I present . . . my sleep slack, aka Simplicity 8911! Is it a ridiculous garment to put on the internet? Yes. Do I love it dearly? Also yes. I was given this fabric in exchange for a blog post on Minerva.com, so I’ll keep the details here brief, but you can read my full notes and thoughts on this garment here.
Sometimes a pattern is so bizarre you can’t help but fall in love with it, and that was how I felt when I first saw the Simplicity 8911 pattern. It looks like it could be a Star Wars cosplay dress, and I’ll admit this might have been my justification in picking it up. But really, it looked decadently cozy, and I knew I belonged in it.
I sewed the dress in a straight XS, making no alterations except to change the neckline. Instead of using elastic binding which is what the pattern calls for, I went for v-neck because frankly, it just sounded more comfortable. I used the instructions and drafting from the Union St. Tee pattern, which are both great. The only tricky bit was determining the length of the self-ribbing, which should be 10-15% shorter than the neckline. I won’t complain though, because it’s good for this humanities brain of mine to do some Maths sometimes.
This dress is so comfortable and one of my favorite things to wear on a lazy weekend. The only change I would make in hindsight is to add pockets. Normally, I am strictly anti-teardrop style pockets, but in the case of this dress there’s already so much fabric flopping around at the hips—who cares!? And if I could stash my cell phone or some snacks in this dress, that would only enhance my lounge days in the best possible way.