Simplicity 8554 has been on my to-sew list since the beginning of spring, and I finally got it made up this week. This is a really great smart-casual piece to add to my wardrobe going into autumn, with a laid back, relaxed vibe to it. I made mine in a grey cupro from Rainbow Fabrics. It feels very light to wear and is breathable (being made from cellulose pulp, similar to viscose/ rayon), although it doesn’t take a press to well, and I was glad to have my walking foot on hand to handle sewing this particular fabric.
Aside from dealing with the sewing of the cupro, the pattern itself is an easy one, well drafted and I made hardly any adjustments to it at all. It is unlined, so bear that in mind with your seam finishes. I went for binding the front and back facings, and overlocking the armscyes/ sleeves/ side seams and pockets.
The only other thing to consider is that if, like me, you make the view with the storm flaps, the pattern suggests that you should self line them (with self fabric). Due to fabric limitations, I lined mine with the same viscose lining that I used to make the bias binding from. I don’t mind the occasional flash of pink, but if I had had a choice, I would have bought more fabric.
Sized for miss and miss petite, easy to sew soft trench and jacket are the perfect layering pieces. Length options include short, mid and long with side slits with optional pockets and ties. Simplicity sewing pattern.
I made view B.
6 – 22
I cut a size 18 through the bust and shoulders and graded out over the hips.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I love the whole unstructured, casual, slouchy vibe. Plus points for having separate upper and under collar pieces, although I probably should have cut the under collar in two pieces, on the bias. I didn’t, and it’s fine. Nothing to dislike, although there is an error at step 27 – don’t fold the belt in half.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
- I cut view B and added 5 and 3/4 inches to the length to get a more midi length (FYI I am 5’3″)
- I shortened the sleeves by 2 inches
- I did a 1 inch full arm adjustment
- I didn’t have sufficient fabric to cut self lining for the storm flaps so used a viscose lining I had in my stash. I also used the same lining to make the binding for the facings. 3 metres of binding should be adequate to do the binding for this project
- This coat is unlined and I used a combination of bias tape to finish the facing edges and my overlocker on the armscyes/ sleeves/ side seams and pockets. Because of this, I didn’t clip into the back seam allowances at the ends of the pockets as the instructions describe. It’s still fine.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I don’t know if I would sew again, just because I don’t need another one of these in my wardrobe. I do recommend.
Easy to sew, fun to wear and a great transitional piece.
See you soon!