Review: Simplicity 1283 & Vogue 1296 | Navy is the New Black! #BlogLikeCrazy

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Simplicity 1283 & Vogue 1296 - Erica B's DIY Style
I have an affinity for black.  I usually have to show self-restraint in order to not stock my sewing studio with black fabric.  So when I came across this gorgeous navy blue, I awarded myself a reprieve.  I mean, it's dark but it's not black so that makes it okay!
Simplicity 1283 & Vogue 1296 - Erica B's DIY Style
This Mood Fabrics fabulous find, a dark navy woven is from designer Theory.  And just as stunning as this fabric is, it's equally unusual.  It's a woven with 2-way stretch that feels and sews like a neoprene.  It's magical when used on a structured garment as my skirt and also has an incredible drape.
Simplicity 1283 - Erica B's DIY Style
My top is Simplicity 1283.  With the mass appeal of this particular pattern line, I was surprised by the lack of pattern reviews when I googled it.  I was practically on my own with what to expect.  It's a crop top for sure and being that I'm pretty tall with a lot of torso, I added 3 inches to the length. Had I not, I would have had practically a sports bra on my hands because it's that short. Please be aware of that.  And this top also has an inch of negative ease.  I needed a size 12, but due to the figure hugging design of this top, I went up to the size 14.  (Some may need to do a FBA.)  But the fit still worked well with my fabric choice.  And surprisingly, the sleeves are drafted with a generous amount of length.  I didn't have to add any additional length to them.  I wanted my version of a crop top to hit at the natural waist and meet at the top of the skirt.  It's a really cute design, easy to make, quick to sew with the mock turtle neck style and an invisible zipper closure.  It could easily be turned into a longer top or a dress.  It's worth having in your collection as a base pattern even if you're not into crop tops.
Simplicity 1283 - Erica B's DIY Style
The pattern design, which is designed for a knit worked well my stretch woven.
Simplicity 1283 & Vogue 1296 - Erica B's DIY Style
My skirt is Vogue 1296.  This fabric was the perfect match for this skirt.  I love how it works so well for a structuced garment, yet has such an amazing drape all at once.  I cut the size 14 for my skirt and added 3" inches to the length.  I omitted the lining.  The fabric is beefy and opague enough to where it holds its own.
Vogue 1296 - Erica B's DIY Style
After wearing this outfit which included entering and exiting my vehicle; standing and sitting, it has wonderful recovery.  
Simplicity 1283 & Vogue 1296 - Erica B's DIY Style
There was no stretch out or sagging.

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28 comments

  1. I love this outfit and navy is such a "glowier" and more flattering color than black. There's a softness and a richness to a great navy. Lovely work as always.

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  2. sew pretty-very elegant

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  3. I love Theory, I'm going to have to go look for their fabrics. Beautiful outfit!

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    1. I've always been a fan of Theory too. When I bought RTW, I use to buy their pants all of the time. The make the greatest pants! Thanks Heather!

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  4. I love, love, love this! Isn't navy a wonderful alternative?

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    1. Navy looks so sophisticated! Thanks Donne'!

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  5. This is a beautiful combo. You wear it well.

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  6. Oh! I love this! Looks awesome on you, Erica!

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  7. SHARP as usual ! And I love where the top hits the skirt.

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  8. Gorgeous outfit. Thank you for showing how an age "late 50's" woman might manage a crop top and w/o the turtleneck.Can't wait to try the fabric.

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  9. Gorgeous! Glad to see your feedback on the 1283 top. I have it but will definitely lengthen. This is a great alternative to a full turtleneck or funnel neck (which doesn't fit my neck area well).

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  10. You look so sharp and sophisticated like you always do. Love the style on you

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  11. So sleek and elegant! I am inspired.

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  12. Another great outfit! I really like the detailing on the skirt...and navy is one of my favorite colors because it has such a broad spectrum from light to dark!

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    1. It's a new favorite of mine too now! I love how rich it looks! Thanks Carolyn!

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  13. Luv your style. I'm almost done with the top of S1283. I eliminated the zipper, mock turtleneck, and sleeve and added a peplum. I used a 4 way stretch :-) :-)

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    1. Thanks B-Styles Unlimited!

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