Sunny Summer Separates: Simplicity 9550


I you read the previous post, here, you know that I purchased 2yds of each of these polka dot fabrics. Well in another visit to Melanated Fabrics I saw a 1.5 yd remnant of the white dots on yellow fabric and grabbed it. This allowed me to add a another piece to this collection of separates. So I added these shorts.

  • Skill Level*: Top 2/beginner, Shorts 3/Intermediate
  • Sewing Time: 4-6 hours
  • Pattern Rating*: 5/TNT

I’ve already made this top twice and the shorts once so you already know I like this set. Both pieces come together easily and quickly.


This yellow and white polka dot viscose is from Melanated Fabrics. There’s also orange and green available. It feels great and drapes beautifully.


I added 2″ to the hem of the top for a bit more coverage and to make sure the girls have room. Additionally I omitted the elastic hem.

For the shorts I added about an inch to the back crotch seam. The first pair, here, can be a bit wedgie prone, so I needed to add a bit of ease to these. I also saw no reason not to have pockets so I added those using a pocket pattern piece from S9597, though any inseam pocket would work. You could even draft your own (just make sure the pocket isn’t diet than your shorts are long).


I think I’m going to retire this pattern for this summer. Though I could use more shorts. I’m sure they’ll return next year.

Pattern:  Mimi G for Simplicity 9550

Pattern Description: Pull-over top has puffed dolman sleeves finished with elastic at hems and back button closure. View B top features short cuffed sleeves, elastic at hem and open back with self ties. Mid-calf skirt and mid-thigh shorts have back zipper, hip yoke and sash. 

Sizing: I sewed a 20 top and 22 bottom. 4-12, 14-22 (9550) 18W-26W, 26W-34W (9551)

Does it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope? Yes

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes 

Would I recommend it to others? Yes

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