Pattern Review: Simplicity 8655 Ensemble
This ensemble gives curves a streamlined look. Included is a tie-front blouse with extralong tails and wide, three-quarter sleeves with dropped shoulder seams. The pants have a high rise and a waistline that sits 2 inches above the natural waist. View A is a slim, ankle-length style; view B is a full-length bell bottom. Both views have a left-side zipper closure, back pockets, and front and back waist darts concealed in the pin tucks, which extend to the hemline. These long tucks give the pants a mock creased look. Our seamstress observed view B is very long and may need adjustment. Rather than using the tissue pattern to mark the tuck line on the fashion fabric, our tester recommends using a straightedge as a guide for more accurate results. This is not a difficult design to sew, but pay attention to the instructions for the tuck, as it should be a straight, centered line. Make the top from light woven fabrics to minimize bulk at the tied waist. For the pant, select a fabric with stretch, such as stretch denim or stretch cotton sateen.
(Sized Misses’ 6–24 for busts 30.5–46 in. and hips 32.5–48 in.)
—Tested by Margrete Olsen, West Hartford, Connecticut
Style Tip: Leave off the sleeves for simple cut-on cap sleeves.
Illustrations by Steven Fleck.