Hello readers! Welcome to our first post focused on Simplicity patterns during Curvy Simplicity Week!
Today, I’m sharing the dress I made using Simplicity 8096, in a green/white gingham print cotton lined with green silk/cotton voile.
Pattern Name: Simplicity 8096
Size Range: 18W-32W
What size did you make? 26W/28W
What are your…..
Body Shape: Pear-ish/Spoon
Bra size: 44D
*Note: I received this pattern free of charge in return for a review on the CSC.
What adjustments did you make and how long did they take?
I graded in between sizes, did a slight swayback adjustment to the back bodice and adjusted the princess seams on the bust. I also adjusted the sleeves to fit. I initially added length to the skirt, but had to go back and shorten it as I had forgotten to cut out the front skirt piece (duh). Luckily, I had enough fabric to cut another piece, so my dress wasn’t ruined — just a shorter version than I had planned. All of these adjustments were relatively quick and easy alterations.
What was the construction process like? Did the instructions make sense to you?
This dress goes together nicely and is a wonderful pattern to sew. There are very good instructions on how to line the bodice, so if you’re a novice, you’ll be able to make this dress. I generally would have lined the skirt, too, but I didn’t feel like my fabric needed it. There is a piece of wide elastic on the back (you can see it on the photo below) that I imagine is there to add structure and help hold up the back of the bodice so it doesn’t gape. The instructions — as with every Amazing Fit pattern I’ve sewn — are excellent. They are a bit lengthy and might seem intimidating, but they give you a lot of fitting advice so you can achieve the fit that you’re looking for.
How did you like the pattern’s fit? Do you think that the design works well for your body shape?
I’ve made other dresses with similar styles and I like this one better than any of them. I like the way this pattern fits as well as the lack of difficulty in adjusting the fit. I prefer my bodices to be less fitted with more ease, so my version is not closely tailored. I’m sure I could have achieved a better fit in the bodice if that was my priority over comfort and breathability. I also love the pleating on the skirt, although I’m always unsure with styles like this if I’m supposed to iron the pleats all the way down to the hem. I decided that it looked better ironed down, although when it’s worn,the pleating tends to move out of place. I’m attracted to gathered skirts. but I can see how this style is more flattering to my body shape as it skims my hip/belly area without adding bulk.
Will you make this pattern again? If so, what fit or design changes will you make?
I’m definitely going to make this pattern again! I look forward to sewing view B next summer.
This pattern has cup sizes and I used a D (following my measurements and Simplicity’s instructions), but I think it might have worked out better for me in a C. I had some extra fabric at the apex and adjusted the fit on the princess seams to fix it. There also seems to be a bit of pooling on the front of the bodice near the waist, which I’m not sure if it is due to the wrong cup size. It doesn’t bother me and I still love my dress, so that’s not a game changer to me, just something that I will attempt to fix in a future version.
The back of this pattern is rather low (as you can see from the photo of my back view) and I’m wearing my usual bra with this dress, so if I don’t want it to show, I’d need to wear a different bra. I’d like to fix this the next time I sew this pattern up.
Do you have any advice on this pattern for other curvy sewers? Are there any resources or materials that helped you sew this piece up?
You might want to make a muslin of the bodice to get the fit right of this dress. Otherwise, I think it’s quite wonderful that this dress is in plus sizes, as I didn’t have to do my regular pattern re-sizing and the pattern alterations were minimal.
Pattern Rating (1-5):
Size range: 5
Construction process: 5
Final fit: 4
Overall rating: 4.75
Overall, I love this dress and look forward to making another!