Sunday, August 19, 2012

Project 19: Simplicity 1779, and a New Look

Before I jump into my latest project, I wanted to talk about the new look of things around here.  I was dealing with some itching to change things last week, so I went for it!  It isn't perfect, but I like how it looks for now.  I think some things need to be tweaked, but I'm not a graphic designer, nor do I know anything about anything.  I considered (for about five minutes) learning CSS to change some stuff, but that was a little too ambitious, and I'm a little too exhausted.

Onto the pattern!

Do you realize we're more than halfway through August and I haven't completed a resolution project yet?  That's unacceptable, in my opinion.  Granted, the resolutions are dwindling down, but that's no excuse, especially because I've had this fabric--specifically for this project--since June.

According to Pinterest, thirty-three weeks ago I pinned this shirt onto my Sewing Inspiration board:

From Anthropologie, so I'm sure it cost a million jillion dollars and was bad quality.  At the time, I thought it could be a modified Colette Jasmine, but I never got around to it and just let it sit on my board forever.

In June, Denver Fabrics was having another great sale, so I picked up some cotton lawn.  Considering it's about $4 a yard, it's pretty good quality: silky, it doesn't fray excessively, and if I make a mistake I don't fret as much.  I remembered this blouse and decided to buy the supplies, even if I didn't have the pattern.

Then Simplicity released 1779 for fall and I thought it was cute enough and close enough to give it a whirl.  So this is my version.

Pattern Description
Button-down blouse with various collar styles and sleeve lengths.  This is view C.

Pattern sizing
True to Big 4, this is available in 6-22.  I made a 14.

Did it look like the drawing on the envelope when you were done?
Yes, I believe so.  The drawing had better lighting--stupid rainy days messing up my photos.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, there were just a ton of them--39 steps total!

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I love the range of styles available in one pattern, and I like the more modern fit.  So many button-downs available in patterns are made like they're only for old women.

Fabric used
Aqua and navy cotton lawn from Denver Fabrics

Pattern alterations or any design changes made
Not a lot!  I did use a 1/2" seam allowance through the body.  But that was it!

Would you sew it again?
Yes!  I'm loving the Liberty quilting fabrics, so if I could make view A in one of those, I think it'd look great.

Don't wait for a rainy day to take pictures.  Ugh!

So while it isn't identical, it's close enough for me.  I hope my Colette Sencha arrives this week, because I'd like to make that in time for the Savannah Craft Brew Fest at the end of the month.  And then I really need to focus on fall sewing--Beignet, here I come!

What'd you sew this weekend?


  1. You are in luck if you want another one of these. McCall's just totally ripped off the Anthropologie shirt with McCall's 6648, they even used a similar color. It looks exactly like your inspiration. Love your blog!

    1. Oh my gosh! I wish I had seen that pattern earlier! I have to buy it the next time McCalls patterns are on sale. Thanks for the tip!

      Thanks for reading!


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