Simplicity’s THREADS pattern series
Has anyone had experience with Simplicity pattern company’s Threads Patterns? I would appreciate hearing about what you think of them and how they perform. I am particularly interested in pattern #4328, a “leather/vinyl/denim” casual jacket, but I would also find all other pattern mentions of great interest.
I must admit to being a bit of a Vogue patterns purist, and have always thought that Simplicity’s patterns were a bit short on fitting finesse. To me, the garments in the pictures on the pattern envelopes always looked “homemade”. Of course, experienced sewers can make anything look good, but I would rather have a stylish pattern that I can count on from the start, and Vogue patterns really suit my measurements and style. The pictures of the Threads garments on the Simplicity pattern envelopes look much better than many other Simplicity garments, so that’s got me wondering.
Here in the Pacific NW of the US, the chain JoAnn Fabrics will have a good sale on Simplicity patterns ($1 each, limit 10) from Aug 25-27, so I would love to have an idea before then.
I shared your opinion about Simplicity until the last year or so. Since then, Simplicity appears to have been paying attention to the sewing websites and to feedback from their customers. For example, I sent in comments about a pattern and got a fast response, and they had a couple of reps participate in a live discussions at patternreview.com
The Threads pants have gotten good reviews at this same site (it appears that at least some of the new pants have a crotch curve more like Burda's excellent model), as have the jackets with various cup size options. Occasionally, there's still a clunker in the reviews, but it's rarer than it used to be, I think.
Ah, that's interesting. I bet Threads involvement helped Simplicity pull it together. Thanks for the encouraging report - I will go browse their site and make a list of 10 patterns to get during the sale.
I absolutely adore the Simplicity Threads v-neck blouse pattern, which I've made in drapey rayon, a tropical print cotton, and even a spring seersucker with equal success. The sleeve fit especially well, although I took out some of the fullness across the chest (a normal change for me).
The instruction sheets for the Threads patterns are wonderful, too, teaching this long-time sewer a few new tricks and reminding new sewers about important steps. I always check new patterns against old, well-fitting ones or against current RTW that fits well, and the Threads patterns have needed minimal adjustment.
Hi, Teaf5. What is number of the simplicity v neck blouse. I'm always looking for a pattern that someone has had success with.
The Threads blouse is Simplicity 4586, and it is very flattering on my maturing body once I make the shoulder a little narrower by folding out 1/2" front and back. I also made the tie separate instead of attaching it to the collar as directed, just for active days that I might not want to wear it. The hip length is good for my short torso, but a longer hem would work, too; I especially like the fit of the sleeves, which are the best of any pattern I've had lately!
Check out Patternreview.com to look at some of the patterns after sewers have made the garments and they give the comments.
Just have to mention that I've made 2 of these in seersucker and they have become favorites. One thing which I did was make small vents on each side so that I could wear the blouse out. Since I prefer sleeveless( I live in Fl.), I'm still trying to get the armhole sizing correct..but I'll get there. When I made it according to the pattern size I got a little gap but after I did an adjustment it was a little too tight. BTW, Joann's have Simplicity patterns on sale this Fri-Sun for $1.
This was my first Threads pattern and I am looking forward to purchasing more.
have a look on pattern review .com
I may be very biased on this ;-)---but I think that Simplicity has done some great work with the Threads lines and I know that the Threads are among their best sellers. The Simplicity team is just awesome and we are working together on some exciting new patterns in the future...so stay posted!
I shall indeed stay posted, and in the meantime I shall go clean my local JoAnn Fabrics out of all of the Threads patterns.
Sounds good! :-)
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