New outfit: Simplicity 1072 pencil skirt and sweater

Hello from the Californian desert! I’m on holiday with the family and visiting my father-in-law, who lives out in snake and scorpion territory. Very exciting! It was hard to get great light for these pics with all the holiday goings-on, but I managed to snap a few. And I’ve got to tell you it is so nice when you make something that you really like and know you are going to wear non-stop. I can usually find something to like in most of my makes, even if it’s just the learning process for some of them, but there’s nothing like using a pattern and thinking – aha! – that is my perfect t-shirt/skirt/shorts/crotchless bodysuit/whatever.

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This is almost the perfect pattern and comes at a very good time, since the Sewcialists are still running the November TNT pattern month. I think I may have found a TNT! Yeehoo! Simplicity 1072 is a knit-based set of garments comprising a pencil skirt, raglan sweater with a flattering contrast cut-out and a pair of casual trousers. I was initially attracted by the shape of the sweater, and the sequins (ooooh, sparklyyyy). It reminded me of the Grainline Linden (spoiler: it is really, really similar to the Linden), but with the interesting front detail. The skirt looked solid, but I didn’t think about it too hard and figured I’d run one up to match if I had time.

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I guess you can see where this is going: I LOVE the skirt. It can be made in under an hour (the jumper maybe double that – it’s a fast pattern), is very simple, but it is definitely the best knit skirt pattern I have yet come across. I admit I haven’t tried too many, but this has the perfect drafting and proportions for my taste. It’s simple, yes, but since when is simplicity a bad thing? Not in this case. Simplicity (1074) is a good thing. A very good thing.

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The reason I like it is because it’s a flattering, slightly wiggle skirt-ish pencil shape, but it doesn’t cling to all your lumps and bumps in a distressing bag-of-potatoes way. I purposely chose to make this in a French terry, albeit a fairly thin one, to lessen the cling factor further, and it worked rather well.

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The instructions are simple, and I used a serger throughout. There were a couple of nice little touches. One was to use fusible tape to hold down the seam allowance in the channel where you thread the elastic. I liked that, because the elastic can get all caught up in there. The waistband is finished with a little handstitching. I can be lazy about that, but I did it this time and of course it only took a minute and looked a lot nicer. I only used a 3/4″ hem because I wanted to retain that pencil skirt length. I’m around 5’6″ for reference.

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The sweater, meanwhile, is a raglan top, so similar to the Linden, but my main comment is that is runs rather large. I used my “normal” size 20 in Big 4 pattern and I ended up taking 1/2″ out of each seam along the sleeves and armpit area. So I guess that’s two inches in total? I could definitely have taken more since, as you can see, it’s still a very slouchy sweater, but that’s what I wanted in this case. I would definitely go down a few sizes for a more fitted look.

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The neckline is much more open on me than it is on the pattern packet model. I noticed this on versions sewn by other sewists too. I like a wide neckline personally, but if you don’t, it’s worth checking. The neckline binding fit beautifully and I topstitched it down, but it definitely isn’t my finest work. I’m not sure why, but it was pretty wavy on this occasion. No big deal, but I guess I need more practice. One big plus for this sweater is, naturally, the inverse diamond shape on the front. It’s results in a flattering silhouette and also only needs a very small piece of fabric, so it’s great for using those last awkward pieces of fabric that you love, but don’t know what to do with.

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Both these garments came together quickly and without any problems. Everything fit together well. It’s funny, because this was a kind of a “throwaway” pattern that I tacked onto my #makenine plans as a basic, since I knew I needed some sort of rudimentary skirt combo – and it’s turned out to be one of my favourite makes so far this year. Typical, huh? I am most definitely going to whip up a few more skirts. I can see how the pattern would be easily adapted to make a slightly looser or shorter/longer skirt too. I like the sweater shape as well, and would make it again after working on the size a little. Perhaps I’ll compare the Linden to it and go from there, since I feel the sizing on the Linden is superior.

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I haven’t thought about making the casual trousers so far, but given how these turned out, maybe I’ll keep them in mind for a future make? A recommended pattern and a nice surprise! πŸ™‚

 

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