Pattern Review

D.I.Y Simplicity 8413 Slip Dress

Hey Loves,

Welcome back to Nichelle B! Today I want to show you my latest and last summer make, this super cute slip dress. Slinky slip dresses are normally reserved for the bedroom but not anymore. Lingerie inspired pieces have made their way onto streets and runways with slinky, satin, and lace accented dresses and skirts popping up everywhere. Lace bralettes under blazers, slip dresses over t-shirts, silk robes or kimonos paired with denim, have become all the rage and I’m totally here for it. I think when done right it can be a really mysterious, sexy, chic look. However, I do think wearing lingerie out of the bedroom can be a bit tricky because you don’t want to look like you just rolled out of bed and put on some tennis shoes. You also don’t want to look like you’re just out at the mall wearing a lace bra and some jeans. lol That’s why lingerie items should be worn minimal and/or strategically layered with your basic pieces like denim, oversized sweaters, and t-shirts.

Examples below…

So onto how I made this dress… The fabric is one I had in my stash for foreverrrrr, like at least 3 years. It was such a small amount I never knew what to make with it, but it was so beautiful I couldn’t get rid of it. I knew one day it would speak to me. lol This fabric seems to be some type of polyester, it is really thin and flowy. I made the longer version at first but I think with this print it was looking too nightgown-ish. If I had done the longer version in a satin type of fabric I think it would have looked fine.

I used Simplicity 8413 to create this dress. This pattern did call for an invisible zipper but I did not use one. I just felt like its already kind of a loose fitting dress so why do I need a zipper. Without the zipper this dress still worked perfectly. However, just a note that I am slim (I wear a size 2) so for fuller figures and especially if you do the longer version, you may want to consider adding the zipper so it can fit over your hips.

I dig this pattern, it has bias binding around the neck and armhole, and darts on the side. I finished the bottom with a rolled hem. This dress is perfect to layer with other pieces and transition to fall. I definitely want to make another one in a different fabric. Layer this slip dress with jeans, a denim jacket, or a kimono to switch up the look. Some pics of my version and how I plan now wearing it are below.

How do you feel about wearing lingerie inspired pieces? Did you enjoy this post? Let’s chat! Leave a comment below!

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