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Simplicity 9101- Front Wrap Tie Belt Dress

Simplicity 9101 is a pullover dress which comes in two lengths. There is a choice between a drawstring waist or a front wrap tie belt. I made view C but instead of having the skirt a little shorter in the front, I made it all one length.

Fabric choices include chambray, challis, cotton or cotton blends, gingham, linen, and silky types.

I chose a poly crepe for my fabric. This is my second time making this dress. The first dress was a shorter length but for this dress, I opted for the mid- length.

You will need 1/2 inch wide single fold bias tape. The bias tape is used to finish the neckline. I really like the way the neckline turned out. I made sure to press after each step. I also didn’t skip the understitching. I see how much of a difference that makes. The neckline came out so smooth and clean.

This dress was a fast and easy sew. There were not too many pattern pieces to cut out. This dress has no zippers. It’s a pullover dress. It has grown on sleeves. My favorite part of this dress is the attached front wrap tie belt.

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Simplicity 8608- Jumpity Jumpsuit

I finished Simplicity 8608. The directions were easy to follow and it was fairly easy to sew together. I made no modifications. I used a light cotton shirting that I purchased from Joann’s.

Simplicity 8608 offers 4 views. View A is a short sleeve wrap Dress with ruffles. View B is a wrap dress without ruffles and long sleeves. View C is a short romper with ruffles at the bottom of the shorts and long sleeves. I made View D which is a jumpsuit with a flutter sleeve. All views include tie belts. I didn’t make the tie belt but I cut the fabric out in case I change my mind in the future.

The jumpsuit fits well. It has pockets which is always great. The only issue is that it is difficult to put on and take off at the shoulders. It’s a real struggle and all I can think of is how that can cause a panic when it’s time to use the bathroom. I guess that’s always something to consider when you make a romper or jumpsuit. I wish I had read the reviews on Instagram and Sewing Pattern Review before sewing it up. The difficulty to put on and take off at the shoulders seems to be a common issue. I’m sure the issue can be fixed by making the opening larger but then the opening will gape. Or maybe making the crotch longer so you that you have more room to lift up the jumper as you put it on or remove the top part at the shoulders.

This jumpsuit is a V neck but because I put it on the mannequin, that’s the back of the neck that you see.

I think this is a fun outfit to wear. I like how it turned out.

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McCall’s 8092 White Linen Off the Shoulder Dress

Here is the most recent dress I made. I have made two dresses in the last year. I guess I have taken a break from sewing. Hopefully I can get my motivation back to sew again.

I made this dress in May. It was for a Mommy and Son Glow dance. We had to wear either white or neon. I didn’t end up wearing this dress but I think it makes a very nice summer dress.

I chose View A without the ruffle and with the length of View B. I didn’t make the fabric belt.

This dress can be worn off the shoulders or not depending on how you sew in the elastic.

This dress was fairly quick and easy to sew.