Simplicity 1165; rayon shorts , Simplicity 1589; a silk tank

simplicity 1165 rayon shorts ; simplicty 1589 silk blouseToday’s Wal Mart patterns are Simplicity 1165 made from a rayon woven, a fabric I’m in love with, and Simplicity 1589 made from silk charmeuse, a fabric I’m not so in love with.

Both patterns were sewn straight out of the envelope in a size 10, and both fit pretty well. I did make some changes to the top on my next version I need to blog, and removed some of the fullness at the bottom. But this one is as is.I love the opening in the back of the top and it doesn’t show bra straps. I figured out a much quicker way to make the opening with my serger and regular sewing machine. I just serged the seams and pressed up, then top stitched. The instructions in this pattern are very good, by the way. It’s a Learn To Sew pattern and really thorough for beginners. This version I made as the instructions suggest, with French seams and carefully topstitched edges at the back opening. Unfortunately I put my silk down on my dining table for a second and got something on it and now it’s stained…. The kids didn’t do a thorough wipe down after dinner. I’ll blame them. I don’t really like the top in this fabric that much for it’ s purpose here. It’s sort of too shiny for a daytime top. It was leftover form a costume project I made for the theater a couple years ago so what the heck. No money wasted here.8simplicity 1165 rayon shorts I know I’ll wear these shorts a ton this summer. I bought this fun rayon woven fabric at Micheal Levine about two years ago and was happy to finally find the perfect project for it. There are lots of fun printed shorts in fashion this summer and I wanted a pair, too. I’m still tempted to add some mini pom pom trim to the hem. But maybe that’s too juvenile for someone in their forties? I’m on the fence as I LOVE pom poms. I love the pocket design which is only one pattern piece that folds over, and the double channeled elastic waist band.simplicity 1165 rayon shorts ; simplicty 1589 silk blouseThe top flares out a little too much at the bottom, giving a maternity look. I did some pattern work and removed four inches of flare for my next version, and also cut the bust in the next size up as it’s a little too tight and makes the blouse lift up in the front. I think if I wore the top with something tight on the bottom, it would look better. I like to wear something tighter on the bottom if I’m wearing something looser on top. Or vice versa. simplicity 1165 rayon shorts ; simplicty 1589 silk blouseThe lowdown: These are great patterns and I’ve already sewn up more versions which I like even more! Bring on the summer!72

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  1. says

    Love the whole outfit, but especially the shorts. I have been wanting just a basic, easy-fitting pair of shorts to make. Not being able to buy Simplicity online, I forget about what they may have. Soon I’ll be able to stock up, so I saved your post so I can remember them.

  2. says

    Very pretty top! I love the cutout in the back and it’s even better that you can’t see bra straps. The fabric of the shorts is beautiful.

  3. says

    I love both patterns and want to buy them now:) that outfit is SMOKIN hot! The shininess of the fabric isn’t coming through and looks great in photos. I recently made a tank with really similar fabric and didnt love the results either. But just like you I was able to make some fit adjustments, so no harm no foul. I still have a bunch of that fabric and I’m not sure what to do with it! What kind of waistband is the shorts?

    • justine says

      The waistband has two channels that you feed 3/4 inch elastic into. Thanks Amy!

  4. Justine says

    Very pretty, Justine! You did a great job. 🙂 Love your work! Looks so comfy. I’d totally like to wear something like this.

  5. Veronica says

    You look great! Those shorts look so comfy, and I would never have considered that blouse pattern until now. I think I need to make the first pattern you reviewed first before I commit to another though. So far behind in all my sewing, but aren’t we all? Great job!

    • justine says

      Thanks Veronica! These tops don’t seem that wow when you look at the patterns, but it’s the type of thing I end up wearing day to day.