Simplicity 8014- A Plaid Shirtdress

I made a shirtdress!!! It makes me so happy to know that I can know make clothes for myself if I choose to. They may not turn out perfectly but it still feels good to create something. Today I wanted to share pictures and my thoughts about this shirtdress that I made using Simplicity 8014.

Simplicity 8014

You may remember me mentioning this dress in my Fall Sewing Plans Post. It is one of four things that I want to sew for myself during the fall. And I’m just realizing that fall is almost over and I’ve only completed one item. Oh well, my fall plans will also make great winter makes too.  🙂

Simplicity 8014

I really enjoyed sewing this shirtdress using view C of the Simplicity 8014 pattern. I feel like it was a great fit for my skill level. It wasn’t too hard and it wasn’t too easy either.

Simplicity 8014

Simplicity 8014 What I Liked about this Pattern

  • I really liked that it allowed me to practice making lots of buttonholes, which I must say were super easy with my Brother CS6000i sewing machine.                                                    
  • It allowed me to practice making a different collar style. This was my first time sewing a mandarin style collar. My collar was far from perfect since I sewed one side of the collar smaller than the other side. However, it’s not that big of a deal to me, so I just left it that way. I don’t think it’s too noticeable without it being buttoned up.
  • Pockets!!! I love that this dress has pockets. There are pockets in the front and pockets on the side of this dress.
  • I liked that the pattern instructions were easy to follow and that the dress turned out great.

Simplicity 8014

How I Modified Simplicity 8014 View C

  • I made a few modifications to view C of this pattern. View C calls for the sleeve to be sewn with a cuff and a continuous lap. A continuous lap is the little piece of fabric that you button to your sleeve when you sometimes want to make a long sleeve shirt into a short sleeve shirt.                                                                                        I choose to make my sleeves without the cuff or the continuous lap. I initially lost the continuous lap pattern piece. But even when I found it I knew that I didn’t want to add it to my sleeve. I don’t know about you but I hate trying to iron those little continuous lap pieces on shirts. It seems like they always get super wrinkled. Then you have to take special care to iron that small piece of fabric. I also don’t like having that little button on my sleeve. So I just did away with those design features.
  • I also didn’t add a button to close the mandarin collar. But that was due to the mistake mentioned above. Since, one side of my collar was bigger than the other side adding a button to my collar would only highlight that mistake. So I choose not to add a button to the collar. 🙂

Simplicity 8014

I really can’t think of anything that I didn’t like about this pattern. This would be a great project for a beginner to try if you are looking to sew something that will help you to increase your skills. I could definitely see myself sewing Simplicity 8014 again. I would love to make another plaid shirtdress like this one. I think it’s a great dress for the fall and winter months with a nice warm cotton fabric.

Simplicity 8014

I’ve already started my next sewing project. It’s actually a red velvet dress for my daughter. She really needs some more long sleeve dresses for church. So I’m hoping that this dress turns out nice. After I finish her dress, I’ve most likely work on something for myself. 🙂

Simplicity 8014- Sonya Kendall Blog


  • Reply Tamara December 12, 2017 at 3:05 am

    I love love love it!! It’s so awesome! I bet people will be asking you where you bought it and they’ll be so impressed that you MADE it. Nice work!
    The red velvet dress sounds intriguing!
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    • Reply Sonya January 4, 2018 at 3:36 am

      Thanks Tamara!!! The red velvet dress for my daughter is almost finished. I just have to sew in the zipper and it will be finished. Hopefully, I can take some pictures of her in it over the weekend. The temps are supposed to get to 50 degrees. So it will feel like summer after experiencing below freezing temps for several days.

  • Reply Nerline December 12, 2017 at 3:07 am

    I cannot believe you made this yourself! I like the belt, the length, and the color of the fabric. You did such a wonderful job! I am jealous. You look gorgeous and I like how you styled the dress with the boots. Great job!
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    • Reply Sonya January 4, 2018 at 3:34 am

      Thanks Nerline!!! I can’t wait to make another dress like this next fall. 🙂

  • Reply Marina @ Parental Journey December 12, 2017 at 3:59 am

    I love the dress! It looks great on you. I can’t believe you made it – it’s perfect. Love the color especially!
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    • Reply Sonya January 4, 2018 at 3:33 am

      Thanks Marina!!! I want to make another next fall. 🙂

  • Reply Akaleistar December 14, 2017 at 1:38 am

    That dress is so cute, and I love that it has pockets!
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    • Reply Sonya January 4, 2018 at 3:32 am

      I love a dress with pockets too!!! 🙂

  • Reply Antionette M Blake December 17, 2017 at 12:54 am

    Gurl, you are truly amazing! You have become a full-fledged seamstress in such a short time and are doing great! #PRP

    • Reply Sonya January 4, 2018 at 3:32 am

      Thanks Antionette!!! I appreciate your compliments. 🙂

  • Reply Lou December 22, 2017 at 6:02 am

    You did an excellent job girl! I love shirt dresses, you can style them up in so many ways! And you picked the perfect colors.

    Also, love your gorgeous smile!


    • Reply Sonya January 4, 2018 at 3:18 am

      Thanks Lou!!! 🙂

  • Reply Marie December 27, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    Wow!!!!!! Great work Sonya!!!! Plus it looks great on you!!!
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