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Pattern Review - Simplicity 1872

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Pattern Review - Simplicity 1872

I am always whining that I need some more nice tops to wear out at the weekend, so when I was in Simply Fabrics a couple of weeks a ago I picked up this satin for £3 per metre - Bargain! I used Simplicity 1872

This is me trying to get the last of the sun before winter, so no apologies for the sunfilled photo!
I am bad for 2 things - 1. Cutting a 14 on a bodice when I always have to take it in! 2. Not doing a FBA. So when I list the necessary adjustments that I had to make (taking 1.5 inches on each side and being miffed that the skirt section falls shorter than I would like) it's no one's fault but my own....

I love this fabric, it is really soft and has a lovely drape. However this did mean that it was pretty 'live' so I took my time when working with this project. I also added a modesty stitch at the bust (and it still sits pretty low!) - reading other pattern reviews, many people have to do this with many of the mainstream patterns. 
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Denim Mini!

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Pattern Review - Vogue 1247 Skirt
I have needed a black miniskirt in my wardrobe for ages and this pattern fitted the bill. This pattern is actually easy, as some of you know sometimes an 'Easy' Vogue is far from it. I used a lightweight stretch denim purchased from Fabricland.

The skirt was completed one leisurely Monday afternoon/evening and came together very easily. I omitted the pockets and went without the waistband and just finished it with binding. I really like the shape of the skirt and I like the instructions to finish the inside seams with bias binding - I think it looks neat - it both senses of the word. Inside View 
You can see my review on Pattern Review here.  I currently have Simplicity 1872 on the sewing table. Hoping to finish this over the next week or so. I am still on a sewing high following my recent pattern and fabric purchases! 
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New Simplicity Patterns
So I saw that Simplicity had a sale and I couldn't resist!

Most of these are not very exciting patterns, but good to have in my stash. I bought some fabric on a recent trip to Brixton, but I will blog about that later. First - patterns!

These are my purchases.


I really like the dress in orange on the front of the pattern envelope. It's also a suitable work type dress pattern.



I actually have very few skirt patterns and if I do I find it hard to find suitable fabrics or other clothes in my wardrobe to wear with them. I thought that this one is pretty versatile and will give me a chance to try welt pockets.


I like the top/dress options in this. I would like to make the top in either a jersey or a sheer. And the dress would look nice in linen as on the pattern envelope.


Who doesn't love a bit of Cynthia Rowley - I know that lots of sewers love her designs. The top version of this caught my eye. I find that I don't have enough nice tops to wear ov…
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Pattern Review - McCalls 6503
I have had this fabric in my stash for ages and not known what to do with it, as it is pretty stiff and wouldn't have much drape. When I bought this McCalls pattern here. I thought it would be a good match and at least provide me with a wearable muslin. The only downside is that the busy fabric hides alot of the nice details. Front View
I am actually pretty happy with how this turned out - I was worried that the pleats in the back would make my bum look like a shelf, but the pleats are actually quite flattering. Although the result is more retro than originally intended. Back View Even though I cut my usually size 14, I had to take in the bodice LOADS! And I mean huge!Originally when I was cutting this out I thought I was been pretty risky in not either cutting out a bigger bodice or doing a FBA. However, I ended up deepening the darts in the back and taking 2 inches in on each side. As a result the midriff is super fitted and I had to deepen the a…