Sewing and textiles with Ann
As a free pattern with Love Sewing magazine, this pattern is good value, but I would not want to pay £10 for it. I’m afraid that yet again I was not impressed by Simple Sew, and would not recommend them for a beginner because they are so badly produced.
Just in case you love the result and want to rush out to buy your fabric before you have finished reading the blog – DON’T. The fabric requirement stated is far too much….. So much that I managed to make this out of the left overs, and will blog separately.
For both 115cm and 150cm wide fabric the recommendation is 2.4m. My fabric is 140cm wide and at its shortest I had 1m left. So I got it out of 1.4m. So pleased that I didn’t buy super expensive material. The fabric is cotton poplin from Guthrie Ghani
What else did I find wrong with the pattern? I made a list…………
So if I really don’t like Simple Sew patterns, why did I make this?
I made it because I wanted to practice shirring. I don’t recall ever having used shirring elastic before, even in the billowy, floaty ’70s. Actually, it was easy. I had a brief discussion about it with the girls in Guthrie Ghani, as you do, and then ‘just did it’. I wound the bobbin by hand, and slotted it easily into my top loading bobbins case. I’m told its easier with a top loading bobbin. Then I tested, and was really pleased. So then I tested a parallel line, and it was quite straight forward and looked great.
The hardest part was marking the fabric on the right side ready to stitch. I used pink chalk, and it was quite hard to see the lines. The second line was somewhat easier, in as much as you can use the first stitch line as a guide. I wasn’t absolutely sure how to anchor the stitching, concluding the stitching backwards was probably not a good solution. I stitched 3 times over when I did the sleeve seams, and then tied the thread and elastic with knots at the ends. Hopefully that will be sufficient to keep the shirring elastic in place.
The back is finished with a rouleaux loop, and a self covered button. I love self covered buttons, and this blog is littered with pictures of my creations – so here is another!
You may have guessed that I probably wont make the skirt and trousers from the pattern, but I don’t have all that many ‘bottoms’ to wear with this fabric. A liking for patterned fabric can limit ‘match-ability’. My beige skirt and black skirts will have to do the job.