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title pic Simplicity 8051 Retro Pattern Review!

Posted by Edelweiss Patterns on July 12, 2016

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If you follow the new pattern collections that are released by the “Big Four” pattern companies every year, you were probably just as excited as I was when they released this new Simplicity 8051 design earlier this year! I feel like Simplicity’s retro reprint collection is hit and miss as far as authenticity and photo shoot styling go – (you’ll often have 1940s hairstyles on a 1950s dress and shoes from neither era), but this is one pattern and style that they totally nailed!

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The style I really loved was View A on the pattern envelope, with its trapeze neckline, ruched bodice, curved cummerbund, and flared circular skirt.  Talk about details!  The only thing I didn’t love about the pattern was the cutout portion in back – I wanted this dress to be something I could wear to church, not just on a picnic or day at the beach. 😉  So I very easily adjusted it to be a one-piece back bodice piece by pinning the two back pieces together and cutting out as you see below.

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The pattern came together extremely easily and quickly – I sewed most of it in about 3 hours flat.  I didn’t run into any major fit issues at all, although I did have to take in the shoulder seams a bit as I have slightly narrow/petite shoulders.  (You can see more sewing progress pictures on my Instagram page if you scroll down a little ways.)

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I highly recommend this pattern!  It is a dream to wear and I have a feeling this is going to be one of the most popular retro reproduction patterns in quite some time.

ruffle trim

I added chiffon frilly trim to the neckline, (not part of the pattern), but it could be dressed down if you didn’t add trim.  The fabric is a 100% cotton print which has a very subtle color-on-color polka dot. :)

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 I absolutely adore this pattern and it’s one of those designs where you want to make one in every color! 😉   It could even work for fall if you wore a sweater over it.  Below are a couple shots of the dress worn with a belt and flower pin for my one year anniversary photographs!  (How in the world has it already been one year of marriage to my sweetheart?)   {Photos by the excellent Sarah Gale Photography}

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Happy sewing!

Katrina

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