A mini-comparison between Simplicity 8102 (left) and VFT Hope (right)
( I did not sew up the Simplicity garment, this is only a memo about the pattern).
Last month I reviewed the “Hope” dress from VFT, and as often happens in pattern-world, a very similar design was released shortly afterwards. I was asked in a FB group if I knew what the differences were between Simplicity 8102 and VFT Hope, so as soon as the ubiquitous $1.99 sale popped up at JoJo’s, I purchased the pattern out of sheer curiosity.
The obvious design differences are:
- Simplicity 8102 is not lined (the bodice and rabbit-ear ties are faced) so you don’t have the 2-looks-in-1 reversible concept of Hope
- 8102 has a ruffle side-hem version; Hope has a ruffle all-around-the-hem version
- 8102 shoulder-tie “ears” are wider and more oval-shaped
- 8102 has front and back pattern pieces; the difference is in the neckline height only
- 8102 has a much smaller yardage required
I was very interested to see if the shapes of the body were different, because this was my personal concern with Hope: the enormous skirt sweep was extended directly from the armscye, with no ease across the chest. So let’s compare shapes.
(Aligned at center-front): 8102 has far more ease across the chest, a lower neckline, and much less sweep falling from the underarm than Hope (in pink):
(Aligned at center-front): As I showed on the previous post, I made an adjusted pattern from Hope by slash-and-spread from the bodice hem up through the shoulder, giving more ease through the chest, and trimming excess sweep from the sides (my pattern in orange):
(Aligned at center-front): Now compare 8102 to my adjusted pattern, and see how similar the side-seam sweep is? Simplicity has the sweep I suggested:
(Aligned at side-seam): Slide my adjusted pattern over to the left, so that side-seams align, and you’ll see that the armscyes are similar, but 8102 has more ease across the chest:
So if any of y’all wanted to do the adjustment that I did, don’t bother, just go buy Simplicity (maybe trim a bit of ease from the center-front). Unless you live outside the U.S…..$15.95 is outrageous. Although it does come with a cute bag pattern…..