November 30, 2014 by Janna Roznos
Back when patterns were on sale at JoAnn’s – Wait? What am I saying? Aren’t there always some patterns on sale at JoAnns?
I purchased these two Simplicity patterns for two reasons: 1) they are both for knits and I want to improve my knit sewing skills and 2) they were on sale $1.00 each.
This Simplicity pattern no. 1255 is relatively easy. The pants and skirt have an elastic waistband and although the top has a back zipper I just sewed –actually serged- it without the zipper and it fits fine.
The pattern – at least for the top, is nicely drafted (everything fit together) and I serged this top in an evening. So it is very quick to make. I think it took longer to lay out the fabric and cut it then it did to serge the garment.
I used a four thread serge stitch on my machine, which worked fine with this heavy knit fabric.
The fabric I purchased at Michael Levine’s Loft (in Los Angeles) some time ago and since they sell the fabric by the pound (vs. the yard) I think I ended up with over six yards of this fabric, so don’t be surprised if a few more garments pop up in this fabric.
Besides omitting the back zipper, the other change I made was to ignore the side slits. I just serged the side seams to the bottom and then turned up the bottom hem at 1”. Other than that, the pattern is what came from the envelope.
I used the coverstitch on the hems (bottom, sleeve and around the neck) and since I used black thread it really can’t be seen too well – thank goodness, otherwise all my coverstitch mistakes would be screaming off the garment!
Would I make this again? Yes. Would I recommend this pattern? Yes. It’s a great top.
And here is the gratuitous picture with my very old and very sick cat.