Pattern Review: Simplicity 3835

Pattern Description: 

Raglan sleeve shift dresses with ties on sleeves, raglan sleeve tops

Pattern Sizing:

D5, US 4-12, Eur 30-38. I made a size 6 which is a size down from my actual measurements (which is what I always do with Simplicity and other American patterns because there is always a sh*tload of ease for whatever reason).

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

Yes (except with me inside rather than a faceless shade from the Victorian era).

Simplicity 3835 made up

Simplicity 3835 The Dutch-plate version

Were the instructions easy to follow?

Yes, except the neckline which I would’ve done differently if I hadn’t being sewing in impatient/ kindergarten-mode.


The narrow-fit silhouette.


Way too narrow at the sleeve ends/cuffs. Difficult to slide up my arms at the elbow point. Narrow across the back-makes movement difficult if sewn in a non-stretch fabric.

Suggestions/ notes for improvement

Check the upper back width and cuff diameter before you sew this. If in doubt go a size up. Sew the inner neck/collar facing onto the dress body first and then put the outer collar/ neck piece on- makes it easier to topstitch and the inside looks way neater.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

Hell no, the neck is way too fiddly and I have a limited amount of sewing time and way more patterns to delve into.


I should just stick to Knipmode and Burda tunics and dresses-their sizing is standard and the overall silhouette suits my body type better.

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