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title pic Simplicity 8051 Retro Pattern Review!

Posted by Edelweiss Patterns on July 12, 2016


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!


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.


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.)


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. :)



 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}




Happy sewing!


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