Cotton Lawn Simplicity S8888

I don’t know about you, but there is not a lot of sewing going on around here right now. We are in the middle of lockdown (again) here in the UK and I am homeschooling my little boy full-time. After he goes to bed I am much more likely to be found knitting on the sofa in front of the TV rather than beavering away at the sewing machine.

In the interests of sustainability it’s probably a good thing that I am not making loads more new clothes, but I do have plenty of makes that I haven’t blogged yet! So here is a dress I made and photographed several months ago…

This fabric is made by Storrs London and was from Minerva.com – it is a cotton lawn that feels really tightly woven and as a result is incredibly smooth. It’s lightweight but completely opaque – I haven’t lined this dress! I haven’t had a cotton lawn like it before – it’s very smooth. This dress pattern is Simplicity S8888 which I have had my eye on for a while ever since seeing Rumana of The Little Pomegranate make a gorgeous one. It is one of the Simplicity ‘hacking’ patterns but the only hack I made was to remove the zip from the back as I found there was enough room to get it over my head without a zip.


The Simplicity pattern was easy to make and comes with lots of options but it was a little on the big side, I know that the commercial pattern companies often include a lot of ease but as this is a non-fitted pattern I didn’t really think it would matter. I took a little wedge out of each underarm to bring it in round the bust and left the rest of the pattern as-is. I chose to include the in-seam pockets and make the midi length which isn’t exactly midi on me – I am 5’ 7” and if I wanted it to be truly midi I would need to add length next time. There are several sleeve options but I went for the sleeveless option so that it will be cool in summer, I have been layering it over a long sleeved top and with leggings in winter.


I love these smock dress styles for special fabrics such as this one, the dress looks pretty but isn’t fitted at all so should fit me weather I gain or lose a bit of weight. I feel like it gives me a bit of insurance that it will be able to fit me for years to come. I am not afraid of my body fluctuating in size, I think it is only natural, but I do like to think my makes are more sustainable if they would fit me at several sizes. I would hate to make a dress in this gorgeous fabric and then find that next year it doesn’t fit anymore. I think you will probably see me continuing to make sack/smock dresses for a long time!


I must admit I do not lean towards floral fabrics. I make something floral maybe once per year, however, I do love a dark floral and this ticks all the boxes for me – it’s pretty but not too delicate or feminine which is just not me. I also love these blacks and turquoises near my face as they are such lovely colours for my skin tone. I will definitely be thinking about embracing these colours more in my personal colour palette going forwards.

Hopefully it makes no difference whether I made something recently or not, it is nice to be writing about makes and looking at my sewing even though I don’t feel like sewing much right now. Hope you are all well and staying safe!

One thought on “Cotton Lawn Simplicity S8888

  1. Saw this at The Foldline, and had to check it out further. It’s very pretty, and the colors are so complimentary to you. Is the print somewhat ombre, or is it just chance that the bodice looks lighter? I thought that if it is ombre, it goes along with your moon phases tattoo. 🙂
    I am surprised at your description of the fit. On the Simplicity pattern, it looks nicely fitted, and there is NO description provided. I remember when they used to describe fit and point out design details on the pattern envelope. *sigh* Good thing we have the internet now, for that.

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