Simplicity 8014 – Leopards and Chains and Jewels, Oh My!

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Manju, who blogs at sewmanju.com and can be found on Instagram @sewmanju, posted a picture on Instagram of a shirt she made with this fabric. I fell in love with it the moment I saw it. A few days later I received an email from Minerva with a selection of fabrics to choose from as part of the Minerva Makers. When I saw this beautiful viscose twill I could not believe it was the same print as Manju’s shirt. I ordered the fabric as soon as I saw it. Once I received it I knew the fabric would be perfect for a shirtdress.

I chose Simplicity 8014 and decided to make View B with long sleeves. I also made View D a few years ago.

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I added 1 inch to the skirt and a 1/2 inch to the bodice. These are normal modifications for me. Another change I made was to interface the button/buttonhole “band”. I put the band in quotes because it wasn’t a separate pattern piece. The front has an extension that you fold to create the button/buttonhole “band”. I always add interfacing when I encounter this situation. I find the interfacing provides extra stability and prevents the buttonholes from stretching.

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I made a 1.5 inch covered belt and buckle instead of the tie belt pictured on the pattern.

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This is my second shirtdress in two months. They are not quick projects but are worth the time they require. I’m happy to add this classic piece to my wardrobe.

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22 thoughts on “Simplicity 8014 – Leopards and Chains and Jewels, Oh My!

  1. Thank you for the review! It is good to know the bit about the interfacing. I am interested in buying this pattern and sewing a few of these style dresses.

  2. Lucy, this is a gorgeous dress! It looks fantastic on you! I love how the skirt drapes. You are wearing the perfect shoes with this!

  3. Absolutely stunning! You have such great figure! Every time I see one of your posts I think of Barbie. šŸ™‚ Did you use to be a ballet dancer?
    Could I also please ask what your favourite interfacing is that you like to use when you make shirt dresses?
    Iā€™m so pleased that you are part of the Minerva Makers! I live in the UK so finally I am able to access the fabrics you sometimes use with ease. šŸ™‚

    • Thank you Katalin. I was not a ballet dancer but I was a figure skater. My favorite interfacings come from Fashion Sewing Supply. I order online from them. I don’t have a particular interfacing I use for shirtdresses. It depends on the weight of the fabric. I go by the recommendations provided by Fashion Sewing Supply.

      • Thank you for your response, Lucy! How wonderful! As a child I was obsessed with ice skating and my dream was to become a figure skater, but ended up as a volleyball player instead.
        Looking forward to seeing your upcoming projects! Merry Christmas!

  4. Very smart looking, and I like the change to a covered belt with buckle. Minerva have some fabulous fabrics, I am a member of their craft/swatch club and look forward to getting the samples.

  5. You hit this one out of the park! I wonder why the pattern companies don’t add the “band” interfacing to the their patterns by wrote. You do it instinctively as a seasoned seamstress because you know the visible difference in quality on the finish. Nothing screams homemade louder than saggy front bands/buttonholes. Making the fabric belt was brilliant.

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