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Simplicity 1365 Pattern Review

Welcome to my first pattern review!  During the Summer the lovely people at Simplicity launched their sewing challenge. They very kindly offered a choice of 4 patterns which would be sent to you free of charge. Once your project had been completed you simply post the pictures on your chosen social media site, using the hashtag #SimplicitySewingChallenge and voila! you are considered for a shot of the superb prize of 12 sewing patterns, trimmings and the opportunity to become a VIP Simplicity blogger.


As soon as I read about this I wanted to take part. I adore reading sewing blogs in my spare time and I although you don’t have to be a blogger to enter this competition I was hoping that this might just give me the incentive to start a blog of my own…

dsc04504I chose pattern 1365, to enter the Best Vintage Make category. I knew the pattern would be clearly written, you can rely on Simplicity for that. As always it pays to spend a few minutes reading the instructions, crucial if you want to avoid making silly mistakes. I chose to make view C, I prefer a simple look and knew the other views would be unflattering on my shape. I enjoyed the finish details on this top – it is as good to look at on the inside as it is on the outside due to the inclusion of facings inside. I had to read through the instructions carefully a couple of times in places to understand what was being asked but it came together beautifully.

I would probably consider this pattern suitable for an advanced beginner/intermediate sewist as it contains several pieces and uses techniques such as buttonholes, gathering and stitch in the ditch.


As this pattern is a 1970’s vintage style piece I decided to use a navy floral cotton with a vintage vibe purchased from Material Magic in Leicester. I am really pleased with how this turned out, and look forward to getting some wear out of it next Summer, wouldn’t it look just adorable with capri trousers or dressed down with denim shorts. I also think it would look really pretty made from a crisp white broderie anglaise – maybe this will be my next version.


Finishing touches


I chose to use some leftover fabric to cover my own buttons. I feel this really gives the finished project a retro feel keeping in line with the 1970’s style of design. If you have never tried covering your own buttons I would strongly recommend it – so easy and rewarding!

Thank you Simplicity for the pattern and for the inspiration to finally start my blog as a result. Congratulations to all the other entrants, I have such admiration of the talent and creativity of the sewing community out there. Let me know if you have made anything similar, I would love to hear from you.

Thanks for reading, be back soon, Kathy x

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