Review: Simplicity 1430 | Yellow Shorts for Mikaela!

12:00 AM

First of all, for those of you who have been reading my blog since forever -- can y'all believe that Mikaela will be 17 in a couple of weeks...  that she drives now and will be a SENIOR in high school this year?  She was a tiny little 8 year old when I started the blog.  I see her everyday and I still have "WOW" moments!
It seems like just yesterday I was sewing girls' sized patterns for her.  Now I'm cutting a Misses' size 8 in these shorts!  
This is Simplicity 1430.  This is a great pattern that sews pretty well straight out of the envelope (well, they did for her shape).  I only had to take in the darts a little extra to at the waist to prevent gaping.
I can't find the exact fabric on the site, but I bought it at Joann's.  It's one of their Sew Classic Bottomweight fabrics and it has stretch.  It's not a denim... more like a stretch cotton-blend twill.  But it sews great and presses nicely with a crisp finish.  And this fabric is perfect for any casual yet tailored garment.
One of the cutest details is the double button closure.  And they're finished with a 1 1/4" hem.
I can't tell you if the instructions are good because I didn't read them.  I've made more pairs of pants than I can recall.  And I've mastered the front fly zipper installation.  But this is definitely a well-drafted pattern that I personally feel a beginner could handle.  

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29 comments

  1. Oh my, what an adorable young lady! I definitely have been reading your blog for years and can't believe how time has flown. I feel the same way though when I look at my 9 year old, sniff, sniff.
    I love her shorts, and she styled them perfectly!

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  2. This pattern quickly became my TNT for shorts. It is a good one.

    Your daughter is adorable! I have an almost 16 year old and I am right there with you on "HOW THE TIME FLIES!". Have fun on this whirlwind senior year! :)

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    1. This is definitely a great pattern for TNT! Thanks Nakisha!

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  3. She's so beautiful! and stylish!

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  4. Love the colour and the fit! An amazing job! I will definitely be buying this pattern.

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  5. Wow, she's certainly not that tiny little girl, is she? She's just lovely.

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  6. It really is a great pattern! I bought it after I saw one of your posts on it..... The mint green shorts I believe! These look lovely

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  7. Aw, she's just as beautiful as her mother. Great looking shorts.

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  8. I understand - my son is 17 and will be a senior this year. Wowza! How did that happen!

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    1. In the blink of an eye, they're grown!

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  9. Great pair of shorts made better by a lovely model.

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  10. These shorts are too cute on your beautiful daughter. .

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  11. Love the styling of a perfect pair of shorts!!!

    www.dressupnotdown.blogspot.com

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  12. Well Mikaela has inherited her mothers good looks that's for sure, the shorts are lovely, great pop of colour for summer. Now we have to persuade her to get behind the wheel of the sewing machine!

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    1. It's way too easy for her to say, "Mom, can you make me..." LOL Thanks AllisonC!

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  13. Before I started reading your post, just looking at the picture of Mikaela, I had the same thought...can't believe how grown she is now! The same with Adrienne's children...*sigh* The shorts are cute and your daughter is growing up to be a lovely young lady!!!

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    1. I know Carolyn, right before your eyes. You blink and they're grown! Thanks!

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  14. Your gorgeous daughter has inherited your amazing style. These shorts look so perfectly shaped and made. I love the bright yellow. Well done!

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  15. HA! When I saw the photo I told my daughter it was crazy how big Mikela is and that she was about 8 when i started reading your blog- how funny to read your saying the same thing! Lol. She's gorgeous- congrats :)

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