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My #PRSewingBee Challenge Part 3: Simplicity 8418 & McCalls 7313

Hello lovely friends! We are at the last post for this series and it is a good one. I appreciate all the love I have received for the first two and hope this one gets some too.

So, rewind to the third round of the competition and I check it out and see my name on the list of 26 participants who have moved from round 2 to round three. I kid you not, I was totally floored because all these ladies had some amazing sleeve designs in the last round and there are so many I would have happy ceded my place to. Then the rules for this round came out and I got truly lost. We had to make a completely reversible garment!!! To be honest, I do not like anything reversible, I had never really intentionally made anything reversible for myself because my relationship with clothing is very fleeting and I only stay in love with my clothes a short time, and on to the next shiny new one. I felt like a reversible garment would be a little under used by me.

I had to somehow get past this block and get creative with this one. This unfortunately took way too much time and after deciding on what to make, doing a muslin and then cutting into my real fabric I almost did not make it in time. This is how close I cut it, the contest normally ends at 11:59 PM EST, and if you look at the time stamp on the review I posted, you will see I did just that, my post uploaded at 10:59 PM, yikes!


I decided to make a cropped BOMBER jacket. It is a piece which I knew I would actually wear, I would not be too hot in it because “Winter is Here” in Minnesota and warm outerwear is always a plus. Simplicity 8414 was my pick. I drew inspiration from the styling and fabric / decorating on the pattern envelope. I already have a bomber I made last year but that one is a regular ol’ length so making a cropped version was the way to go.


I used some gorgeous heavy weight scuba knit from my stash which I had purchased from Joann Fabric store a year or so ago, the reverse side I made with two crepe fabrics in my favorite color for the fall, this lovely dusky pink and embellished with beaded embroidered butterflies, I also used a rib knit fabric from the Varsity collection at Joann’s. AH! I love this jacket. It is a show stopper, and now that I have gone “reversible” I might never go back.

I do not remember what I had thought of making when I bout this scuba fabric but I had A LOT of it, maybe 4 to 5 yards and the jacket had just scratched the surface. I enjoyed working with is so much, I knew I had to make a dress to go with this jacket so I used McCalls 7313 which is a very quick and easy dress and let the fabric’s print be the star.



I sit here and sigh in awe as I look at this outfit, I do love bold colors, winter takes that away some times and gets me into a somber mood with the blacks, greys and general subdued colors. I know this dress and jacket will bring lots of warmth and smiles back to my heart this winter. Thanks so much for following this little journey of mine and hope you tune in to see what I have in store for this little part of the internet I call home. Peace Love  and Kisses.

3 thoughts on “My #PRSewingBee Challenge Part 3: Simplicity 8418 & McCalls 7313

  1. Awesome & looks beautiful on you. That dusty rose is perfect & the flower print is a wonderful coordinate. Love your dress as well. Definitely extra points for both.
    I have 7 yds of a baby roses print say on black fine wale cordoroy & black rib knit
    sitting in my stash for over a yr for a bomber jacket & ??. I want to line it in pale rose just haven’t found the rose yet. LOL
    I plan on using Butterick pattern 6284 for the jacket also been sitting for yrs (since 1992) everything comes back around.


    1. Thank you Becca. Getting from planning to execution with fabric and patterns are not usually a very straight forward affair. All patterns as well as ready to wear fashion is cyclical. And now the vintage patterns are also very big. Happy sewing.


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