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A Floral Simplicity New Look 6449

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I was very fortunate recently to have been sent a couple of sewing patterns from Simplicity New Look and am sharing with you today my thoughts on the first one.

One of the things that swayed me to choose this pattern was the fact that there are options to make knit or woven dresses, and 4 different dress styles too – with mix and match possibilities.

Whilst I love the woven shirt dress with the tie belt ( and will definitely be making one of these too), my eye was drawn to version A, which is the knit dress with short sleeves and patch pocket. I really liked the floral fabric that they had used in their image, and knew that I had a similar fabric in my stash. It’s a knit fabric that I picked up last year at a sewing meetup (#sewbrum), from the rag market in Birmingham. For this reason, I don’t have the exact fabric content details, but it has the perfect amount of stretch needed when I tested it against the handy stretch guide on the pattern envelope.

I think that the bold pink, blue and green floral detail on the black background is super cute, and these colours make it very wearable with thick black tights whilst the weather is still chilly.

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I have lost count of the amount of Simplicity New Look patterns that I have sewn up over the years, so it was no surprise to me how straightforward the pattern instructions were. It is rated as an ‘easy’ sewing pattern and I would agree. For those unfamiliar, the pattern pieces are printed on lightweight tissue paper, and the simple step by step written instructions are accompanied by black and white drawings.

The version that I decided to make has a little patch pocket on the chest and I chose to pattern match this as best as I could. It worked pretty well I think,  as I think it is almost impossible to spot from a distance (in the image above), although I do think that pattern matching is not essential, and you could totally make a feature of the pocket by ignoring all the pattern matching rules!

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Another feature of this dress is the deep cuff band, which is rolled back to finish the short sleeve. I think this gives it a more casual feel and makes a change from the usual sleeve finish which is simply turned under and stitched into place. To make sure they wouldn’t roll undone, I decided to stitch a couple of bar tacks on each cuff. To do this I dropped the feed dogs on my machine and set the stitch to a wide zig zag. This gives a neat and secure bar tack stitch which I sewed on the underarm and top of each sleeve.

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The neck band on the dress fitted perfectly, and required no adjustment. It lays nice and flat and I finished it with a row of twin needle stitching. I also used the twin needle to give the hem of the dress a lovely neat finish.

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I had a great time making this dress. Quick to cut out, simple to assemble and the result is a dress that will take me through Spring and beyond. I plan to make a t-shirt dress with it this summer as I think it would be cute made from a striped jersey.

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Thank you again to Simplicity New Look for sending the pattern to me, I am pleased with the outcome and look forward to making more versions for a long time to come.

Take care, and I’ll be back soon,

Kathy x

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Kommatia Patterns T003 Jersey Top Sewing Pattern Review

 

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A few weeks ago I was thrilled to be accepted by Kommatia Patterns as a pattern tester for this gorgeous simple jersey v-neck top. I thoroughly enjoyed the process, and can’t wait to share this with you today.

This pattern is a very comfy relaxed t-shirt, with a v-neck, breast pocket and turn up sleeves. It is available on PDF from Kommatia Patterns and I will link you to it here if you would like to take a look.

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One of the good things about this pattern is that it only uses 1 metre of fabric! How great is that?

This is the first time that I have sewn a Kommatia Pattern. The instructions and pattern layouts are clear and easy to follow (and available in both English and French), and the actual pattern only uses 12 sheets of A4 paper so is easy on your printing supplies too!

The pattern markings are clear and thorough, and enables you to follow all stages of the make with no problems. It is fairly quick to make – I cut the fabric in the evening and the following day made this up in approx 3 hours. I made a straight Medium size and it fitted perfectly, no need for any alterations.

Something that I did come across when I was pattern testing was the fact that with the rolled up sleeves feature, you will see the ‘wrong side’ of the fabric. I had chosen a lovely jersey with a gorgeous print but of course it was plain on the wrong side, so this of course showed in the rolled up sleeve. You could choose to make this a feature of your make of course, or in the case of today’s pictures, choose a fabric which looks the same on the right and wrong side. Head over to my Instagram account if you would like to see my patterned version.

Your jersey has to have a slight stretch to it, and I picked up this pretty grey at the local market for £2! What a bargain!

Features on this top to take care with are the pocket, the sleeves and the neckline.

The pocket is perfectly placed in my  opinion and just requires a little care with the stitching, but I like the challenge of a bit of topstitching.

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The sleeves fit like a dream, and the turn ups are secured by using bar-tacks on your machine – such fun!

The neckline is slightly more tricky, but just requires you to take your time. Follow the instructions to a tee and you will be fine.

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The hemline has a flattering curve, and I finished it using my ball point double needle. Oh yes, don’t forget that for this project you will be using ball point pins, needles and the stretch stitch on your machine.

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Overall a really good staple for your wardrobe. I love this top a great deal more than I thought I would. I didn’t think I would love the v-neck as I think a low round neck suits me better, but I have seriously changed my mind with this little item!

Big thanks to Kommatia Patterns for such a great experience and for producing such an excellent pattern.

Do let me know if you have tried this pattern or if you plan to. Do you love sewing with jersey as much as I do?

Thanks for reading, take care and I’ll be back soon,

Kathy x

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