Simplicity 8389 Pull On Checked Wool Suiting Trousers and Sew Over It Modified V-Neck Pussy Bow Blouse

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Simplicity 8389 checked wool suiting pull on trousers worn with modified Sew Over It pussy bow blouse.

Hi Everyone,

Today I am sharing my review of Simplicity 8389, which I think is one of those patterns which is so easy to dismiss from the envelope, but it is all kinds of good! First let me tell you about the fabric. It is another find from Fabworks, and is actually a wool suiting called Suited and Booted (13m left in stock at time of writing!) This is a light weight suiting with a fairly crisp hand which I prewashed with no problems. It did soften up slightly after washing. Someone on Instagram asked me if I lined these trousers; no, I didn’t. The wool is in no way itchy or stiff. Even though the fit could be improved (see below), these trousers are so comfy, and have been in heavy rotation since they were made. BTW, it was windy the day we snapped these photos 🙂

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Simplicity 8389 checked wool suiting pull on trousers worn with modified Sew Over It pussy bow blouse.

The trousers are pull on trousers. They are elasticated through the back waist and have a flat waistband in front, with pleats. For my next version I would like to use a fabric with perhaps slightly more drape and I think I need to either scoop the front crotch out slightly or due a full tummy adjustment?

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Simplicity 8389 checked wool suiting pull on trousers worn with modified Sew Over It pussy bow blouse.

I did a 2 inch full bottom adjustment and am very pleased with the fit through the back. I ended up shortening these trousers by almost 5 inches (FYI I am 5’3″), but for next time I have altered the paper pattern properly so the ankles should be narrower.

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Simplicity 8389 checked wool suiting pull on trousers worn with modified Sew Over It pussy bow blouse.

Now a quick word about the top. I used the Sew Over It pussy bow blouse pattern (which I have made here and here), and basically just omitted the pussy bow and finished the neckline using a bias facing. I also dropped the bust darts on this version by 1 inch, deepened the V neck by 2 inches, french seamed the centre front seam and added a continuous lapped finish on the sleeve slit openings. I made the top using a viscose georgette from my stash. Lightweight and breathable and easy to throw on over trousers or jeans – my kind of easy, fuss free dressing.

Pattern Review

Pattern Description: 

Easy to sew Women pants with length variations are roomier at the top making them the perfect pant to add to your summer wardrobe now. Pattern includes long pants with a wide or narrow leg, a cropped wide leg pant, and shorts. All views have an elasticized waistband ending at the hip bone and finished off with a flat panel at front where you can add your choice of drawstring cord, tassels or a fabric tie belt.

I made view D.

Pattern Sizing:

6 – 22.

I picked my size according to my hip measurement and found them to be true to size.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Yes.

Were the instructions easy to follow?

Yes.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

I love the comfortable fit. I actually made them because I had seen something similarish from an indie pattern designer on Instagram but their sizing wasn’t very inclusive, so I went for these instead. I love the fact that you can completely change the look of these trousers depending on what kind of fabric you go for. These are easy to sew and wear – no zips or buttons to contend with! Nothing to dislike.

Fabric Used:

A lightweight checked wool suiting from Fabworks.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

  • I did a 2 inch full bottom adjustment.
  • I shortened the back leg length by 0.25 inch at the top of the leg to snug up the back a little.
  • I narrowed the lower leg by a total of 2 inches, taking 1 inch from the front and back outer leg but I have altered my paper pattern so next time I will remove the excess evenly from inner and outer legs.
  • I ended up shortening the legs by 4.75 inches. I have altered the paper pattern properly for next time so the ankle width will be narrower.
  • Also, for next time: I need to either scoop out the front crotch a tad or do a small full tummy adjustment? Not sure.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

I really want to make these again, maybe in something with more drape. Yes, I highly recommend.

Conclusion: 

This pattern would be a good starting point for those who are frightened of full on trousers involving flies and buttons. I love mine!

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Simplicity 8389 checked wool suiting pull on trousers worn with modified Sew Over It pussy bow blouse.

Full disclaimer: Fabworks were generous enough to provide me with this fabric as a gift. I selected the fabric myself (after sampling it first). All opinions and views expressed in this blog post are my very own honest ones.

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I love to shop, but I also love to sew my own clothes, and am currently on a mission to improve my (fairly basic) dressmaking skills. I confess to going into shops and being outraged at the prices of some (not very well made) garments (is it an age thing?) and think "huh, I could make some thing at least as good as that for less" (is it something to do with coming from the Indian subcontinent?) So this blog details my sewing endeavours, both good and bad....I love to nosey through other people's sewing projects....now everyone can get to see mine.

9 thoughts on “Simplicity 8389 Pull On Checked Wool Suiting Trousers and Sew Over It Modified V-Neck Pussy Bow Blouse

  1. I really love pants and skirts that have a flat front waist band with elastic. Thanks for the review because I have somehow missed this Simplicity pattern but I now want it after seeing how good they look on you. Love the top too.

  2. I have been on a mission to make a good fitting pair of pants that are comfy yet nice enough to wear to the office. In my quest, I have come across some of your similar fit issues and I would like to make a suggestion. You mentioned that you made a full-bottom adjustment and from the photos that worked well; however, to go even further, you might want to make a full inner thigh adjustment also. That would allow the fabric to hang straight down between your legs and alleviate the “smiles” on your derriere. Now, that being said, that would mean you might be swimming in upper thigh fabric, so afterward, you may want to remove some from the outside side seams and taper down to the hemline. A great reference for this type of adjustment is from the Singer Sewing Reference Book “The Perfect Fit” which gives detailed instructions and nice, clear, color photos of how-to do this adjustment and many others. Singer also put out a reference book entitled “Sewing Pants That Fit” and that too, has been extremely helpful to me!

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