Friday, May 4, 2012

Project 12: Simplicity 1884

Do you also forget to look in the Sportswear patterns?  I always forget they exist, probably because they aren't as well-organized as the dresses, skirts, and tops; in one pattern, you can have a jacket, skirt, dress and shirt, and while that's an awesome deal for the price, it's also extremely overwhelming.  So much to look through!

However, in the spring Simplicity patterns I found two (yes, two!) sportswear patterns to buy.  Instead of pantsuits and coordinating pieces, they're actually extremely wearable.  I actually bought this one, Simplicity 1884, because it reminded me of the Anna Maria Horner Socialite dress, which I made last year and then gave (the pattern) to my cousin.  I still wear the dress; it's great for warm days at work.

Without further ado...

Pattern Description
Coordinates: v-neck top or blouse, kimono jacket and pants, all in one pattern.  This is View B, a v-neck blouse.

Pattern Sizing
For this particular piece, it was XS - XXL.  This is a medium.

Did it look like the drawing on the envelope when you were done with it?
Yes!  Except I vetoed the tie.  This top has a lot going on.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Hmm.  Yes and no.  If you've never done one of these necklines before, this is not the pattern to start with.  However, if you have, you'll probably find it easier--the overall construction is simple.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like that I pretty much have another copy of the Socialite Dress now, and I love the swingy style.  I'm heading to Beaufort, SC, in a couple weeks and this will be great with a pair of shorts.

Fabric Used
Sarah Jane Studio's Children at Play balloons.  I knew when I bought it that I wanted to make it a blouse.  Originally I was picturing a button-down, but I think this is just so cute.

Pattern Changes or Alterations Made
Nothing.  I skipped the bow on the front but that wasn't a huge change.  Oh, and somehow I turned double-fold 1/4" bias tape into single-fold 3/8" tape.  That was just a MacGuyver moment.

Would you sew it again?
I'm thinking about it!  It'd be nice in a voile or lawn--something super light and airy for the summer.

It looks super cute hanging in my sewing room--I know that much.

PS--a little preview of some things I made for the shop...!


  1. Love the top, so pretty and the material. I just ordered this pattern to make the short sleeved jacket as I have some silk I want to use.
    What materials are suitable for this pattern?

    1. I'm not sure which materials are suitable for anything but the top, but I'm sure if the silk is heavier, like dupioni, it'll work for the jacket. For the shirt it's basically anything light--the fabric I used was quilting cotton and it was perfect. Lawn, voile or dotted Swiss would be great too!

  2. Thanks for checking and the advice. Great blog you have!

    1. Oh, no problem, I'm sorry I couldn't be more of a help. Thank you and thanks for coming by!


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