simplicity 1364

In a Jiffy

Disclaimer: I’m using a new photo editing software. If my pics are funny colors, I apologize. We’re still getting to know each other.

I know repeatedly I’ve said that I’m stash busting this year. My goal was to only buy fabric for the #sewmystyle projects.  I did so good until a few weeks ago. I needed denim for flares that are listed on my #2017makenine. I may have bought a bit of other fabric while I was at it.  One of those fabric was a blue sweater knit. I needed a plain blue top to go with a skirt I made a few years back. (unclogged and my first sew on my serger) I have a long sleeve sweater but it’s not appropriate for summer.

I decided to revisit a pattern that created a fail in a previous life. Simplicity 1364 which is a vintage Jiffy pattern. I did a lot of measuring before deciding on make a size 10 and grade to a 12. I really should have made an 8 and grade to a 10. That’s pretty typical for me. I’ll explain why in a bit.


When they advertise “jiffy” damn do they mean it! It has a front, back and facing for the neck.  There are a couple darts on the front but other than that I used my serger for everything. When you can park in front of one machine, everything goes so fast! Granted there was some top stitching. Not sure if that was part of the instructions or not. I didn’t actually read them at all. When you have three whole pieces, are instructions really necessary? I believe not!


As I mentioned, I cut a 10. I shouldn’t have. The knit is forgiving so I could afford to go smaller. And honestly, if I would have flashed back to my previous version, I would have remember that it’s huge on me. Oh well. I ran the top through the serger to shave off the sides a bit more. I also added a small band at the bottom. I didn’t want the bottom to continuously try to roll up which light weight knits tend to want to do. I cut a 3″ wide rectangle the length of the shirt’s bottom circumference. I folded that guy in a half and sergered it on. I did topstitch the sewn edge to the body of the top. I’m determined that there shall be no roll! After trying it on with my skirt, I could have left off the band and turned up some of the length. It does seem a little long.


I think it turned out well. The neckline is a boat neck and I prefer a crew style but whatever. It works! It’s plain and looks cute with my skirt. Everything I was aiming for.


It also looks pretty good with jeans too.  I may need to make more of these.  Pieces that I can wear to work and still want to wear on the weekends are a must. That post went by in a Jiffy too.


Fail February

This idea came from a fellow sewing blogger. So many of us tend to not share our fails. Not sure if we’re embarrassed or simply think you won’t care to see it. Well February will now become our time to share those fails!

My fail dates back to July of 2015. It was my last make before I packed up my machines to move. It should have been a joyful moment and a teary goodbye to the place where I fully embraced sewing and made it a large part of my life. Instead it was riddled with “what the hell is going on?” “I did what the instructions said to!” “This looks like shiiiittttt!” So maybe it was tearful but for the wrong reasons.

I decided to tackle an easy vintage reprint pattern Simplicity 1364 view b. I still had left over fabric from the Butterfly Tank Tutorial post. It was just enough to complete this shirt pattern. One change I made was no zipper or hook and eye. The neck line is big enough to forgoe it. Why tackle a zipper when you don’t have to do it?

Fail Shoulder
Little pointy hands of shame!

Everything was going well. There’s so few pattern pieces that it sews up quick. I made bias tape from the butterfly fabric. This could have been the tipping point. The fabric is stiff and decently thick. It should not be used for bias tape. I jacked up the top stitching too. I think I had the thread tension set too tight.

Fail Neck
As if that isn’t enough for a fail, look at the neck. This stupid piece isn’t top stitched down. It’s under stitched. Again I blame the fabric. If it wasn’t so stiff it wouldn’t keep trying to creep up and out.

Full Shirt
That’s it. That’s my horrible fail. I’m so ashamed! I look forward to my yearly soul cleansing. Thanks Rachel from Sew Red-y!