Sunday, January 22, 2012

Vintage Simplicity 8025

Pattern Review: Simplicity 8025 – 70's plaid top

Pattern Description:
Misses' Pullover Dress in Two Lengths: Top-stitched dress gathered to forward shoulder seams has extended shoulders, front inset with slash opening, collar and tie ends. The long dress is sleeveless. The short dress has about elbow length set-in sleeves with turn back cuffs.

Pattern Sizing:
One size: small (10-12)

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Were the instructions easy to follow?

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I liked the collar, the v-neck and the extended sleeve, and the fact that it would be easy to fit.

Fabric Used?
A light cotton batiste? lawn? multicoloured plaid I got at a second-hand store. It was a loose weave with a lot of give, so matching the plaids while sewing was a little easier.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I made it a top instead of a dress. I made a muslin for this and found there was too much gathering in the front waist section. I think I took out a couple of inches there. Once it was done, there was still a little too much fabric in the waist-to-hip section which I ended up cutting taking in.  on the sides at an angle so it didn't "wing out" at the hem. I also cut the front placket on the bias.

Would you sew it again?
Yah, I think I would. I think it would work well as a maternity top when/if the time comes.
Would you recommend it to others? yes, if you can find it.

I got this pattern while I was "garage saleing" at my favorite second-hand stores for 50¢. (Thank you Donna Heggstrom whoever you are. I got a few of your cast-offs that day!) It's missing the sleeve part, which was just fine with me, because that's the part I find less-than-modern-looking. I am very happy with how this turned out, specifically with the pattern/fabric pairing (which I don't always get right). I love 70's patterns. The cuts of that time period have been flattering to me, and the patterns seem to be simpler and easy to put together. But don't worry, I still won't make/wear high waisted-elastic waist-band pants sewn up in a classy pink fortrel.





  1. Very cute and nice plaid matching! I don't think I would have seen the possibility for a wearable modern top in that pattern, but it totally works.