that a true beginner, with basic sewing knowledge, can complete the pieces with ease. Simplicity rates the pattern as “easy-to-sew” and I agree.
Pattern Sizing: The pattern is available in sizes 6 – 22 (I cut size 10 top and 12 skirt.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? The first thing that drew my attention to this pattern was top. The sleeves and cuffs are such a nice touch to a very simple bodice. They add just enough volume and interest to elevate the top.
I really appreciate that there wasn’t an excessive amount of ease at the waist of the skirt, which means it doesn’t have that overly gathered look.
Fabric Used: This pattern is sized for stretch knits only, such as Jersey, Rib Knit, ITY Knits, Bamboo Knit, Modal Knit, Velour and Sweater Knits. I used a green ribbed knit that I purchased from Michael Levine Fabrics some years ago.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
After sewing the side seams together, the skirt was wider than I like at the hem, so I pegged the bottom of the skirt 1″ on each side and tapered up for a more narrow opening.
For the top, I attached clear elastic along the seam line at the shoulders on the back piece to prevent the fabric from stretching out of place.
I hand sewed the hems for both pieces because I didn’t want the stitching line to show.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I highly recommend this pattern to others, especially beginners.
I’m already thinking about making another one for myself. Should I decide to do that, I will probably create two separate sew-along videos for my beginners. Let me know if you’d be interested.
Conclusion: Overall, this is a great pattern. Word of caution with any pattern. Pay attention when attaching pieces to make sure they’re placed properly before sewing, especially if you’re serging the seams together. I accidentally attached one of the sleeve cuffs to the wrong side of the sleeve. Out came the handy seam ripper. If this has never happened to you, it will. So keep sharp seam rippers near you whenever sewing.
Oh, My, Goodness! The styling options are totally endless for these two pieces and I can’t wait to play.
Styling Options for the Top: Pair it with jeans and a pair of boots. Throw on a pair of slacks and pumps for the office. Rock it with a printed skirt like plaid, stripes, or floral and a pair of booties.
Styling Options for the Skirt: Wear it with a crisp, white button down shirt and pearls (OMGosh, I can’t wait), with a wide belt around the waist. It would look great with a t-shirt and pair of sneakers. How about a pussy bow blouse topped with a blazer and a pair of pumps for the office? I can totally see it with a boat neck tank with a small, silk neckerchief, a pair of sexy sunglasses and high heel sandals, for warmer weather.
Well, I know what I’ll be wearing to church on Sunday. Good thing I made it this week, because it’s getting cold and windy. The fabric is soft, cozy and comfortable. I’m thinking of rocking this with my high boots.
If you’re on Instagram and want to join the next Sew Your View challenge, check them out. Sending a huge thank you to Teameaka for hosting the sew-along this month. She did an amazing job.
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