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.
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. 🙂
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 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.
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. 🙂
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.
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. 🙂