Simplicity 1366

Simplicity 1366 Miss Pippilotta

Simplicity 1366 also known as Cynthia Rowley Pattern, is popular with sewing bloggers. I keep seeing it pop up, with some seamstresses making two, three or even four! Without my fellow Instagram and blogging sewing buddies I would never given the pattern a second glance….


That skirt! Not a skirt I would ever wear. The secret to the success of the  Simplicity 1366 pattern is not the skirt but the top that goes with it. It is slightly cropped, dropped shoulder, boxy t-shirt style that can be made up in just about anything. I didn’t want to miss out on the fun so when the right fabric came along at Tessuti, I knew it was my time to create a 1366.

Fabric:  Nani Iro named Sound Circle. It’s a navy, cotton double gauze and I think is still in stock at Tessuti. One of the features of the fabric are the flicks and specks of colours; like they are painted, along both selvedges. Those selvedges gave me the idea to frame the hem of the bodice and sleeves.


Simplicity 1366 Miss Pippilotta

With the help of the Tessuti staff, I worked out how much fabric I needed to make the top without spending a fortune, I was determined to get those edges! Turned out our measuring and pondering worked; I have only a scrap leftover. From memory, I made this top out of a bit over a metre of fabric. Don’t you love it when the amount turns out just right? Something satisfying that perhaps only sewers can understand.

Alterations: I added 2cm to the length of the bodice. The original pattern is a slightly cropped which I think would work well with draped fabric, but with the double gauze I wanted to be sure I wasn’t flashing my stomach every time I moved. I’m a lot closer to 40 than 30 years old, I’m not sold on crop tops on women over 30, but that’s me. No other alterations needed.

Simplicity 1366 Review Miss Pippilotta

Simplicity 1366 Review Miss PippilottaIt is the middle of winter here in Melbourne, I was quick get these shots, my apologies they are not the greatest of quality. It was about 5 degrees at the time; not summer top weather.

Simplicity 1366 Review Miss Pippilotta

Simplicity 1366 Review Miss Pippilotta

Verdict: Love the Simplicity 1366, I already have plans for more! But I’ll be giving the skirt a miss 😉

Have you made a 1366 too? Check out Rachel’s at Boo Dogg and Me and Groovybaby and Mamma for inspiration.


5 Comment

  1. Chris says:

    That came out fantastic! It’s just the sort of top I wear all the time (like it’s my uniform). LOVE the fabric!
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    1. misspippilotta says:

      Woo-hoo thanks Chris. Hope you give the 1366 a try to. Think it might be my go-to pattern for tops from now on.

  2. Stephanie says:

    You had me at Nani Iro! It turned out great. Haha, yes that skirt is one for the runway not everyday or any day in my life. Thanks for sharing your creation!
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    1. misspippilotta says:

      Thanks Stephanie

  3. Sivonne says:

    I keep staring at that skirt trying to work it out… but this top is gorgeous! I shall have to go get this pattern. Thank you!

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