Simplicity 8124 – The Anniversary Dress

I loved this pattern when it first came out.  It was perfect because it’s so cute and simple, would allow me to try out my new strapless bra and it’s from one of my most favorite designers.

I made the dress two years ago!  It was one of those end of season makes that by the time that I finished it, the weather was starting to change and it was never quite hot enough.  Also, as a busty girl, wearing off the shoulder styles is fairly new to me so whenever I do, I feel super exposed so it literally needs to be 90 degrees and above.  When I tell you this dress has been around.  I have packed it for every trip and get away over the past two years waiting for the right opportunity to wear it yet it always comes back unworn.   When this Summer rolled around, I was determined to wear it and I thought our anniversary dinner was a perfect time.

We decided to take the family to one of our favorite local family mexican restaurants.  Just as the entree’s were coming out, the server dropped the plates on the table and knocked over an entire strawberry Jarritos (my absolute favorite one) over on me.  DO YOU SEE THE COLOR OF MY DRESS?!  Needless to say dinner was cut short and all I could think about was how I would get the red out of my fabric.  I didn’t let it ruin my night but it was not fun being wet and sticky on the ride home.  Even though it was a bummer that I’d waited two years to wear this dress and on the first go round it got soiled and possibly ruined, the good news is that because the fabric is still available I can just make it again if I really want to.

Pattern Review:

Pattern Description: Misses’ peasant style mini dress, and top by Cynthia Rowley have elastic neckline and sleeve band; romper has additional elastic waist for a cool effortless look. This Cynthia Rowley pattern is Easy-to-Sew.

Pattern Sizing: A (XS-S-M-L-XL)

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Not exactly but very close.

Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions were super easy to follow. This dress was a super quick sew.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?  The pattern is really short but I expected that because most Cynthia Rowley patterns are and you can certainly see that on the model on the pattern envelope, I mean it’s barely covering her lady bits. Once stiff wind and she’s exposed.

Fabric Used: I used a Michael Miller cotton with metallic polka dots. I liked this fabric so much, I also bought it in black with gold polka dots.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:  I added four inches to the hem, even with that, I just did a regular 1 1/2 inch hem to get the extra length although I do love the deep 4-inch hem called for in the pattern instructions. I also added inseam side pockets which I LOVE and I added a fabric self-belt to be able to manage some of the volume.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?  I would definitely sew this again, especially since I ended up styling it over jeans and I really liked the look. I also like the romper version which I might also sew up.

Conclusion:  This is a great, versatile pattern. An easy make, quick sew and great for beginners.

When I made this I intended to wear it by itself as a dress and I have the cutest lace up flat sandals to wear with it but when I tried it on for hubs, he liked these and I’d been dying to wear these shoes with jeans so it was a win.  I have shied away from the jeans with a dress idea because it takes me back to my childhood where that was the only way I was allowed to wear a dress but since it was a little cooler than I would have liked and I was reminded of this Pic I’d seen recently on Instagram, I decided to go ahead and give it a try and I LOVED it! so don’t be surprised if you see this look from me again in the future.

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Me and Bae. This is what 18 years married looks like. Shoe Game 100

The shoes are from TARGET if you can believe it; I got them back in April but they do still have limited stock available.

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McCalls 7061 – Casual Funnel Neck Dress

I’ve been making more casual clothes lately but I still like to wear dresses (which would be a total shocker to my younger tomboy self). I’d bought a dress almost identical to this about a year or so ago and loved it. On one of my many forays to Hancock Fabrics, I saw this pattern displayed on top of the pattern drawers and couldn’t believe my luck. Imagine my surprise when I realized this was in fact a sleepwear/lounge patter NOT apparel. Never being to like limitations or being told what I can and cannot do, I decided to make this as a casual dress to wear on the weekends, on my days off and while running errands. 


I actually completed the dress some time ago but then biting cold and rain swept in so in the closet it went. Today the weather was perfect for this in the low to mid-60’s since I used a sweatshirt fleece for this version. I need to find a lighter weight fabric to make spring versions because this style will be in heavy rotation.

Pattern Review: 

Pattern Description:  MISSES’ TOPS, DRESS, SHORTS, PANTS AND SLIPPERS: Close-fitting tops and dresses have sleeve bands. A and B: stitched hem on hood, wrong side shows. B and C: shaped hemline. A and D: collar and hem band. D: purchased drawstring. B, C and D: pocket. Fitted shorts and pants have waistband. E: side slits. F: leg bands. B, C and E: narrow hem. Slippers have insets, sole and contrast lining.

Pattern Sizing: Y(XSmall-Small-Medium), ZZ(Large-XLarge-XXLarge), Foot Size: [XS (83/4″),S (91/4″),M (93/4″),L (101/4″),XL (103/4″)]

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

Were the instructions easy to follow? Great instructions

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love the style of this dress and it is very similar to one of my favorite RTW dresses.

Fabric Used: I used a lightweight Sweatshirt Fleece from Denver Fabrics.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I added an inch to the side seams around the stomach area but ended up taking it back out. This is meant to be a lounge pattern but I made it as a dress.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I absolutely plan to make many more of these, this was such an easy make and super comfortable to wear all day.

Conclusion:  This a great pattern for beginners and a nice and easy casual dress.