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