Pattern Review: Simplicity 8707

Rounding out my sewing for Downton Abbey movie was an overdress. Now, this is not a garment strictly needed for fashion, but as September has been temperamental weather wise, I thought an over garment of some sort to go with the Baltimore Dress might be in order.

So I dug through my pattern stash looking for the easiest possible garment to construct that would work with a 1920’s styling. And I found Simplicity 8707.

Simplicity is, well, simple…

Simplicity is, well, simple…

And while styled here for 21st century ease, with very little tweaking…ok, make that NO tweaking, I knew it would work well as a 1920’s overdress, given how fashion trends in the 1920’s leaned heavily toward Eastern inspiration.

Now, as the pattern name implies, this was a very simple garment to make. And as 1920’s fashion tends toward a certain looseness and free flowing form, I didn’t worry about specifically fitting it to me, simply picked my largest measurement and cut at that size line.

As I am determined to make all garments for my upcoming events through the New Year out of fabric from my existing stash (not counting what’s for sale…what’s for sale does not, strictly speaking, constitute my stash). So I dug through my fabric bins and found a lovely paisley cut work cotton.

The entire thing was very easy to stitch together, all straight seams, no gathering required. The 5/8” seam allowance made it quick to flat fell my seams, which was not a requirement or even a recommendation on the pattern, simply my preference for this project. The only change I made is I rounded the bottom front edges and bound the entire thing with bias tape, versus the directions which only called for binding the front and neck edge, and rolling up the hems.

Finished paisley cotton

Finished paisley cotton