|The pattern called for a 'lettuce edge' which was completely explained in the supplemental instructions.|
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Pattern Review: Simplicity 1251
Simplicity patterns were on sale at my local big box fabric store and I had my tween with me so as I perused the fabric aisles, I told her she could go through the Simplicity pattern book and pick out any that interested her. Simplicity 1251 was one of the ones she chose.
Name of the pattern: It has the creative name of "Misses' Knit Dress, Tunic and Top". It is a cute, elfish looking hoodie that comes in various lengths. This is a women's pattern but it comes in very small sizes. I made a size 6 going off the waist measurement of my daughter (23 inches).
Pattern Source: Simplicity patterns can be found at almost any fabric store or on their website.
Sizes available: As I said, it is a women's pattern and it comes in sizes 4 thru 20 though the paper pattern divides the smallest sizes in one envelope and the larger sizes in another.
Special materials required: The dress calls for stretch knits only. I used a fleece with a light stretch to it. The fleece was on a steep discount, so that worked out great. The pattern comes with templates for applique; if you choose to do the applique, you will need scrap fabric of your choosing. Instead of the applique, we chose to use machine embroidery. With the pixie shaped hood, I thought that would be very cute.
This is a simple pull-over garment, so no zippers, buttons, or other closures are needed.
Skill level required: I found the pattern to be very easy. There were good diagrams and the construction was quite basic. The hood had a neat shape and was assembled a little different than your standard hood but it was still super easy.
Good: This was an easy and fun pattern that gave a more grown-up look to a fairy tale inspired outfit.
Bad: Nothing. The pattern was well written and the end product very cute.
Overall pattern rating: I give this pattern our highest score, 5 bolts. I don't do this often for the big pattern companies but I think their women's patterns are better than the children patterns. I think this particular look is great for an older tween.