Simplicity 8379: I need at least 5 more of these dresses.

This dress came out of nowhere! Honestly, I stumbled across the pattern on sale and then turned around and bought some green spandex knit jersey. It wasn’t on my list of things to make at all. 3 hours later I had a dress I am madly in love with. I have had it for 2 weeks and have worn it 3 times.


Oh yeah, and when I put this bolt of fabric on the counter to be cut I said something like, “I just love that color!” The lady cutting it replied, “Well, I hate it. I think green is hideous.” Hahaha! What do you even say to that? I love it when things like that happen. You know what’s great about sewing is that it has boosted my self-confidence enough that I didn’t care that she thought I was making something hideous. Who cares? Not me!

I am usually a 22-24 in RTW dresses. I cut an XXL but I could really go down to an XL. This is very roomy and it is supposed to be. I made only 2 alterations. First I added 2 inches to the length of the dress. It is supposed to be a pretty short dress, but I don’t think my change in length hurt it. I didn’t alter the draping at all. Next I added sleeves. I just followed these sleeve instructions on Kyla Hislop’s blog.


The sleeves turned out pretty great! I finished the sleeves and the bottom hem with a twin needle. Easy!


The front and back piece are exactly the same. It wouldn’t be difficult to add a v neck or a scoop neck if you wanted to. I added one of my Dutch Label tags so I could quickly tell the back from the front. A lot of times I forget to add the label until it is too late!


And here it is! In all it’s drapey, cool glory! I forgot to mention, this dress makes me feel like a cool kid.

collage 1

Oh, and you know what else I love? No Spanx! I like that I can just throw this on and go! I am not pulling up a foundation garment all the time.

collage 2

I highly recommend this dress! Even adding sleeves, I finished this in 3 hours. I just bought some black spandex knit and I will be making another one immediately!

Happy Sewing!


55 thoughts on “Simplicity 8379: I need at least 5 more of these dresses.

  1. ibijau says:

    It’s a lovely dress, andeven just in pictures it’s visible you feel suoer good in it!
    Also I like that you added sleeves. The original model photo feels a bit meh to me, but I find your version so stylish and comfy looking!

  2. madeantiquated says:

    That’s a wonderful dress, I can’t believe anyone wouldn’t like that color green on you! I especially love how drape-y it seems—looks like the perfect combination of comfort and fashion!

  3. Baa says:

    WoW! You look fabulous in this color & the style looks super comfy too. Love the sleeves & so easy & quick to make. Add a sash or belt, some chunky jewelery & you’d have a total different look.
    Congrats on doing you!

  4. JEB OBARR says:

    I have been wanting to make this pattern. Seeing how great this looks, I have to make it. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Annabelle Smith says:

    I’ve definitely had the cutting lady judge me for color choices too… I pulled out this rust brown lace knit fabric, and she gave me this sneer and said, “What can you even make in that color!” So I replied, “I don’t know, I just like that it matches my hair!” She really didn’t have anything to say after that response…
    Beautiful dress in a gorgeous color!

  6. robbie says:

    Ha-ha on the fabric lady. She’d better hope her boss didn’t hear her say that–supposed to be well-representing the store. Tsk-Tsk. Well, enough of that … Love, love, love that dress on you. The color is just right. By all means, make more. So many possibilities…longer sleeves, shorter length to wear with slacks or leggings, different necklines, color blocking–this is a great pattern.

  7. idaaidasewing says:

    green hideus? tststs…. I’m with you girl,love the colour and you look fabulous wearing this dress!

  8. Mona R. Swinney says:

    Looks great. Thanks for the sleeve instructions. Perfect timing! I was wondering how to add sleeves to a garment. Can’t wait to see more off them.

  9. Bernie says:

    This dress look Amazing on you! I absolutely Love Love Love the color!! I planning on making this dress, but first wanted to see if anyone made it with sleeves. I’m so glad I saw yours! Love it! You said you added 2 inches to the length, can I ask how tall you are?

  10. Loren Church says:

    I found your blog through a link from Sie macht. Loved your review and photos so much that I bought the pattern and sewed it right up. It’s a fun dress, easy to make and to wear. I wouldn’t have noticed it without you guys reviewing it, so thank you!

    • SomedaySewing says:

      I did not alter the shape. I added the extra length to the hemline and since the side seams are angled I took a ruler and continued that line to the new hemline. Hope that makes sense!

      • carmel says:

        Thanks for your reply- I am 5ft 9 and was wondering how to add length as it looks quite narrow at the hemline if I continue the length several inches

    • SomedaySewing says:

      So sorry for the delay. I have been really inactive on both the sewing and blogging front!

      Yes! Just added to the length. You could redraw the angle from that little triangle on the side seam, but I just lengthened and it became narrower at the bottom.

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