This spring I went a little wild sewing myself new clothes. They were mostly variations of the same few patterns, or ones I’ve made before.
Since I made so many clothes and have so many pics, I’m going to share them with you over the next four days.
First up is this cute denim skirt. I’d originally bought the hot pink stretch denim to make a pair of crop pants but upon thinking about it decided a) the hot pink was a bit much, and b) a skirt might be nicer.
So I decided to use the wrong side, also known as “the other right side.” Here you can see the original bright pink, along with the inside part of my serged blind hem.
Btw, I’m VERY pleased with my new Brother 1034D Serger/Overlocker. The instruction books are great with all the details for doing different kinds of seams. Earlier this week it did nearly eighty yards of rolled hems, two hours at top speed, with no problem.
I made view D of Simplicity 1887 and am loving it.
Here’s a close up view of the waistband and pocket details. My review of the pattern follows.
Tomorrow I’ll show you a pair of pants made with the same pattern.
Simplicity 1887 Pattern Review
Pattern Description: Pants, Shorts & Skirts with elastic back waist.
Pattern Sizing: I made the 18.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yup.
Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions were fine, although I changed how I inserted the waist so to have a neater inside finish.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like the yoke around the front with the rest of the waist elastic. The comfort of elastic with the nicer look of a smooth finish at the waist front is perfect. And, of course, pockets are awesome.
I didn’t care for the pleats and made mine into darts for a more flattering look. Also, I would never use the front ties. Who needs more lumps in that area of the body?
Fabric Used: A hot pink stretch denim from Stylish Fabrics. I used the lighter pink wrong side as my right side.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: As mentioned, making darts instead of pleats, eliminating the front ties and changing how I did the front band.
After step 10, understitching, press under 5/8-inch along one long edge of waistband, then sew unpressed edge to pants. Carefully pin the pressed edge in place, then stitch in the ditch from the right side to secure the pressed edge to the waist, making sure to leave an opening for inserting elastic. This gives a much neater and less lumpy finish to the waistband.
I also added six inches to the skirt length when I cut it out, but then had to chop some of that off after trying it on.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I HAVE already sewn it again, six more times! I frankenpatterned the pants pocket and waistband details onto a custom drafted pair of pants to make four pairs of crop pants and two pairs of long pants.
Conclusion: This is a great pattern with nice details and a wonderful wardrobe staple.