Patch Pockets, Please!

Wheee! Pocket detail

I’ve finished my 5th version of the Simplicity 2599 blouse. This is my go-to pattern when I just want to make something really straightforward, usually to wear with jeans. There’s nothing complex about it, but I like its simplicity, if you’ll forgive the pun. It’s perfect for chucking together a top for those days when you’re just bumming around at home. But this time I did add a patch pocket detail, following instructions from page 235 of the Reader’s Digest New Complete Guide to Sewing. I even added that crazy notion! Wow, have you worked with this stuff? It makes you go cross-eyed when sewing. And learn from my mistakes: use a cool iron when pressing something that is purely synthetic.

Here’s a photo of me wearing the finished blouse with one of my galloping sunflowers:

You can squeeze this blouse out of one metre of fabric, which means this cost me £5. I think the patch pockets rescue this blouse. Without it, we’d be staring at a very large check print behind which stands a woman.

What I enjoy about simple projects is the opportunity to concentrate on an excellent finish. Because I’m not being too challenged in the composition I can find the head room to make the details as good as they can be. So French seams and a bias binding on the facing are the order of the day:

Interior shot

Tomorrow I pick up my fabrics for the next Simplicity 2512 from the dry cleaners. Can you believe how good I’ve been? I’ve had that wool and lining fabric dry cleaned before I start sewing. This flies in the face of my instinctive desire to rush straight in. Am I becoming sensible in my old age?

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7 Responses to Patch Pockets, Please!

  1. Elizabeth says:

    Cute top! I am very impressed with the pre-dry cleaning. I have only just steamed my wool myself. I often wonder if by not having it done professionally I have done myself in. 😉

  2. superheidi says:

    Wow, I’m really impressed by that interior (as with the exterior = very cute).

  3. adelaide b says:

    This is seriously cute!

  4. Roobeedoo says:

    I have pre-washed fabric, but it would never have occurred to me to pre-dry-clean!
    Very impressed by the detailed finish of your simple top – I would probably have thought: “simple top? Polish it off super-fast and leave the raw edges to fray!”
    And then regretted it afterwards and have zero respect for the finished garment.

  5. Lysy says:

    Gorgeous top, made perfect by the pockets! And how nice to have a project that uses just a metre of fabric. I’ve been reading your blog for a few weeks after getting Simplicity dress envy from a friend who had linked to you – I really enjoy it 🙂

  6. Tilly says:

    That is VERY sensible of you. Now don’t you dare ruin it by cutting out the pattern while lying on the sofa…

    Lovely blouse!

  7. Louise says:

    It’s delightful, and you’ve done a really good job. It’s great to be able to make something that’s so wearable!

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