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Stash Slasher: Simplicity 2154

January 5, 2014 by rosie

Simplicity 2154

Remember my fit of pattern buying back in 2013? One of the patterns in this frenzied purchase was Simplicity 2154 – a 1960’s reproduction complete with smart pencil skirt, shirt and two jacket options. At the time, being winter, I envisioned making the suit up in my pink plaid wool, but that still hasn’t happened. This is partly because I discovered that the jacket isn’t lined (!?) , and I have not had the energy to sit down and figure out how to draft/assemble a jacket lining.

Now that it’s summer, I thought I may as well have a crack at the blouse pattern. I’m so attracted this blouse – mainly because of that ridiculously massive, over-the-top bow. I just love it. It even looks awesome on the real life model on the pattern cover!

For this project, I again consulted my stash. I wanted something lightweight and happy. I’m a bit of a scrooge when it comes to fabric – I’ve got quite a few lovely fabrics that would have been perfect, but if I hacked into them for this project, then I may not have had enough leftover to make a dress from it, and I didn’t want to ‘waste’ it. So I found this piece of cotton – I think it might be voile – that I’ve had sitting there since I was at university!

I remember purchasing this piece of fabric. It was at a remnant sale at Clegs store in the city. It was opening early at 8am, and when I arrived, there was already a queue of mainly middle-aged women outside the front. As soon as the doors opened, there was this mad rush to the table where all the remnants had been laid. A frenzied flurry then ensued, of arms and legs and bosoms and elbows as the ladies’ quest to  to find ‘that’ piece of fabric turned into a formidable fight . It was a battle, and, as a relative new sewer at the time, I was way out of my league.

But I did manage to snap up this piece of fabric. I loved the fine cotton and the bright crisp vivid colours. There wasn’t much in there, so it’s been languishing away in a tub since then.

It’s probably not the ideal fabric to use for this design, as the busy pattern inhibits the details of the blouse’s collar and bow, but I figured it would do, and it could act as a ‘practice run’ before I ultimately make it up in something a bit more luxurious.

I’m actually really happy with the result! This pattern gets a big thumbs up from me! It was straightforward to make, the pieces fitted together really well and it wasn’t super fiddly. For some reason, I was dreading inserting the side zipper (I had this vision of the bottom ends not matching up, as you insert it upside down), but even that went in perfectly first  time round!

I really love the keyhole at the front and back, and of course the bow. Now, here, I must say that the pattern calls for an interfaced bow. The only interfacing I could find on hand of the right amount was probably overkill – as a result, this bow is mega stiff, and it probably could be a little softer and droopier.  I suggest that if you make this pattern, have a play with various types of interfacing before launching straight into it like I did – it might be the case that you don’t need to interface it at all. Having said that, I’m getting along just fine with my overly rigid bow.


loving that bow!

loving that bow!

I took the shirt out for a quick test drive the very evening I finished making it. I dusted off my bike which had been exiled to the shed and took the blouse for a spin.


I’ll definitely be making this one again. Next time I might make it a smidgen longer. I can’t wait to see what it does when made up in different types of fabric. My only complaint is that it doesn’t come with sleeve options – that would really have made it useful for making winter versions.

And of course, I need to make the rest of the pattern’s family members – maybe the pencil skirt will be an easy one to whip up soon.


  1. Saw you on pattern review. This is a perfect print and fabric for the style of the blouse! So cute! I’m curious about the retro repo patterns. I’ve been dying to know if they include seam lines and add the extra touches they used to have. Guess I’ll have to try one. Re your lining – I’m sure you can find good tutorials on the web, but if memory serves me, you need to add about an 2-2.5 cm per quandrant; so the lining is larger than the jacket. Otherwise it pulls and twists and the jacket won’t hang as nicely. It needs to be roomier than the jacket itself. About 2 cm at centre back and 1+cm underarm, plus 2-2.5 cm across each side of the front. Give or take. You can do it like tucks or pleats – centre back, shoulder seams, etc. Also, be sure your lining fabric is slippery enough in the sleeves. Otherwise you will have problems getting it on and off when you wear a sweater. I made a HUGE mistake when I replaced torn lining in a wool pea coat. I used cotton calico. It had been such a nice coat. I never got it together to redo it. Which reminds me – some of the 60s clothing had very high armholes (armscyes). Before you start your jacket be sure it will fit over the clothes you might wear it with. Its sleeves need to be at least as wide as the sleeves it will go over, so you may need to adjust them. Happy Stitching. Sewing Canary

    • rosie says:

      Hello! Thanks for your comments – sorry it’s taken a while for me to get back online and reply!
      I’m glad you like the print of this blouse – it really was quite fun to make. This repro pattern didn’t have the seamlines like the old-style ones, so I think they get translated into ‘modern’ patterns. Having said that, I know that many of the ‘new’ Vogue vintage patterns still use a lot of the older construction techniques, which is nice.
      Yes, I’ll definitely have to consult some books and the wonderful internet and figure out that lining for that jacket! But at the moment, we are just recovering from an EXTREME heatwave here, so the thought of a jacket or anything remotely wintry is unbearable!

  2. Ana says:

    This is a beautiful top. You did a great job and it looks so good on you!

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