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All About the Flounce – Simplicity 2554

Flounce of Simplicity 2554 tease

After being inspired by the lush florals of spring, I paired a two yard cut of a  nicely draping floral cotton lawn fabric with a pattern I won, Simplicity 2554. I didn’t realize until I looked it up that it’s been two years already!  I set out to make view F, the pink top with the flounce, except that I was substituting the flounce from view E (the one on the top left of the pattern envelope) which  is shorter in the front.

Cotton Lawn Floral and Simplicity 2554

First I did a mock-up to see how the pattern fit.  I made a size 14 which fit well except for being tight and pulling across the bust.  The old fabric I used for the mock-up was only 36 inches, so I didn’t have enough fabric to try out the flounce.   This was just as well because the fabric is stiffer than the lawn so would lack the drape for the flounce.

The arm and neck facings are cut on the bias, but are a little different than bias strips.  The armhole facing is folded in half, and turned to the inside.  The neck strip has one edge folded in, then it’s turned to the inside and stitched on the outside catching the other side at the same time.  Unlike other bias strips I’ve put on, the pattern states to cut these to a particular size, seam, and fit to the openings.  I struggled to get them to match, first making the neckline too loose, and then so tight that it pulled the armholes in.  I decided to scrap that method for the second version to save myself the aggravation.

For the blue floral lawn version I added 1/2 inch to each front side piece just in the bust area between the two notches, and a little more length.

There are 3 panels on both back and front with the seam lines forming a slight A shape, and gathering of the front center panel.  This is a type of princess seam, but doesn’t go directly over the bust. The flounce doesn’t go all the way around; it’s sewn into the princess seams.

Simplicity 2554 View E flounce

How is this going to turn out?  The flounce pieces are like having a  little circle skirt on each shoulder!  To magnify the romantic look even more, I added a narrow lace to accentuate the flounce.  I had the lace, and it seemed a perfect use for it.  I hand sewed the lace, covering the hem stitching.

I sewed the front two seams with a narrow seam allowance and the back center seams with a wide 5/8 inch allowance as I have a small back.

I basted the seams and then waited a few days to consider if I wanted to try to take out some of the flounciness of the flounce.  I was afraid it might be clown-like or just “too much”.  However, I decided that with the floral, the flounce, and the lace this was a dramatic,  romantic look, and to not water it down, and to just go all in.

Simplicity 2554 Lace edged flounce

Simplicity 2554 modified view F

Back to my mock-up: I almost called this post “a tale of two florals”.  Pictured below is the old fabric from TG&Y that my mother bought either in the 1960’s or early 1970’s.

TG&Y tulip fabric 36 in wide

Yes, I made a first blouse, and this version is growing on me.  I’ll wear it with shorts this summer.

Simplicity 2554 view F mock-up


Two floral blouses: one from very old, inherited fabric in a warm color, the other in a cool color from one of the newest fabrics in my stash. One basic, one embellished. Both adding some prettiness to my spring and summer wardrobe.

I’m a Winner!

Who doesn’t like the excitement of winning something for free?  I remember as a young child my mother used to call in to radio contests and won several times.  I love sewing blog contests, and have entered many times before.  Well, it’s finally paid off, as I have  had the pleasure of winning not one, not two, but six patterns from the generous and talented sewist, Samina,  of “Sew Everything Blog”.  Thank you, Samina, I love them all, but want to explore my thoughts on two: Simplicity 2927, a Fashion Runway pattern, and Simplicity 2554.

I have a limited collection of patterns, and have never looked at a Project Runway pattern before.  They have a feature with fashion illustrations called a croquis.

CroquisBesides the usual line drawings, you can dress up the model in different variations of an outfit like playing with a paper doll.

Croquis 2927I’ve never done any fashion drawing.  When I look at the line drawings of a pattern I usually know right away which view(s) I would be interested in wearing.

Simplicity 2927 line drawing

Simplicity 2927, pictured above, has a interesting shape with seams curving into the pocket area.  I like the peephole neckline with the button.  I try to avoid tops with a zipper, which this pattern has, but with a functional button maybe I could omit the zipper.  I notice quite a few patterns for tops have zippers, while none of my ready to wear ones do.  They either have buttons or are put on over the head. On looking at the makes of this pattern on Google, I saw several versions with piping.




Let’s take a  look at the line drawings for Simplicity 2554, pictured above. I would make view D with modified, streamlined short sleeves, and E without the sleeves, so it would be like F but with the short ruffle  instead of the ruffle coming down over the bust.  I looked on Google images for the pattern number and mostly saw makes of view F.  I think the elongated ruffle would be too much on me, but I suppose it depends on how fluid the fabric is.  This pattern has some views meant for knits and some for wovens which would be confusing, except that Samina already wrote on the envelope whether the view was for a woven or knit.  I love notes on second hand patterns! View F was designed for wovens but I saw many makes of F in a knit.

What do you first do when looking at a pattern?  Do you use Pattern Review or just Google them for the photos like I did?  Writing this, and trying to think of various options, caused me to try Flickr which also yielded good results.