Friday, December 20, 2013

December Garment Finished: Simplicity 1783

Simplicity 1783


Not much to say; review below.


Pattern Description: 

Misses' pleated blouse with a peek-a-boo slit and bias bound neckline with long or short sleeves. Cropped pants and mini skirt have fly front and patch pockets with optional top or side entry; skirt has front inverted pleat. Cynthia Rowley Pattern Collection.

Pattern Sizing:

12-20; I cut an 18

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?


Were the instructions easy to follow?

Yes. It was pretty straightforward and the fly instructions were good. The front inverted pleat is super easy to do; I thought it was more complicated than it is.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

I didn't like the shape of the fly shield, it's odd.

I don't like the boxy shape and the length. However, it was my fault for not noticing it says "mini skirt" and not checking the finished length.

Fabric Used:

Dark brown corduroy from Hancock

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

Slightly larger seams from hip to waist. I should have cut a 16 waist, grading to an 18 hip.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

I won't sew it again. I had high hopes when I initially bought this pattern and when I saw Rachel's version, it was bumped up in queue. It just looks so blah on me...


Meh. I am starting to realize every time I take a day off and spend it in the sewing room, I end up with a wadder!

**********gratuitous cat shot************

She was "lost" in the house for nearly two days. I was worried out of my mind!!!! If you've got time, you have to read through the stories on Pattern Review. Cats are crazy! :-)


  1. I love this skirt, but I think it is more designed for my sort of shape, so that is probably why. I'm sorry you don't like it. I sometimes have the more time I have to sew the worse it gets syndrome as well :)

  2. Sorry you don't like your skirt. I think it's great. Love your cat, too.

  3. I like your skirt Mrs. Smith. I can see it being worn with tights, some riding boots, a chunky sweater and an infinity scarf. Guess that's just where I am right now. I've been hoarding several pieces of corduroy for years planning a skirt.

  4. I think you did a great job, lots of deatils, being 5' 1'' I mostly have to hack a pattern to death before I get started on anything lol!

  5. Aww thanks everyone. It's totally not "the most horrible skirt in the world" :). It just looked BLAH on me.

  6. Mrs. Smith - in the pictures your skirt looks like a very wearable basic, but I totally understand your feeling of meh! It's how it personally makes you feel when you're wearing it, regardless of how other people think it looks fine. Been there, felt that, too many times to mention...
    :-) Chris

    1. It makes me look stocky!

      I'm going to take some pictures wearing it as I had in mind, and see if I like it better. Blah.


  7. Chile, if THAT'S what 18 looks like . . . va voom. I believe I did read you cut an "18". But, like the other ladies state if YOU don't like it, that's all that matters.

    For what it's worth your sewing skill was on point with the project. All else fails, you'll have a piece for when you simply need to grab something. Or, you can always gift it to someone who will go gaga over the fact that you thought enough of them to give it to them.

    Again, nice boots girl.

    Looking forward to reading more from you, Mrs. S.




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