Pattern Review: Simplicity 8889
Designed by Mimi G, this outfit is a fun and versatile concept. The boxy shirt has a mix of classic and fresh details featuring a traditional shirt collar with a separate stand, concealed button placket, left-side chest pocket, back yoke, center-back box pleat, and split side seams with a curved opening. The shirt front is approximately 2-1⁄2 inches shorter than the back. The hem is finished with a facing, which is topstitched in place. The full-length, wide-legged pants sit at the natural waist and have a narrow waistband, belt loops, back waist darts, and a buttoned fly front. Other design elements include inverted box pleats, flaps for faux slant pockets at the hips, leg patch pockets with a button flap, and 3-inch-deep cuffs. Take your time and read the instructions and pattern pieces thoroughly, as the seam allowances vary. There are video sewalongs for both garments available on Mimi G’s YouTube channel. The pattern suggests sewing these in cotton, linen, chambray, or poplin.
(Sized Misses’ 6–24 for busts 30.5–46 in. and hips 32.5–48 in.)
—Tested by Johanna Mramor, Surrey, British Columbia
This review was originally published in Threads #209, June/July 2020. Have you made this pattern? If so, be sure to share pictures in our Readers Closet gallery.
Illustrations by Steven Fleck.
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