Pattern Review: Simplicity 8138 + straps and African print

Oh my goodness, am I obsessed with African prints or what?  This is my wearable muslin and I like it.  A quick sew with some possibilities.  I don't know about my expression, it must be the heat!

Pattern Description:

Misses separates. Create an edgy look that is easy to sew. Includes tunic with cap sleeve & waist belt with d-ring fastener, high low hem tunic, midi length tunic with high slits, & pull-on pants with yoke and pocket..

Pattern Sizing:


Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?


Were the instructions easy to follow?

yes, very!

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

I loved the edgy on trend look of view b, I like the attached belting and the easy variations to a longer tunic type top.  I wasn't happy that it didn't have a dart, but I do love the slight caped sleeve!

Fabric Used:

Cotton African print from Joann's fabric

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

This is a wearable muslin..
*I cut a size 22 for the neck and armhole, I graded to a 24 at the bust and graded back to the 22 at the waist ( My cheater FBA)

*I took some advice from Mrs. Charisma and took out some of the bulk by grading back down to the 22 all the way to the hem.

*I also took the advice of the other reviewer and sewed and additional three inches to the side seams for modesty.  I should have lowered the attached belting about 1 to 2 inches as they were directly under my bust, but it was ok.

*I didn't have D rings so I used a 1 1/2 buckle from Hobby Lobby instead.

*I also added an extra 20 inches to the longer strap (without the buckle) so I could wrap around my waist twice.

Note: I would recommend wrapping your measuring tape around your waist to mimic the picture to see if the belting is long enough before cutting.  My belting has a seam as I added the extra after the fact.  I probably could have added an additional 12 inches  instead of 20 inches to the one strap and reduced the strap with the buckle about 5 inches.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

Yes, I plan on making this in a fabric with a better drape, maybe a silk:)Maybe add contrasting straps.


I like this pattern and I like the edginess of the straps and the ability to add dimension to a top and help define the waist.  I may use my sloper and add a dart of a better fit.  Give this one a try.