On my make nine this year I decided to add a few vintage patterns one of which was Simplicity 2154.
I had mad this pattern years ago but didn’t feel like I had the fit right and I never got around to making the bow blouse.
Anyways, I decided that this year I would give it another go.
A Spring Look
I whipped up Simplicity 2154 at the end of April and choose to use spring colors to make the set. I was really inspired by the floral jersey I had in my stash. This fabric almost looks like upholstery fabric but it’s really soft and I thought the floral colors were perfect for spring.
I chose a coordinating solid for the blouse and the skirt. Starting with the skirt I went with a medium tan polyester fabric that had a bit of stretch to it.
The pretty bow blouse, which I was most excited to make, I used a pink cotton lawn fabric. The fabric has little white lines on it but they can only be seen up close. The lines give the pink a softer baby pink look.
While this project was pretty stright forward I did make a few changes to the overall construction.
First I found way too much room in the skirt so I ended up forgoing the side zip and added a back elastic waistband.
The Internet was filled with reviews on the bow blouse and how many found that the side zip was unnecessary. I decided to listen to the reviews and leave out the zip as well. Turns out it didn’t really need it and works perfectly as a pullover top.
In the title of this post, I mentioned a mini-wardrobe, which is exactly what I made using Simplicity 2154 as the base. As it turned out I had some leftover floral jersey from the cardigan and quite a bit of the pink cotton from the top. Using this leftover fabric I made a few more pieces that I could mix and match with the individual pieces of Simplicity 2154.
For full details about making this dress and the coordinating pieces be sure to see my full blog post at