Simplicity 8137 Wrap top

Disclaimer:  I received this pattern free of charge in return for a review on the CSC. All my opinions are my own. 

Today, I am sharing my thoughts on Simplicity 8137 in a navy blue crepe lined with black rayon. The pattern includes a top, dress (knee length and full length), and pants. I made the top. I was given the pattern for free as part of Curvy Simplicity Week on the Curvy Sewing Collective. My review appeared on CSC yesterday.

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I made a size 28W and did very few adjustments! 

I narrowed the shoulders by 1 inch and did a large bicep adjustment of 3 inches as well as adding 1 inch to each side seam in order to give adequate room to the armscye for the bicep adjustment. After doing a quick tissue fit, I figured an FBA wasn’t necessary since the princess seams crossed the apex in the correct location, but narrowing the shoulder and a large bicep adjustment would be necessary.

This is actually the least I’ve done for anything I’ve sewn up in a while from the Big 4. Simplicity patterns aren’t widely available in Canada due to a pricing dispute between the major distributor and Simplicity. The shipping/duty charges tend not to make ordering from the website manageable so this is only the second time I have used a Simplicity pattern, but after seeing how few adjustments I needed for the plus sized pattern, I will be asking my US friends to send me a couple of patterns in the future. I also have a few in my pattern stash that are probably going to go up in my sewing queue now!

Edit: Turns out the shipping costs have gone down significantly since the last time I was looking a few years ago. But the currency conversion and higher cost/lack of sales/duty charges are still an issue and overall it is more inconvenient to order online rather than buy locally.

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The construction process went okay. The instructions were a bit…lacking. I looked over them several times, but didn’t see where it referred to actually sewing up the lining before you sew the lining to the bodice or sewing the side seams. They aren’t the kind of instructions for a beginner to follow, but I was okay. The pattern doesn’t have a difficulty rating, but I would place it in advanced beginner simply based on the instructions. With better instructions, there is nothing at all complicated with the design or construction and a beginner could complete it, but the missing parts would confuse them.

I decided to save time and not slip stitch the lining at the waist by hand during construction and simply treated the lining and main fabric as one piece in attaching the peplum to it. It worked out just fine, but is maybe not as neat of a look as the design intended. I finished all my seams on the serger.

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I think the pattern fits pretty well! I do think it tends toward being wide and low in the v-neck. For someone who works in a conservative setting, this is a slight issue. I felt more comfortable wearing a camisole underneath the top as it does go quite low. The wrap top is fixed by snaps and the ties don’t actually have much function beside a design feature and a bit of cinching in at the waist. They don’t pull in the fronts as much as traditional wrap tops where they are affixed to the ends of the bodice and slipped through at the waist. That makes the construction a lot easier since they are sewn in at the side seams and waist but it doesn’t help keep the bodice v together like traditional wrap top designs.  I think the wrap design is great for my body shape and would work for a lot of people since it goes in at the waist and flares at the hips adding a nice curve. Overall, the fit is really good except for the low front.

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I will make this again for sure. I will probably add another couple of snaps to this version to cinch in the front and make the v-neckline a bit less revealing. In future versions, I will raise the neckline, as well as add in extra snaps so that the v shape stays in place. I can see this becoming a staple in my wardrobe in both the top version and the dress version. I doubt I will make the pants, though, since my hips do go beyond the 28W sizing and I don’t really wear pants anyway. I can also see how this top would look nice with a pencil skirt or even a circle skirt on the bottom. So, it works quite well with my wardrobe.

I can see this becoming a wardrobe staple for me and think you’ll be seeing a full length dress version on me in the summer next year!

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TL:DR Review

  • Pattern: Simplicity 8137
  • Pros: Design is super flattering due to the princess seams, ties, and the flare of the peplum.
  • Cons: Instructions were lacking a few details and the v isn’t as cinched in as I would like it.
  • Make again?: Yesabsolutely. I will add more snaps as well as raise the v for modesty reasons. I love a good revealing top, but my work environment is a bit conservative for that.
  • Rating: pink-star-black-mdpink-star-black-mdpink-star-black-mdpink-star-black-mdwhite-star-black-md4/5 stars

 

Welcome to the Gillian Dress from Muse Patterns!! And a giveaway!

Muse Patterns created by the amazing Kat from Modern Vintage Cupcakes just released their second pattern today! It’s the Gillian wrap dress!

I had the wonderful opportunity to test the pattern in the past week and a bit. I received the pattern for free, but all my opinions and glee are my own.

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The pattern is made for lightweight stretch materials, such as merino wool, jersey, and other knit fabrics with stretch. This pattern has three variations: dress, top, and skirt. I chose to make the top in long sleeves for a lovely light fall cardigan.

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It’s definitely fall here in Canada! Obligatory leave-throwing shots!

I love this pattern! The above is the test pattern only and not the final product that was released. There were some changes made from the test pattern, but I have yet to try them out since it was released today. I will, though, because I adore this top and want to make the dress and the skirt and make the top again.

It’s perfect timing to release the pattern with the Curvy Sewing Collective Wrapalong happening. I really recommend this pattern. I’m reallllly busty (H cup….. :S) and it has amazing coverage with no need for a camisole underneath. The pattern can also easily fit above the largest size on their size chart, because of the wrap. The details with the shoulder yokes are just lovely and really quite flattering. The waistband also hits in my high waist and is flattering for an hourglass figure.

I’m in love with it and can’t gush more about it. It was also my first time testing a pattern and made me really appreciate the process. I was very attentive to the instructions unlike in other sewing. I tend to just look at the pictures and do my own thing, but here I really focused in on the instructions and made sure they made sense to me. I made notes and went slowly. As a result, I am extremely proud of the top. The topstitching details are almost perfectly sewn. It was probably the most pleasurable sewing experience I’ve had yet.

Along with the release, Kat is offering a discount this week of 15% off the pattern (code: GILLIANDRESS found here), as well as from now until October 19th giving 100% of the profits to the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation!

Because of this awesome gesture, I am buying up a couple of these patterns myself this week to giveaway to two lucky people!

How do you enter? Easily! Comment on this blog post with your email address and then on the 16th I will randomly draw 2 names and send them the pdf of the Gillian wrap dress.

It’s my first giveaway! But I couldn’t think of a better cause. Giving to breast cancer research AND giving to wonderful sewists. I can’t wait to see your Gillian dresses, tops, or skirts.

Join the giveaway and support breast cancer awareness.

UPDATE: Giveaway is now closed and two names have been drawn