Simplicity 8175 Pencil Skirt, Simplicity 8014 Button Up Shirt and a Sew Over It Pussy Bow Blouse

Simplicity 8175 skirt worn with Simplicity 8014 shirt version

Hi Everyone,

Happy New Years Eve Eve 🙂 This is going to be a very brief post to share a few items I have made recently using patterns I have previously sewn. Without further ado…

Simplicity 8175 skirt worn with Simplicity 8014 shirt version
Simplicity 8175 skirt worn with Simplicity 8014 shirt version

This skirt was made using Simplicity 8175. You can see my first version of that skirt here. This time round I made the following changes:

  • I did a 0.5 inch full tummy adjustment
  • I did a 0.25 inch sway back adjustment
  • I lengthened the skirt by 1.5 inches
Simplicity 8175 skirt worn with Simplicity 8014 shirt version

The fabric for this version came from Fabworks Online, and is a stretch wool suiting (now sold out). I prewashed this fabric and it is very comfortable to wear.

Simplicity 8175 skirt worn with Simplicity 8014 shirt version

The shirt was made using my TNT go-to easy-to-sew shirt pattern, Simplicity 8014 (modified). You can see my last version of this shirt here. The fabric is a fabulous printed viscose twill featuring cats and chains, and was purchased from Patterns and Plains. Couple of things you need to note about this fabric if you do purchase it: 1. I think it has a subtle directional print. You might not realise it at first, the cats seem fairly random, but actually, the majority of cats are orientated a particular way so take care when cutting. 2. There is an obvious wrong side with this fabric, so bear that in mind with pattern choice. But, overall, I love this shirt and I am happy to have it in my wardrobe.

Simplicity 8014 shirt version

And finally, I wanted a glam but easy to wear top for the festive season, and came across some metallic coated rayon on eBay. I will be honest, this fabric was actually much bolder when bought, but a prewash resulted in a much more toned down fabric. Still blingy enough, but I am not sure how much this fabric can stand up to. But it has already been worn several times and it was a great last minute addition to my wardrobe.

Sew Over It pussy bow blouse in metallic gold coated rayon

I used the Sew Over It pussy bow blouse, which I have made 3 times before, (see here for the last version). Each time I make this blouse I seem to tweak it, and this time I made the following changes:

  • Widened neck collar band/ tie by 1.5 inches
  • Widened cuff by 1.5 inches and cut 4, rather than 2, and sewed 2 together to make the cuff
  • Added three small buttons to the cuff
  • Did a 1 inch full arm adjustment
Sew Over It pussy bow blouse in metallic gold coated rayon
Sew Over It pussy bow blouse in metallic gold coated rayon

I wish all of my lovely readers and followers a happy New Year. This year threw me a curved ball and I do think sewing played a part in helping to recover from that. I am grateful to be back to normal and looking forward to see what the next decade will bring.

See you soon! x

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By day I work in the exciting world of pharmaceutical regulatory affairs, registering medicines (!), but by night I turn in to a sewing diva, making all manner of clothes in my beautiful sewing space (which you can tour using the link at the top of this blog). I love how sewing and sewing clothes that fit my curvy body continually challenges me. I enjoy working with all different types of fabric, and whilst I don't like to put restrictions on myself and say I won't buy RTW, the truth is that I probably rarely do buy it, preferring the fit of my own me-made clothes. I love to use natural fibres where ever possible and colourful coats are an obsession of mine! Sewing is both my addiction and my therapy. You can contact me at sewmanju@yahoo.co.uk

5 thoughts on “Simplicity 8175 Pencil Skirt, Simplicity 8014 Button Up Shirt and a Sew Over It Pussy Bow Blouse

  1. I love the gold pussy bow blouse on you. It looks the perfect dressy but comfortable festive wear.

    Happy new year to you xx

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