Hello Everyone. This is Simplicity S9140, a relaxed knit dress with sleeve and length variations. I made View B, a size Large. The pattern has 8 pieces and I cut all 8 pieces to make this dress. Here is the pattern. Simplicity S9140
This is a good pattern for beginners and is part of Simplicity’s EASY TO SEW line. What a beginner would learn by making this dress is how to properly apply interfacing and facing to a collar, add pockets gathering, and how to make a small sash. You end up with a beautiful dress that can easily be modified and repeated. I thought the pattern was easy. At first, when I chose this pattern, I was reluctant because I thought it was kind of plain. However, depending on the fabric, you could easily jazz it up by choosing a fun print or textured fabric. I was going to a hat tea with a friend and wanted to make something to wear. So I was choosing between this dress and two others.
I purchased this fabric from FabricMart.com (https://www.fabricmartfabrics.com/). I buy a lot of my fabric from this company and they always have a sale. I love the weight of this knit fabric. Not too thin like some of the jersey knit fabrics can be. I purchased about 4 yards of it and there was plenty to make this dress. The pattern required 3.75 for my view and size. I was reluctant to use this brown fabric for the dress because I was afraid it would wash me out. Luckily, that was not the case, and the color was, in my opinion, magnificent. I am very happy with it
Modifications and Style Options
I made a few modifications. I wanted a wider belt, because when I finished my dress it was rather large. So, I made a wide belt to wrap around the waist and it worked out beautifully. I also wore it tied to the side when I actually attended the hat tea. Either way worked out great. I also made modifications to the skirt. I added about 3 inches to the sides where the skirt angles because I wanted it to be fuller there. When I make this dress again, however, I will definitely cut a smaller size and create a more fitted waist than the dress I made this time. This dress could also be used for just the skirt by adding an elastic waistband and/or even making it a longer maxi. Adding elastic to the waistband is also an option that would have eliminated the need for a wider belt for me. You could add longer sleeves or even a gathered sleeve to give it more of a boho look. And, of course, you could make it shorter. This dress is perfect. I wore it with a tan hat and gold jewelry and there are too many options to style it up. It would look great with boots and even a duster, [I wore a denim duster] as well as a short jacket and sandals, low or high. Too many options. I plan to make it again as soon as possible, but a smaller size.
My Final Thoughts
I wore this dress to the hat tea and absolutely love it. I love the length and the flow and the fabric. It is a perfect dress and the pattern is great as well. It is a pattern that you can really get creative with, by changing the fabric to a funkier print, or keeping it simple and classic with a basic black jersey knit and going nuts with accessories. What I liked best about the pattern is my modification on the belt. I love the wide belt, which can be tucked, or if you are adventurous, sewn onto the dress. I also like the angles on the sides of the skirt. It reminds me of these Simplicity makes I posted on my blog a few years ago. They are very similar. Check it out here. Simplicity 8911 (https://sewzaizay.com/simplicity-s8911-knit-full-length-caftan/
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Wow , your clothes that you make are like the ones in the store, you are creative.
Love it… especially with the hat!
Thank you Tracy. Me too!
It very difficult for me to tell the difference between what u sew n the clothing in the stores. That’s shows u are good at what u do n congratulations .
Thank you Jallah. I appreciate your support and your comments.