Sunday, April 8, 2018

Pattern Review: Simplicity 8557

Simplicity Pattern 8557
Lately, I have been obsessed with wearing leggings and long tunic style shirts. It's sort of the dressy version of pj pants and a tee. You can leave the house in leggings with a tunic or dress and actually look like you care. I saw Simplicity pattern 8557 as I was flipping through the pattern books on a 99 cent pattern sale day. It has 5 different garments: a dress, a tunic top with 3/4 sleeves, a sleeveless tunic top, a duster jacket, and crop pants. I made view C which is the basic 3/4 sleeve tunic style top with a back hemline that is longer than the front. The front hemline hits me at about the middle of the thigh with the back being about 2 or so inches above the knee.
The fabric I used is from Jo-Anns it's a red wine colored knit with stripes in the knit.It's a subtle texture that doesn't really show up in pictures.
For sewing I used my vintage Singer Merritlock serger and Singer 500A sewing machine with walking foot.
Total time was about 3 hours which also includes me trying to decided between to dress or the tunic. I didn't do any pattern modifications other than doing the petite adjustment fold on the pattern both on the body and on the sleeves. I choose the pattern size based on my bust measurement.
It went together really well. In the future I might serge along the hem and neckline edges before folding it into place. Even though the knit wont unravel the raw edge showing inside just looks "homemade". I kept the construction the same except for where the pattern used bias tape. I didn't have any and didn't want to go back to Jo-Anns to get some so I used some stay tape that I had instead.
I will definitely make this again in other fabrics. This pattern is pretty simple you just need to know a bit about stretch fabrics and have some basic sewing and construction skills. It's a great Sunday afternoon pattern if you are wanting to have a new item to wear on Monday.  I'm wearing my new top with some Harry Potter marauders map leggings that I made a couple weeks ago. I'm going to put together a leggings blog post soon. Sorry for a head cropped out photos I was not feeling very photogenic today.

Tunic top and harry potter themed leggings