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Simplicity outfit 3688


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Women’s or Plus Size Blouse, Skirt, trousers & Lined Jacket: Retro 1940’s


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Cottons / Chambray / Lawn / Quilting, Rayon / Viscose / Crepe, Linen, Wools / Suiting


10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 26, 28

Sewing level


Make time

All weekend or longer

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  1. Juska

    This is like a mini capsule wardrobe for the 1940s. You’ll get four coordinating patterns: a blouse, a jacket, an A-line skirt and a pair of wide legged trousers. I have made the trousers and the skirt.

    There are two size ranges AA: 10 to 18 and, BB 20 to 28. In the pattern envelope image the clothes seem to have a bit too much ease. In reality, this pattern doesn’t have any ease at all. In order to fit into your garments, prepare to go up a size or two from your usual Simplicity size! The pattern size chart is accurate.

    The trouser and skirt patterns are super simple and easy to make. To be honest, I did not even need any instructions. These are very beginner friendly projects! I usually make sizes 8 or 10, but I made the skirt in size 14 and it fits. With the trousers I made the size 10 legs and size 12 waist. The waist is a bit tight so the next time I’ll go with size 14 waist.

    Both the patterns suit best for woven fabrics with some drape. I have no idea what my trouser fabric is, since it is from a factory remnant pile. For the skirt I used 100 % wool. I lined the skirt, since the wool would have been too scratchy without.

    I used an invisible zipper instead of a regular one and I shortened the skirt for about an inch.

    I like the 1940s style a lot. I also like the simplicity (pun not intended) of the patterns. They are good basics that you can combine with more flamboyant tops. And of course you could add pockets and other embellishments if you wanted. The fit of the trousers was very good, except the waistband that is easily remedied.

    So, to conclude, this is a good set of patterns if you like 1940s style. For more information on my projects go and check my blog here.

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