Simplicity 8196 Pattern Review

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When looking for modest it is easier to find it if you go back in time. And while this Simplicity 8196 pattern doesn’t exude modesty, it does give you a lot more to work with.

If you are close to the standard pattern sizing, the fit is pretty good. I however am a rectangle, which means there is very little difference between my waist and hip measurements. I have learned to disguise that. First I don’t ever let anything land on my waist, so the first alteration that I did to this pattern was to extend the length of the blouse to my hips. By bringing it down, it creates an illusion of a smaller waist. It also hides my belly roll.

I am a pattern size 22 in this pattern, which is the largest. So in order to grow the waist I wasn’t able to blend between sizes, I had to cut the pattern and lay it on pattern paper and then redraw a larger waist.

The last alteration I did was to lengthen the shorts. All in all, this pattern saved me a lot of time from having to pattern draft from scratch a pattern that would fit. My daughter and I were up the night before Comic-con finishing our sewing. I ran out of time and wasn’t able to embroider the Wonder Woman logo. But we did have time for taco’s.

I only used the blouse and shorts pattern, the rest of the items for my cosplay outfit were purchased. I used light/medium weight fabric. Here are a few suggestions: Red Poplin, Blue Poplin and White.

Hope this helps. Feel free to email me if you have any questions or comments: sonia@modesteve.com