Simplicity 9261, A Sewing collaboration with The Twilight Stitcher!!
Happy Sunday!! I hope everyone is doing well! In today's post I am sharing a new sewing make/dress that I have made as a collaboration with Renata, also known as the Twilightsticher (you can finder her channel here)!
Renata has a wonderful channel and she creates beautiful clothing! Renata is also the host of the Little Red Dress Project challenge that takes place around the Christmas holiday and it is such a joy!!! Renata has a beautiful spirit and I know her dress is amazing so please check her channel out! Below you will find pictures of how my dress turned out! This Simplicity 9261 is one of the newer patterns that was designed by Mimi G.! I have been staying away from form fitting dresses but I thought this dress was super cute when I looked at it and thought I would give it a try! Below the pictures you will find a full Pattern Review and you can also watch it along with video clips by clicking here!! Front View- Below
Front Side: Below
Back - Below
Full Front - Below
Side - Below
Close up of Sleeve Flutter Detail - Below
Pattern Cover - Below
Pattern Name: Simplicity 9261
Pattern Type: Big Four, Simplicity Pattern designed by Mimi G
Pattern Cost: $1.99 on Sale, original price is $22.95
Pattern Description: Missis’ Knits-only Dress in Two Lengths
Recommendend Fabric: Stretch knits such as Cotton Interlock, ITY and jersey
Pattern Sizing: 6-24
Size that I Cut: 22. However, that was too big. I did look at the finished measurements and the finished measurements were the same as the standard measurement chart, which is not the usual case, but I wanted to be safe and cut what the finished measurements said to do. I did try the bodice on once I put the dress together but I really couldn’t tell if it was going to be too loose, so I continued on with the size 22 and I ended up having to do some alterations. Although I don’t understand why the standard measurement chart and the finished measurements were the same, I don’t fully blame the pattern company with the size issue because when wearing knits, there’s always going to be some negative ease, but I have not sewn many garments in numerics with knits as I have mostly sewn letter sizes so I just need a little more experience with that so that I know what size to cut in the future when working with knits.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope? Yes, except for where I made alterations.
Were the instructions easy to follow? From what I read, yes. But I'm not 100% sure because I watched the sew along, which is one of the benefits of Mimi G’s patterns.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love the sleeve flutter details including the top stitching, the pockets, the length and the fact that there were no closures.
Fabric Purchased: Walmart for $8.00, and I only used a little over 2.5. It is a floral Cotton Knit DTY with an orange background and it has four way stretch.
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made? Yes, I had to take in the dress by about 2-3 inches due to cutting the wrong size. Because I had already put the whole dress together and the whole top portion is lined, I did not want to completely take the dress apart and put it back together again so I took it in the back middle, which created a seam line. The reason why I adjusted it at the back middle is because I did not want to disturb the pockets. For the sides, I took it in under the arms and folded the fabric over to come closer to the original seam line.
I also closed the front bodice opening by three inches because my boobs were oozing out, and this is something that I want to wear anywhere like work or church and I don’t want to feel like my boobs are distracting or exposed LOL.
Pattern Alterations that are suggested: Close the bodice if you don’t want to be as exposed.
Would I sew it again? I would because I like it but I probably won't… only because I thought I was more comfortable with more form fitting dresses, but I don’t think I am ready yet. However, I am still going to wear it and I will probably add a belt, which will cover the midriff.
Did you do anything different/special to make this project? No
Would you recommend it to others? Yes, however, it is very detailed due to the lining, which I feel is necessary, so it’s not a quick sew. You can watch the video review by clicking below!