Hello everyone,

I’m Simona and I am back on Minerva Crafts blogger network with a new outfit.

For this month I chose to make two garments, by using Simplicity 8655 which is part of the Mimi G Style collection, in part because they are super easy to make. For them I chose this Lady McElroy Stretch Denim Fabric in grey for the trousers and butterfly print on black background polyester Satin Fabric for the top.

For the top I cut a straight size 12. Because I wanted the sleeves to be a little longer on me that on Mimi G, I did not shorten them. Also, the fabric, polyester sateen is not the easiest to work with, so I decided to construct it on the overlocker. As a result of this, I no longer needed to use bias tape to finish the edge of the back neckline. I thread-traced the stitching line on the neckline and for the hems.

I finished the raw edges of the fabric with a 3 thread narrow stitch on my overlocker/serger and for the hems a 3 thread narrow rolled hem.

For the trousers I cut a size 12 as well. However, because I did not want another skinny pair of trousers or a wide leg one, I modified the trouser leg on the skinny pant by making it about 5 cm wider at the bottom. The construction was fairly easy. I did not make the pin tuck as suggested on the centre of the front/back legs. As I had a little fabric left over, I also made myself a little IDA clutch to go with my outfit.

I prefer the fit on the top. It’s good to use as a top layer on a summer night (it made it’s way into my suitcase when I went to Mexico).

I find that the crotch on the trousers is too long for me, the front has at least 2 cm too much, which make me not like this particular pair too much. With my next pair I’ll need to work on shortening the crotch, taking more at the front than in the back. For now I’ll opt to wear this pair with tops that are at least with a hip hem.

Sewing Summary:

Pattern: Simplicity 8655 Mimi G Style Pattern: high-waisted pants with optional slim or bell bottom. Pattern also includes a summer-ready tie front blouse.

Sizing: UK/US: 6- 14, 16-24 or European 32-40, 42-50

Fabric: 1.6 m Lady McElroy Stretch Denim for the trousers, 1m Polyester Satin for the top.

Notions: requires 9”(23cm) invisible zipper,

Modifications: I cut a size 12 for the top and the trousers. I fished the hems and neckline on the overlocker/serger, cutting off the excess when I made the rolled hem on the overlocker/serger. This eliminated the necessity for bias tape to finish the edge of the neckline. On the trousers I modified the slim leg to be wider did not shorten it as well as cutting the waistband facing on the gross grain (least stretchy part of the fabric) and did not use any interfacing because of this. Also, I left out the tuck that runs though the centre of the leg on both the front and the back.

Fit: ok. They feel a little to large in the hip area and the front crotch is too long for me.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?: Not quite due to me making adjustments to the bottom of the trousers. Top did look like the pattern envelope.

Watch out for:

Make Again?: Yes I want to make the trousers again once I correct the front crotch length. I will also use a different shape for the back pockets as the square shape does not work for me. I’m also considering to add the tuck on the front and the back of the leg.

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Simona @ Sewing Adventures in the Attick