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