Cynthia Rowley for Simplicity 1371

IMG_3911I used this pattern to make my first ever pair of shorts and I love them!

I used grid print crepe fabric from Remnant Kings to make the high waisted shorts in view D, inspired by a pair I saw in Topshop. I got two metres of the stuff and managed to get a shift dress and these shorts out of it – well impressed!

I’ve always avoided trousers and shorts, thinking they’d never fit right or be too difficult, but these were pretty easy to make and are a great fit.

I’d definitely recommend this pattern for anyone who, like me, wants to just have a go at making shorts. The high-waisted shape with the pleats at the front and darts at the back is really flattering, I think anyway! Just a warning though, they are really high waisted. I love that about them as I have a fair few cropped tops that will go great with them and my quite a long torso!

The instructions for this pattern are so clear and detailed, which I was so grateful for because I could not work out which pieces went together how to make them! I didn’t need to alter it at all either – although to be fair I wouldn’t know how yet!

I’m really pleased with how these turned out. I’d definitely make them again.

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Next I’m going to have a go at making the cropped top, view A, minus the ruffles! It’s so similar to tops I’ve seen in Topshop and River Island, but I’m going to make my own unique version.

New Look Pattern 6143

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 I LOVE this pattern.

As you can see, I’ve made it a lot. Definitely got my money’s worth out of this one!

This pattern is so easy to make and such a great shape. As always with New Look patterns the instructions are clear and easy to follow. I’d highly recommend this for anyone, beginner or not, as it makes such a nice dress!

  I’ve made it in polycotton (the pink flowery print), jersey (the last two photos) and polyester crepe (the first dress). Although it did work in the jersey fabric it was better in the other two non-stretch materials.

I’ve made both versions, with and without sleeves, and dresses for casual, going out and work wear. This pattern is so versatile!

It features two lots of darts at the bust which makes the bodice fitted, and box pleats in the skirt. There is a zip down the back that you choose to be invisible or just normal, so it’s a really simple but effective pattern.

I’m not quite done with it yet – I’d like to try view E, the sleeveless variation with a sheer panel too. Probably won’t bother with the tie belt though as its a bit too fussy for my taste.