OK, so you know I was parallel sewing two things at once: one that I had got to hand-sewing stage for garden sewing (the 1940s Minnado Dress) & the other, Simplicity 2154, for when I was able to hop on my machines. Today is the day of the Simplicity 2154.
This is a reproduction 1960s pattern which has a blouse (sleeveless with bow) – to be looked at this post, as well as a pencil skirt, cardigan for knit fabric and a cute jacket also.
I would like to try the cardigan when I have some suitable fabric, but it was always the blouse that caught my eye.
When I went to Birmingham Rag Market last time I bought some poly chiffon with turquoise polka dots on it & in my mind I was going to experiment using different seams for this blouse on account of the chiffon. In my serger book it had said that rolled hems can be used as seams for fine fabrics & I was thinking I could try that out. Or French seams. Unfortunately the way this is constructed does not allow for French seams & rolled hems would also be problematic.
Both back & front have central seams with deliberate breaks/ gaps in them. The front has a “window” in the centre front seam to attach the bow. The centre back has a top button closure. Neither of these would work with the seam finishes I was contemplating. I ended up using a normal open seam & serging it. The fabric is transparent to a point & you can see the seams through from the front, but it’s not too bad.
So, what else about this pattern? The fit is pretty perfect on me I think – shaping & dart placement did not need adjustment. It has a side zip & I did my usual lapped zip. Now I call it usual because it is the only kind of zip insertion that I knew how to do for years & years & years. When I came to do a central zip I was nervous let me tell you! This was how my Mum taught me, & I had no idea that it was a biggee for some people. Now, there is something that I have been taught that I have not yet seen in a few of the online tutorials, so in a later post I am going to share “Lapped zips like-a my mamma used to make” .
What else do you want to know about the pattern? The collar is easy to prepare & all the facings are self bias. Interestingly in the instructions, it explicitly stated that you could serge or straight stitch the bias facings onto the edges. If serged, it meant that you did not have to clip the curves. Neat eh? That’s what I did.
Now I suppose the biggest misunderstanding that I guess a lot of people will have with this pattern is that the bow is fixed … it is not a self-tie bow. You stitch it on & it stays there like that. I’ll have to see how it survives the wash, but being polyester based I think it will be OK. One thing, it doesn’t seem to flop like the pattern illustration suggests it will.
This is officially a cute pattern. I am looking forward to wearing this particular version with my red cigarette pants, my red linen Ginger skirt, my teal skirt, & so many other things. In fact I have scheduled this post to publish whilst I am in Manchester for a sunny weekend & I will be wearing it – yay! We are going to see Morrissey, my hero, in his home town (or city rather). What an adventure It’s our summer holiday
Will I make it to Abakhan? Not sure……no, really, I am not sure!!