Faux Button Dress + Pattern Review – Simplicity 8123

Faux Button Front Dress + Pattern Review - Rosy | Peña

Hello BEAUTIES! Happy Wednesday, I hope you are ALL doing well! 🙂 Today’s post is one that almost didn’t make it, in many different aspects! I made this dress a few months ago intended to be my entry dress for a runway show! After me and this dress battled it out; On the cutting table, at my machine and even in photographs (lol) I decided to go with a different dress for the runway show. You can check that dress out here if you’d like.

I usually don’t get as much sewing time as I would like with two daughters at home, so when I get a moment in my sewing space it’s GO” time. I have to get stuff done and get it done rather quickly. With that said and if you can relate, word to the wise about this dress pattern, don’t rush it. It has side specific pieces (left band, right band, etc.) so you must pay special attention to that especially when you are cutting.  I started sewing in 2014 and this is the first piece I’ve come across that caused somewhat of challenge for me, which don’t get me wrong I LOVE. Every challenge we face in sewing teaches us something new and I can totally appreciate that. Even if that something is just to PAY attention lol. As long as you are paying attention you can get through this dress nicely!


Remember to stay inspired and follow what lights a spark in you! Pattern Review & Photos below! Enjoy! 🙂

Faux Button Dress + Pattern Review - Rosy | Peña

Pattern Description: Dress with slim or flared skirt and faux wrap button side-front panel. Dress has thicker straps with back zipper. Simplicity 8123

Pattern Sizing: 10-18, I cut size 10.

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

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, pay special care to pattern markings and placements.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I wasn’t really drawn to the design of the dress when FIRST seeing (for my personal style). I do like that the designer has video tutorials and enjoy making things to learn the construction of it. That was the case with this pattern and I did learn a few things in the process.

Fabric Used: Stretch woven from Joann Fabric.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I tapered in the skirt to give me a fitted look then added a front slit, for the sake of me being able to walk.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I thought I was done with this pattern after making but after seeing the designer do a pattern mix with the bodice into a jumpsuit I might be on board with that for a future make! I would recommend if you enjoy this style, my sister said it has somewhat of a vintage feel which I can see. You can always modify here and there and with fabric choice to give you the look you want.

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4 thoughts on “Faux Button Dress + Pattern Review – Simplicity 8123

  1. I think you did an awesome job with this pattern. I felt the same way as you when I first saw it. It just wasn’t in my taste, but your modifications and of course, the fabric choice makes the dress super cute. In regards to sewing time, I don’t have kids and I already feel pressed for time. I guess I better start working on getting as much done as possible in an hour or two. Lol Also, do you take your own pics? You are doing a great job if so.

    1. THANK YOU for the compliments! I’m glad I wasn’t the only one who thought so about the pattern initially! Awesome thing about sewing though we can tweak it to our likings! 🙂 It’s not so hard with children as long as theres help every now and then, my youngest likes to watch me sew so she’ll join me sometimes. My sister takes my pics for me, thank goodness. I tried taking my photos alone when I first started and it is do-able just a lot of back and forth to check the camera angles etc. It’s do-able though! XO

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