Belted Tunic & Leggings – Simplicity (MimiG) 1019

When MimiG discussed the release of Simplicity pattern 1019, I knew that I wanted to sew this.  Like a Prince fan camped outside of the local Ticketmaster box office, I was READY on the release date.  I fell in love with the style and wanted an opportunity to successfully sew a Simplicity pattern in a day, especially something that I could wear to work or a night out with my girlfriends.  The belt, the buttoned shoulders and the slits on the side….SMH.  I had to have it!

Fabric:  navy and off-white medium weight double-knit (perfect for winter weather)

Modifications:  None.  I wanted to make this precisely as written.

Would I make it again?:  Most definitely! I knew when I purchased the pattern that I wanted two sets.  One long, pictured here in navy and white knit and one all off-white with a shorter pullover which I plan to sew this weekend.  In the winter, I love off-white knits.  The only difference, the next go round is make the leggings a size 8.  I am a normally a size 4/6 and cut my leggings in a size 6.  They fit perfectly unlike any leggings that I have purchased.  I washed them after sewing and they did not shrink in length or around the hips but I would like to know that I can pig out and not have to worry about the waist after a hearty meal.

Difficulty:  Zero difficulty.  This pattern was very easy to follow and took three hours from cutting to hemming.

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Summer Tanks – Simplicity 1112

I’m making a fair attempt to go back to wearing vibrant colors.  This morning I woke up and made a pair or drawstring pants (not shown) and tank to match (in blue on left).  Then I found another piece of fabric that I used to make an additional tank.  I love the blue but every time I look at the other, I’m thinking “Wonder Bread”!

The blue is definitely my style.  I will have to force myself to wear the other and hear my husbands Wonder Bread jokes.   Both were made using Simplicity pattern 1112.

Fabric:  Polyester

Modifications:  None.   On the second (right), I elongated the blouse.

Would I make it again?:  As you can see, I immediately made a second one.

Difficulty:  The pattern instructions are super easy.  The second one took 22 minutes to make.

Pee Wee Fashion – Simplicity (New Look) 6360

Two weeks ago my husband and I were at one of our favorite restaurants in Easton, PA and a couple entered with their adolescent daughter who had on the cutest dress with godets (the triangular pieces of fabric to add flair to a skirt or dress) that caught my eye.

Throughout dinner I kept staring at this dress and smiled because something about the dress reminded me of Amelia, my neighbor Janine’s daughter.  Right then and there, I was inspired to sew!   You see, sewing is a feeling.  When inspiration hits you, you can’t hear, think or process anything else but how to manipulate fabric and guide it through the feed dogs. I had the perfect gingham at home and knew that I wanted to make this for Amelia.

The next day, I found @SewSimplicity New Look 6360 that is very similar to the little girls dress in the restaurant.  What you see here is the end result.

I finished the interfacing, washed the finished garmet on gentle (cold water) pressed it and just delivered it.  Gosh I hope that it fits!

Fabric: Gingham

Notions: one zipper, one hook and eye closure and lightweight interfacing for the arm and neck.
Difficulty: Easy

Modifications:   I hate hemming but I don’t mind hand sewing  other items (go figure) so I took the lazy route. Using my serger, I finished the raw edge .25″ because gingham frays and rolled the bottom once using a straight stitch.  For a 7/8 girls, this called for a 16″ invisible zipper for the back.  I could not find one so I used a 20″ and cut the end after stay-stitching.