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Friday, July 28, 2017

Simplicity 8383 a swingy dress!

Have you seen this pattern yet?  I skipped past it last time I was looking at patterns.  That was a mistake!  I could have had this adorable dress in my closet much sooner!

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Look at how adorable this is!  That is if it is okay to say so myself!

This is an easy to sew dress and I literally sewed it up in less than two hours.  

It is super, duper short so I doubt I will wear this as a dress but more of a tunic.  Have you heard that rule, no mini skirts after 35?  I am way over that year!

I knew this would be short but with my limited amount of fabric, this was all the longer I could make it.  

I love how this fits at the shoulders and bust and then just flows.

This gorgeous fabric is from Stof.  It is 94% cotton and 6% lycra.  It stitches up beautifully!  

I reinforced those little areas where the sleeve attaches to the arm using a small piece of stay tape.

Look how smooth that upper back is along with the sleeves and upper arm.  

I recently promised a tutorial on how I stabilize the neckline...well here it is!

I use ordinary Dritz stay tape.  I can easily find this at JoAnns.  You can see where I stitched it on with it barely extending over the seam allowance.  

I use about every landmark I can on my machine or feet.  I line up the edge of the stay tape with a part of my presser foot.  After this step, I apply the neckband as usual.  The little edge of the stay tape is covered by the neckband.  

I had a blast making this dress/tunic!  It is well drafted and I can see making another view in the near future!

Thanks for reading!
Sue :)


  1. You look so cute in this dress. A lovely make and thanks for the neckline tutorial. Keep up the good work x

  2. I love this dress! You wouldn't believe what perfect timing this is for me - I bought a RTW top from a boutique here in Victoria BC that is one of my all time favourites. It's made of a black, drapey bamboo/cotton blend and is exactly like your dress! I wore it yesterday and thought to myself, "I should make myself some of these - I'm so crazy about it. I wonder what pattern I could use?" And there you are this morning wearing the exact same top! Thank you so much for this post! Of course I LOVE your dress/tunic! It's perfect - lovely on you and for sure I have no doubt you'll make more :)

  3. How did you feel about the sizing? Im hoping to make this for a girl who wears a 14 but the measurements seem a bit off.