FALLing Into a New Season!

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Simplicity 8084 - Erica Bunker DIY Style!
It's officially fall, but it's still hot y'all! Like 90 degree highs hot. I'm always super excited about a new season and fall has always been my absolute favorite. So when I ran across this gorgeous abstract cotton/tencel woven at Mood Fabrics, I knew I would use it for something for fall -- even though it's lightweight. The colors scream fall and when I bought it, I bought a significant amount because I was envisioning a dress.
Simplicity 8084 - Erica Bunker DIY Style!
I'd had Simplicity 8084 in my pattern stash for years. I'd always planned to make it, but I just never got around to it. I love a shirt dress and since I had the perfect fabric with the perfect yardage, it was a go.
Simplicity 8084 - Erica Bunker DIY Style!
I cut a straight 14 with no alterations. The dress is meant to be a little blouse over the drawstring waist, so it had enough ease that I didn't have to do a FBA.
Simplicity 8084 - Erica Bunker DIY Style!
I love a simple design with good sewing details. This dress has a hidden button placket. 
Simplicity 8084 - Erica Bunker DIY Style!
And it's details like that, that make my sewing heart happy.
Simplicity 8084 - Erica Bunker DIY Style!
I love the sleeve tabs. The sleeves are meant to be up all of the time. And that's fine by me.
Simplicity 8084 - Erica Bunker DIY Style!
The one thing I didn't like is that the yoke was cut in one piece. I hate when some the patterns come like that. You NEVER see ready-to-wear yokes like that. I cut mine in two pieces so that the inside would be beautifully finished. Here's my tutorial for How to Sew a Shirt Yoke.
Simplicity 8084 - Erica Bunker DIY Style!
I didn't add any additional length. I'm pretty much over ground dragging maxis. I like for mine to hit at the ankle. This way, I know this dress will work with heels or flats and most importantly, I'm not tripping over the hem.

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22 comments

  1. Absolutely stunning! You are such an inspiration to all of sewists! Thanks, Erica!

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  2. Very Pretty. Erica

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  3. Just gorgeous. So elegant and vibrant.

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  4. beautiful fall dress! I live in Texas and know what you mean about wanting fall clothes but it is still summer temperatures - this dress hits the mark!

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    1. It sure does. The fabric is the perfect weight. Thanks Nancy!

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  5. gorgeous make and colours - I love the length you chose for the skirt

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  6. Erica, you sew so beautifully in gorgeous colours. I really admire you!

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  7. Gorgeous fabric and that print is perfect for it. You look stunning in those colors!

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  8. I love the collar on that dress and the fabric is scrumptious! As always, you look beautiful!

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  9. I love everything about this dress! It looks stunning on you.

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  10. Thank you for the video on sewing a yoke. What seam allowance do you use when you attach the yoke shoulder to the front?

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    1. I sew it with a 5/8" and I trim it down to 3/8" or 1/4", especially on a white shirt where the SA will show through. Thanks Millie!

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  11. This is beautiful!!

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