Monday, August 13, 2018

Is it just too Simple - icity?


I have two  evening weddings to attend this fall. I am considering something along these lines.

Here is another version I like:


What I really like about these two outfits are the tops. I cannot find anything in patterns with the extended scooped out neckline like the red one above. Simplicity has a wonderful possibility in  Simp 8380 which could easily be worked up into a top with the scarf effect. I love the forgiving value of that scarf on the shoulder!



There are lots of versions online of this look. I think it is so feminine and very "Amal" and of the moment. These skirts have been a favorite of mine for many years, featuring my waist and hiding those wide hipbones and booty. I think I can work this. Here's another:


What I really want to talk about here is Simplicity Patterns. Ah, the name, Simplicity, Simple, right? I really don't think so. In my very young sewing days, when I was far more observant than skilled, I decided I didn't like them. Just     too   simple.     I really think they were back then. I can remembert my mom saying "We'll start you off with Simplicity patterns" and it sort of stuck. By fifteen I was knocking out the Vogues and criticizing the Simps. My biggest complaint which some may remember and which I thought at the time was just horrible, is that every pattern had two darts at the back shoulder seam. I would see those darts on the backs of people I knew and tell myself, "that's a Simplicty. Look at those two darts." Rarely did the Vogues have them. What impresses us in our teens, who can explain and what little did I know about shaping?

Fast forward and today I feel totally differently. I know we all have our favorite pattern companies and I would probably still say Vogue for numerous reasons. But, time and time again when I am searching for a design still nascent in my head, I start my search with Vogue, then McC, then Butt, and lastly Simp. Every stinkin' time exactly what I am look for pops up quickly in Simplicity. And the really interesting thing is that it is almost always a Cynthia Rowley design, my favorite designer.


This will easily make my envisioned top with the scarf on the shoulder. I will lower the darts obviously, and probably build a bra into the lining. I hate strapless bras, but we will work it all out. Funny how I still can't get over my dart issues with this company but keep finding just the right styles for five foot tall me and in my favorite designer. I wonder if   Rowley is petite?...Bunny


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  1. Hi Bunny!
    Love the skirt; but have you seen the new Simplicity 8743 skirt?

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    1. I haven't and when I google it nothing came up but a long dress and a top. I'll search a bit more.

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  2. Bunny I can't wait to see this finished!

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    1. Thanks, Fay and thanks also to MLGA for the suggestion. I'll go hunting for that new skirt pattern.

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  3. Looking forward to what you will make. Lovely inspiration.
    I confess to not even look at Simplicity patterns, somehow they're not on my radar. Will have something to do with being European.

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    1. They are often the last place I look to but often have the solution.

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  4. According to one rather odd online source, Cynthia Rowley is 5ft7. But clearly she understands style for us smaller folks. That top photo is a winner, looking forward to seeing your take on it.

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    1. I agree. I also find when out shopping I will grab something in the store I really like, go try it on and it is very often a Cynthia Rowley. She just has my vibe.

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  5. I love seeing these ideas...I just wish I had a wedding coming so I could make one for myself!

    Keep us posted, Bunny, and may I say it is so nice to have you back.

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    1. Thanks Beth. It's good to be back. Where could I play dress up without these occasional weddings?

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  6. Looking forward to seeing this...wish I still had a small waist :(

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    1. Mine's not as small as it used to be but I can still do this silhouette. Now if only I could find my lowering apex!

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  7. What about Vintage Vogue 1094 as a starting place for the off-the-shoulder scooped out neckline? The drawing doesn't look exactly the same but some of the photographed dresses look quite similar. At least it would be a place to begin. https://voguepatterns.mccall.com/patterns/misses/dresses?page=10

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    1. That's a great suggestion. I think at this point I am choosing the one shoulder scarf effect. I like the camouflage effect of that scarf but the feminine hint of the one shoulder. I really appreciate your suggestion. Somehow I missed that one.

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  8. I love all of these! I didn't think I'd get into one shoulder or the flounce, but these make me change my mind!

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  9. Love the classic feel and yet a bit sexy. If you have the arms...then you should work them, Bunny! But be careful, all eyes will be on you and not the bride!!!

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