A New Summer Favorite: Simplicity 8873.

This dress… I just love it.

Simplicity recently became part of the same company that brings out the patterns of Butterick, McCalls, and Vogue. Because of this the patterns that Gertie designs switched from Butterick to Simplicity.

The new patterns from Gertie for the spring/summer are a top and a Dress. I didn’t care much for the top since it’s not a style I would wear myself. But the dress. I needed that dress!

Accidentally I already had the perfect fabric for it. This striped cotton I bought in a local fabric shop. I already knew when I bought it that it would become a fitted bodice with a gathered skirt. Seeing the Simplicity 8873, it made so much sense in my head and it jumped to the top of my to-sew list.

I made view B but without the rick-rack around the neckline. I’m not much of a rick-rack person and I thought it would be to much with the stripes. I didn’t use the skirt pieces that came with the pattern. Instead I used two times the fabric width as my skirt pieces.

This dress is such a quick thing to sew. If you’re a quick sewist that is able to focus and not be distracted, you will finish this in half a day. I’m not that person so it took me two sewing sessions.

The pattern comes with separate cup sizes. I really liked this and the dress fits pretty well on me without any changes.

Back view with pattern-matched zipper.

To save fabric I made the pockets, facing and straps from plain black cotton. I’m really glad I did this on the straps because they would have been to busy otherwise.

I’m so happy with this dress! If you’re a starting sewists, I think this is a really good choice for you. The construction is fairly basic but the design is just that bit different making it an interesting finished product.

During the construction of this dress I filmed bits and put them up on my Instagram. There is a post about sewing the straps and facing and one about the skirt.

I styled this dress with bangles in coordinating colors from Splendette, my earrings and the bag are from Primark.

Do you follow me on Instagram? I share a lot of my day-to-day sewing over there!

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