Simplicity 1062 and F21 Leather Trimmed Joggers

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Have I mentioned lately how much I love that I can sew? No? Sewing really is everything! It allows me to be creative, it allows me to have a never ending wardrobe AND allows me to fill in what I perceive to be the missing pieces in my wardrobe at will.  Such was the case with these Faux Leather trimmed joggers I found at Forever 21.

I knew I wanted a monochromatic look but didn’t have quite the right black shirt in my closet, so off I went to my fabric and pattern stashes (don’t even get me started on how much I love my stashes) and grabbed a nice black ponte knit and Simplicity 1062.

I love the high low style of  this top and the casual relaxed fit and thought it would pair perfectly with my pants.

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My Review: 

Pattern Description:  Easy to wear tops featuring hi-lo hemline with or without contrast bands.

Pattern Sizing: XXS-XXL all in one envelope

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? I think so.

Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions are super easy. This is from their learn to sew collection so the were very basic.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like the high-low style of the shirt as well as how easy it came together.

Fabric Used: Ponte knit from Fabricmartfabrics.com

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:  N/A

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I might if I needed a quick top in this style.

Conclusion:  Very easy, quick sew and works well as a wardrobe staple.

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The Hudson Pant

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These pants have literally been months in the making.  I first set out looking for a good jogger pattern last Fall.  I’d been travelling a lot and wanted to find a way to stay warm (it’s always FREEZING on the plane) and still be stylish.  I’d tried a few commercial patterns but nothing was quiiiiite right.  Then I happened upon the The Hudson Pant pattern on the True Bias website.  I do love to support independent pattern companies when I can and I have a lot of Indie patterns to prove it, but sewing them up is another story.  I hesitated for a few weeks about this pattern because I am so not into the PDF pattern.  After my unsuccessful search for something comparable  I bought the pattern and ordered a bunch of sweat shirt fleece and then it just sat but I just couldn’t get them off my mind.  After searching InstaGram for images of the pants made up, I saw so many neat versions of the pants I had to go ahead and break down and print and piece the pattern together.  I was able to finish these pants in one day save for the waistband elastic only because I didn’t have the right size.  I love, love, love them and will be making many more.

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Here’s the review:

Pattern Description: The Hudson pant is the piece of clothing that you will wear all of the time. It is comfortable enough to wear around the house, but can easily be dressed up to go run errands. The urban fit of these pants leaves a bit of extra room around the hips and then tapers into a skinny leg. View A is a full length pant and View B is midcalf.

Pattern Sizing: Pattern is sized for sizes 0-18

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Absolutely!

Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions are very well written

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? This pattern is extremely well drafted and very simple to make.

Fabric Used: I used a sweat shirt fleece for this pair but it can be made in a variety of fabrics

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: No alterations necessary I was able to sew it straight from the pattern which is rare.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? These pants are so versatile I will make them many times.

Conclusion: This pattern is easy, stylish and great for beginners.