Cinco de Mayo Simplicity 5238

Here’s a more true-to-life (or at least, true to the pattern illustration) version of Simplicity 5238:

Cinco de Mayo Simplicity 5238 dress

I actually bought this fabric yonks ago. I bought it in early autumn and thought it was too summery, and then it suffered from a lot of being “too” other stuff, as well. It was too heavy for a regular shirtdress, and then too stripey for some patterns that would have required more matching than my laziness allowed, and then once I started playing with Simplicity 5238, I was all, “hello there, sorry you’ve been languishing in the back of the fabric closet, time to come out and play!”

Cinco de Mayo Simplicity 5238 bodice

Even though it is VERY stripey, it’s not too bad to match with this pattern:

Cinco de Mayo Simplicity 5238 center bodice

The major departure from your bog-standard Simplicity 5238 is the addition of front slash pockets, of course:

Cinco de Mayo Simplicity 5238 pocket

I’ve decided, after a few iterations, that center back zippers are horrible. At least, my implementation of this one is:

Cinco de Mayo Simplicity 5238 terrible back zipper

Center back waist turned out mostly okay. Go figure.

Cinco de Mayo Simplicity 5238 okay at waist

The stripes did something interesting (I’m CALLING it interesting, therefore it is INTERESTING and not ‘off’) on the back bodice:

Cinco de Mayo Simplicity 5238 back view

I’m also telling myself that the V there makes my back waist seem smaller (although honestly, I gave up really trying to optically-illuse my Actual Body™ away ages ago) and also that nobody will notice the weird hiccup at the bottom of the zipper because the pattern is so darn busy.

I ended up calling this the Cinco de Mayo dress because I coincidentally wore it for the first time on Cinco de Mayo,  running errands in the Mission, so I got a  lot of very nice compliments on it from people who were, for the most part, only MILDLY inebriated. I believe this would an excellent dress to attack a piñata in, should you be so inclined — the armholes are very deep, so you should be able to get some good whacks in without worrying about tearing out a sleeve. Also, you’ll match both the tissue paper AND the candy.

5 thoughts on “Cinco de Mayo Simplicity 5238

  1. It’s a triumph, and the fabric is great! Pick a color from the fabric, any color, and add a belt or sash in that color, and you’re in business! Brava!


  2. By all means, skip the back zipper next time! I usually “save” a less-than-lovely top of zip by making a tab that is attached on one side of the zip, and that buttons/snaps/Velcros onto the other side of the closed zip. Looks all designer-y and fancy, as if you meant to add that detail, instead of a last-minute fix. Also, on some garments, the tab can help to absorb stress on the zip, and keep it from splitting or opening itself all day long (I’m talking to you, Lady for Whom I Do Alterations, who can’t understand why an invisible zipper won’t stay shut around your vastly-increased-since-you-bought-that-skirt waistline. I’m not insulting you, I’m helping your clothes not fall off your body when you least suspect it.)


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