Pattern Review Repeat, BWOF 1/08 #109 and Simplicity 3797

Line Drawing

100% Cotton Denim
Designer- Ralph Lauren

Prewash: Machine wash warm cotton setting and dry perma press. It shrunk 3″ in length.

Notions: thread, topstitching thread, topstitching needle, size 12 jean needle, 7″ jean zipper, Armo Weft interfacing

Alterations: None

Construction Details: This skirt was inspired by a Nina Ricci skirt sold at Neiman Marcus for $850. I don’t have a picture of the skirt (it’s no longer on their website). This is a picture of the jeans from the same collection also $850.00.

The stand out feature of this skirt is using the wrong side of the denim as trim for the pockets, waistband and hem.

Pocket trim-Mark the stitching line on both the pocket and the pocket lining. Match the two stitching lines-the wrong side of the pocket to the right side of the pocket lining and stitch.

Understitch the pocket lining

Fold the pocket seam allowance to the right side twice

and topstitch. A topstitching needle is very helpful for this task

Waistband trim– Cut a strip of denim 2″ wide and the length of the waistband on the crossgrain. Fold right sides of the trim together. Insert the trim between the skirt and the waistband and stitch and grade the seam. Fold the trim up, press and topstitch. Finish the waistband as usual.

Hem trim– Make trim the same as for the waistband. Mark the hem length and add 5/8″ seam allowance. Trim any extra fabric. Fold trim right sides together. Stitch to the wrong side of the skirt.

Grade seam allowance, fold to the right side, press and topstitch.

This is unlined and the seams are all serged.

Simplicity 3787 camisole top

This top was last reviewed on 4/23/09.

The fabric for this version is a cotton/linen blend seersucker one of the 1st fabrics we had when we opened 22 years ago. The alterations and construction are the same as the previously reviewed top except for different trim. This time I used prepackaged wide seam binding

as piping for the upper band and the shoulder straps.

These are two TNT patterns that I will use again and again.


  1. Adrienne
    July 9, 2009 / 3:59 am

    VERY, very pretty! I LOVE that skirt!

  2. Roz
    July 10, 2009 / 12:09 pm

    Thank you Adrienne for your lovely words. And thanks for stopping by again!

  3. Veronica
    July 10, 2009 / 2:47 pm

    Love the denim skirt! It is even prettier in person! I plan to make my muslin this weekend.

  4. Roz
    July 10, 2009 / 10:05 pm

    Thanks VeronicaVery excited to see your version!

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