Gathered Sleeve Dress - Simplicity 2863

Here's another dress I finished a few weeks ago. The fabric is from one of my favorite thrift stores in Oregon. It probably cost $2-3. You can see in the photo below, it's a synthetic knit, I'm guessing from the 80s. I used the Built By You for Simplicity pattern 2863. I made view A with some modifications. Due to fabric limitations, I cut the sleeves separately from the body. I made the seam allowances on the front of the arm into casings and threaded a fabric tube through the casing, making a gathered sleeve that echoes the gathering at the waist.

Otherwise I followed the pattern as designed. The fit is good except sometimes the high neck bothered me (an itchy thing). It was pretty easy to put together and I might even make it again in a different fabric.


  1. This is cute. The print is great and you could lower the front neckline if it's too itchy. I think it would still look good.

  2. look at you go! I love the high neck line.

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