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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!


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.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanks for stopping by!

Remember: When you live in your DESIGN, it is from there that God SHINES!

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Anita Morris

Anita is the Author of STEP Into It, Overcoming Trials That Lead To Purpose. She is also an Online Sewing Instructor for beginner sewists. She is passionate about helping women to step into their purpose by walking in the calling on their lives. She hosts a popular YouTube channel where she helps women to become confident in their sewing skills.

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  1. Rose

    I love this pattern. Please do a sew along. I have learned so much watching sew alongs. Thank you so much for all your videos/ blogs. I am learning to make clothes and could not have learned so much in such a short amount of time without Youtube and sewing website. Best part from the comfort and safety of my home. Congratulations on your website/store and book.

    1. Anita Morris

      Thank you so much, Rose. You have blessed my heart with your comment.

  2. CallMeSu

    Hi Anita!
    I was here digging up your casual collection post and of course my eyes wandered! LOL I had to share that just 2 days ago I did the exact same flub and sewed the cuff of my Patterns for Pirates to the wrong side of the sleeve! I too had to rip out the dreaded serger stitches 😀
    I was tickled when I read that!
    Lots of Love -Su

  3. Blondell

    ❤️❤️❤️ You nailed this! ❤️ everything about this look! The pattern, fabric choices and your styling. I shop for RTW pieces that I can style with three pieces that I already have in my closet. This pattern is a winner! Thanks for Inspiring us!

  4. Ros Reed

    Hi Anita, fyi – simplicity patterns on sale from December 5 – 8 for $2.99 & Vogue for $5.99.

  5. Shirley

    Anita, you are very talented and an inspiration to me..keep sewing. Blessings!

    1. Anita Morris

      Thank you so much Shirley! Thank you for blessing me too with your support.

  6. lynne laing

    Anita love the top and skirt.Coming from Australia our patterns are cheep at that price.
    Will definitively get that pattern after seeing your beautiful outfit
    Thank you

    get that pattern after seeing your beautiful outfit

  7. Ros Reed

    Hi Anita, I purchased my pattern today. I spent more than I usually spend, but I really wanted the pattern. $6.28 instead of $2.99. Oh well, I’m happy….thank you!!!!!!

    1. Anita Morris

      Hey Ros! I know what you mean Ros! It kills me to pay more than $1.99 for these patterns. JoAnn Fabrics is testing the waters with all these variations of prices. I’m sure it’s top see if we will pay. I’ve held off if I could until the pattern goes on sale at Hobby Lobby for $1.99. But, like you, sometimes there’s a pattern that I want now. I hope you will enjoy making your outfit. Have a beautiful weekend.

  8. Trish

    I love this outfit. I will definitely make this one. Thank you Anita, for sharing your talent with us. I am loving the sew-alongs. Have a blessed Thanksgiving.

    1. Anita Morris

      Hi Trish! Thank you so much for following the sew along with me. I’m having so much fun adding skirts to my wardrobe.

  9. MLGA730

    Happy Thanksgiving!
    Love the outfit!
    Have questions about the skirt– you narrowed the bottom hem — do you think it will stretch out of shape by not having a slit in the back or on the side? Also, is the skirt lined?

    1. Anita Morris

      Happy Thanksgiving. I hope it doesn’t stretch out of shape. I’ve narrowed the bottom of knit skirts before and haven’t had that issue. There is no lining.

  10. Gwendolyn Styles

    Happy Thanksgiving to you Anita! I have the pattern and hope to make it soon, you look fabulous!

    1. Anita Morris

      Happy Thanksgiving Gwendolyn! Thank you so much. I hope you’re having a peaceful day.

  11. Betsy Mach

    Anita – I was able to see your report on this pattern by clicking on BLOG. I’m sure we all appreciate your careful monitoring of your website, nevertheless. The knit dress is very cute … on you. Not sure it is quite the thing for me but I love some of your other pattern suggestions, especially the step by step sewing directions on the skirts recently. I’ve picked up some good tips.

    1. Anita Morris

      Hi Betsy! Thank you for your feedback and I’m happy to know that you’re picking up helpful tips.

  12. Susi

    Ooh really love this and it looks amazing yes definitely interested in a sew along please xxx

    Happy Thanksgiving xx

      1. Tracy Ann Smalling

        Omg Anita you picked the perfect color and the knit looks really nice. You are rocking the piece like a runway model girl, you are looking fabulous great job I’m definitely going to make it so waiting on your see along please do it for us . Thank you Anita you make sewing easier and fun have a happy Thanksgiving.

  13. Misty

    Happy Thanksgiving Mrs Anita, great outfit i would sure to make it, pattern on my list waiting for a sale, thank you so much for sharing

  14. Zina Henry

    Simply beautiful! I love how you styled it with different looks.

  15. Ros Reed

    Hi Anita, oh my goodness, I am lost for words…. Tooooooo cute. The sweater material is out of this world. I pulled my sweater material out. This is exactly what I was searching for to make with this material. I just have a hard time finding the pattern for a reasonable price. You are rocking this outfit.

    1. Anita Morris

      Awesome Ros! So glad you found what you were looking for. I sure hope you find a deal on that pattern so you can make your outfit.

  16. maureen

    I would love to learn how to sew this outfit. I even have some ribbed knit to use! I would really like to learn how to use my serger to create outfits as well.

  17. Dara

    Very Pretty Anita. Thank you so much for sharing this. i Am going to get this pattern. Happy Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

    1. Anita Morris

      Awesome Dara! Have fun making your outfit. Happy Thanksgiving!

  18. Karren

    Love the recent upload of Simplicity 8982 sweater outfit. Would love a sew along for this outfit.

  19. Lynn Wall

    Oh, I know where I’m going after work on Black Friday, THE CLOTH SHOP! Love this pattern can’t wait to try it out. Thank you Anita, you’re the best. Hope you and your family have a Wonderful Thanksgiving!!

    1. Anita Morris

      Yaaay Lynn! Have fun making your outfit. Happy Thanksgiving to your and yours.

  20. Liz

    I love the outfit with the tall boots! I would love to see the outfit with a shorter skirt, maybe just below the knees.

    1. Anita Morris

      Yes, Liz, it looks great with the boots. There’s a shorter version of the skirt with the pattern.