SEWING MY STASH | SIMPLICITY 8909
Have you ever made a garment and knew immediately you would sew another one, or two? That’s exactly how I feel about this version of Simplicity 8909. I love it so much and it’s perfect for the sweltering heat we’re experiencing in my town right now. And, this is pattern #9 of my personal challenge to sew 22 patterns that I already have in the year 2022. That means I have 13 more to go. You can see Pattern #8 HERE. So EXCITING! But, before I get into the pattern, let me share some good news and where I wore this dress last weekend.
5 YEARS WITH BABY LOCK SEWING
I just celebrated my 5 Year Anniversary as a Baby Lock Brand Ambassador! Yaaayyy!!! I remember the days when I used to dream and drool as I watched other creators sew on Baby Lock sewing machines. So, when the company reached out to me in 2017 and asked me to join their Ambassador team, I wasted no time accepting the invitation. Hahaha!!! It’s been nothing but a beautiful partnership ever since. They’ve been good to me and I can’t imagine a better company to represent than Baby Lock.
To celebrate the occasion, I did a TAKEOVER of the Baby Lock Instagram account for two days. I had so much fun sharing with the Baby Lock community. On my closing post, I wore Simplicity 8909, threw confetti, took a huge bite of my pink cupcake (lemon-raspberry), and shared my heart of gratitude with the company. If you’re on Instagram, check out the posts and enjoy the tips I shared.
SIMPLICITY 8909 is a loose fitting, pullover dress pattern with four different design options. I sewed View D because I like the asymmetrical design and longer length. All views have a center back seam and a keyhole opening button closure.
- View A: Knee-length, raglan sleeves with ruffle
- View B: Knee-length, raglan sleeves with peek-a-boo opening and double ties
- View C: Maxi-length, short sleeves with tie belt
- View D: Asymmetrical hem, ankle length, sleeveless
The pattern is currently available on the Simplicity website in printed copy only. The company rates the pattern as Average, which is a step before Advanced (according to their descriptions). However, I believe you can complete any of the options on this pattern if you have basic sewing knowledge.
The sizing was good for me. I cut a size 12 on the top, merging to a size 14 at the hip. I didn’t make any other adjustments. Oh, how I love it when there are minimal alterations needed before sewing a pattern.
I scanned through the pattern instructions for the other views and everything seems straight forward and simple enough for a beginner with basic skills. Sewing the straps on View D require that you pay close attention to transferring the markings from the pattern to the fabric. These markings are crucial for placement when sewing the neckline.
The peek-a-boo sleeve on View B requires precise marking also to ensure that your ties are aligned properly. The asymmetrical hem calls for careful pressing before stitching.
I used bias binding to create the loop for my button because I didn’t have the elastic cording suggested by the pattern.
Inside the Garment
Here’s a peek at the inside of the dress. I like to pay attention to the finishing details on my garments so that they look just as nice on the inside. I teach my online students to do the same.
I used my Baby Lock Vibrant Serger to finish the armhole facings, the center back seam allowance below the keyhole opening, and the raw edges on the hem. Then, I hemmed the dress with my Baby Lock Euphoria Coverstitch machine. The pattern instructions suggest a double-folded hem for the facings, and narrow hems for the bottom hem and center back seam. Whether you use a serger or narrow hem, both options provide a beautiful, clean finish.
Take care not to skip under stitching the armhole facings, and stitching the facings in the ditch at the side seams on View D. These steps help to prevent the armhole facings from rolling out onto the garment.
I snipped the seam allowance below the keyhole opening in order to serge the allowance below that area.
I used this gorgeous Rayon fabric that I purchased from Style Maker Fabrics. The print and colors grabbed my attention and I knew I had to wear it. If you were at my Tea Time Live last month on YouTube, you saw me share about this fabric. It’s called Atelier Jupe Colorful Tropical Leaves Rayon (Cream/Greens) on their website.
The dress speaks on its own, so I didn’t have to do much accessorizing. But you know I had to add a hat. I wore a pair of pink, low heel sandals, a pair of hoop earrings, and a simple bracelet. I tried it with two different purses and it looks great with both. My green crochet purse is one of my favorites that I made several years ago before I got back into sewing. Hmmm… I think that played a big part in me coming back because I started using my sewing machine to sew linings into my purses.
Styling Option #1
Styled with pink low-heel sandals, crochet purse, silver hoop earrings, and silver charm bracelet.
Styling Option #2
Styled with pink low-heel sandals, silver hoop earrings, silver bracelet, crossbody bag, and green sun hat. My big pink hat would look great with this dress also.
How would you wear the dress?
Would you wear this dress? Do you have the pattern? How would you style it? Talk to me in the comments. I would love to hear from you.
Don't Forget your Sewing Project Checklist
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Links to Products, Posts & Tutorials
Here are links to products, blog posts, and tutorials mentioned in this post.
- Sewing Project Checklist
- Fabric Option 1
- Fabric Option 2
- Fabric Option 3
- Learn to SEW
- Baby Lock Soprano
- Baby Lock Vibrant
- Baby Lock Euphoria
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