As soon as Simplicity released their fall patterns I knew I wanted to make Simplicity 8749 by Mimi G. This fall I’ve decided to make more separates. I’m always in need of tops and pants because I default to dresses. Additionally, I have also wanted to tackle a blazer for a while now and this oversized blazer seemed like a good place to start.
Simplicity recommends gaberdine, stretch woven, ponte or wool types and I selected this red wool gabardine with a small lycra content. When this fabric arrived I couldn’t stop caressing it, it has such a nice hand, a wool like feel, the perfect amount of stretch and this shade of red is everything. Unfortunately this fabric is sold out but this light tan gabardine is similar. If you prefer non-stretch I also like the color of this olive khaki worsted wool.
Other than tackling those firsts, nothing was tricky about the blazer. The sleeves are a tad tight around the bicep, but that is becoming an issue with most patterns for me. I also choose to line it with a stretch satin instead of a traditional lining so it is a tad heavier that most blazers. I did complain a time or two that there were too many pieces while cutting out the fabric, lining and interfacing, but it was definitely worth it. I can’t tell you how I’m proud I am of this suit! I truly wish I had a holiday event to attend so that I could pair this suit with a velvet top or bodysuit.
Time really flies! Can you believe the holiday season is already here! I hope you had a fun, filling Thanksgiving with family and friends!
Pattern: Simplicity 8749
Pattern Description: Transition from day to night in ease with this polished look for Misses and Women from Mimi G Style. The wool coat comes in two lengths and features notched lapels and flap pockets, and the straight-leg pants have a zipper and one-hook closure.
Sizing: 10-18 ,20W-28w I sewed a 18 pant (graded to a 20W waist) and a 18 blazer
Difficulty: 3/intermediate pants – 4/advanced blazer
Does it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope? Yes
Were the instructions easy to follow? I didn’t use them, I followed the sewalong videos.
Likes: The boyfriend blazer look, the ankle slits on the slacks
Dislikes: None except yall know how I feel about patterns with more than 3-5 pieces lol
Pattern alterations or any design changes made: I graded up about a 1/2″ on each side of the pants from the hip to the waist.
Would I sew it again? Maybe. I need to tweak the fit of the pants below the knee and possible shorten the front rise. I love the blazer, but I don’t see myself making one right away. I need some quick knit projects first.
Would I recommend it to others? Definitely, I’m very proud of myself for making a suit!
Conclusion: Great staple pattern for an advanced sewist and a great challenging pattern for an intermediate sewist.