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Simplicity 1266: Misses' vest with side panels, side front seam pockets and ribbon closure. 

Fabric: Grey polyester suiting

Were the instructions easy to follow: Easy to follow instructions

What I liked particularly about the pattern: My initial like was the ribbon closure.

Design changes:  After basting the garment together, I found the ribbon detail a lil too kitschy for my style and opted for button/buttonholes.  Discarded the front
fabric pieces and went back to the drawing board. With  S1266 front panel pattern pieces in hand, I used B5958 vest pattern front to help true up S1266.  The off-center button placement was inspired by these blazers. 

Pattern alterations: There was excess fabric in the back and added back waist darts (1/4" at the widest part of the darts) for a closer fit as well as darts at the back neckline.  Also omitted the pockets. The garment was fully lined with a stretch silk that I purchased years ago for a dress.

Would you sew it again? This is worth making again.  For version 2.0 I would go down a size and do a round back adjustment.



 Mccalls 6654Semi-fitted or loose-fitting skirts have elasticized waistband and narrow hem.


Fabric: Grey polyester suiting

Were the instructions easy to follow:The instructions are beyond easy.

What I liked particularly about the pattern: The simplicity of the skirt

Design changes:  I used a woven fabric instead of the suggested knit fabric.

Pattern alterations: Cut the back for a center back seam.  Added 1/2" to each piece, inserted back zipper, back slit and made a 4" waist band, interfaced and folded to the inside and fully lined.  My first woven make, I added 1" to front and back, and ended up having to put in front & back darts.  This time around with 1/2" increase, darts were not necessary.

Would you sew it again? This pattern is a true tnt.


Mccalls 6796Close-fitting, pullover tops have collar variations and narrow hem.

Fabric:  print ity knit
What I liked particularly about the pattern: Initially purchased it for the split cowl neck version, then for the turtleneck version.

Design changes: This pattern went from a split cowl neck. then opted for a turtleneck to  wanting a simple long sleeve tee.

Pattern alterations:  Modifications For this particular top I removed an additional 1/4" from the front neckline.

Would you sew it again? Since modifying the pattern, I have made several tops from it.  So its a definite remake.


New Look 6351:  Misses' separates pattern includes 3/4 sleeve knit V-neck top, jacket, and pull-on pants and skirt with drawstring waist.

Fabric: Grey polyester suiting

Were the instructions easy to follow: The instructions were easy.

What I liked particularly about the pattern:  I wanted a simple pair of pant without all the fly front, zipper & zipper shield fuss.

Design changes:  I used my rtw pant to help with the crotch length.  Added elastic only to the back waist band and flat front.

Pattern alterations: Cut a 14, and after comparing to my rtw pant and thankfully I had not cut the crotch line, went with the 12 crotch line and removed 1/8" from the side seams starting at the waist to just below the hips, merging back into the existing stitch line.

Would you sew it again? Oh this pattern is going to get a serious work out.... 

Can I tell you........ I looooooooooooove the pant, they held up well to my 12 hr day.  Honestly, I marveled all day at how well they fit and will be making more.

Until then,

Have a Great Week.


Faye Lewis said…
Can we call this "Vested Interest"? What a wonderfully professional mini wardrobe Sheila!
Alethia said…
I like that Faye, "Vested Interest", lol!
Beautiful job, as always, on your wardrobe pieces! Speaking of wardrobe, are you entering these in the wardrobe contest on PR?
Love the changes you made!
Sheila said…
Thank you Faye. I should have consulted with you on this post name... perfect.
Sheila said…
Thank you Alethia. Sorry, I am not entering the PR contest.
Shelly said…
This is a terrific mini wardrobe Sheila. You'll get so much wear out of all these pieces both together and idividually.
alethia said…
I am sooooo inspired by your mini wardrobe. Fantastic, you did a great job on your wardrobe pieces. The mix and match possibilities is infinite.
Sheila said…
Thank you Shelly. I will definitely make another set which will allow me to fine tune the vest a bit more.
Sheila said…
Thank you Alethia.
freshlysewn said…
This is a fantastic mini wardrobe. I'm going to have to check out that New Look wardrobe pattern!! I like the idea of pull-on pants with a jacket to match.
Sheila said…
Thank you Freshlysewn. Definitely try it. I have a collection of tailored pants and just want to sew no frill pants and this pattern fits the bill.
Penelope White said…
Go Sheila!
Etta Green said…
What an beautiful wardrobe, awesome job!
Definitely trying this pants pattern - looks great and it's got pockets!
Sheila said…
Thank you Penelope.
Sheila said…
Thank you Etta.
Sheila said…
Thanks Sister. If you are looking for a no frill pants pattern, definitely give this pattern a try.
Love these pieces and the way they coordinate!
Sheila said…
Thanks Carolyn.
L said…
I am totally digging your "investments." Hah! You're rockin' it as always!