Friday, January 20, 2012

Project 4: Simplicity 2154

Why didn't anyone call me out on the title of Tuesday's post?  I was getting ahead of myself--today I completed project four!

This is the first piece of clothing I've made for myself where I kinda regret cutting the fabric and using it.  I'm not  super happy with the fit--I need some Spanx under it, even though it's the size I always cut--and, I don't know...I'm just feeling very "meh" toward it.  Of course, I've eaten one piece of banana bread today, as well as a lot of espresso, so my blood sugar has bottomed out, as well as my mood.  That could be an underlying factor.

Front view

Pattern Description
Pattern contains pieces for a knit cardigan, a pencil skirt, and this top--reprint of a vintage pattern

Pattern Sizing
Big 4 again--6-22 are available.  This is a 14/8.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the envelope when you were done with it?
Nope!  I made lots o'changes.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, definitely, but I made a lot of changes and skipped around, so I may not be the best judge.  BUT I had everything but the facings done within a matter of hours.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I loved the retro look.  I was originally tempted by the giant bow, which is odd that I decided to leave it off.  I also like the option of making a skirt later.

Front close-up
Fabric used
Quilting cotton I got from Whipstitch.  I'm not sure of the designer or collection, and I can't a selvedge anywhere.

Pattern changes or any design alterations you made
Let's see...the seams are 1/2" instead of 5/8".  I omitted the giant bow.  I also did a fabric loop closure in the back instead of thread.  

Would you sew it again?
Maybe the skirt.  I'm just not super keen on it!

It's cute, but it'll wait until I feel like pouring myself into Spanx.

Rhinestone button in the back
Maybe I'm just in a sour mood.  This weather sucks--it's freezing and dark already--and I have to cook again tonight, which makes six nights this week instead of my agreement to five.  Someone slap me and tell me to snap out of it.  Where's my mother when I need her?


  1. umm..helloo...LEFTOVERS! haha
    I think the shirt is super cute!

    1. We don't have leftovers! Also we don't have a microwave, so leftovers are used for work lunches.

      Thanks Jess!

    2. How in the world do you live without a microwave?? I did it for about a week when I moved into my apartment and it was awful!!!!! hahah, yes, I am one of those people!

    3. We just aren't into it! Ours broke before Christmas and we realized we never used it anyway. We have a popcorn maker and any leftovers are either taken to work or heated up on the stove/in the oven. We're old-fashioned, haha.


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