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Deb Fox
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Date: 6/9/13 1:20 PM

It's no wonder that sewing is becoming a lost art. I have been sewing for 45 years and my latest Simplicity project is a huge bust! I bought Simplicity 1919 because of the jacket with cap sleeves. I thought it would be perfect in the sweltering summer days in Florida, as we are not allowed to wear sleeveless clothing where I work. Let me give you a play by play description of everything that went wrong (or where Simplicity went wrong).

1. No finished bust measurement on the back of the envelope. There is a hip measurement and length measurement for the skirt and pants, but nothing for the jacket.

2. No printed measurements on the jacket pattern! There printed measurements for the skirt and pants.

3. The jacket size is just wrong. I cut it out and pin fit a size 16, figuring I could side down in the neck and shoulders and add for the bust as needed, which is normal for me and a size 16 (39 inch bust, 35 inch high bust) I needed a 2 inch fba, and the shoulders fit perfectly and the armseye was in the right place...odd...the pieces also looked small and it just didn't look right...so I unpinned it, did my fba and got a perfect fit. Normally I would need a 2 inch FBA if I started with a much smaller sized pattern.

It's a good thing I didn't just go running off cutting out all my Simplicity patterns in a 16..or cutting out the fabric with just a bit more in the bust, like I usually do. I would have never been able to squeeze my arms into the sleeves and there would have been no way I could have buttoned the jacket! There was just something nagging at me.

4. I compare the jacket pattern pieces to a smaller size set (8,10,12) and sure enough, my jacket pattern was a perfect size 12! It was marked a 16, but it was actually a size 12.

Luckily I have enough sewing to realize right from the start that something was not right. Imagine if I had been a beginner! I would have thrown everything away right then and there when I ended up with a jacket I could not squeeze myself into.

I know there is an open comment right now to the Big 4 pattern makers, and I will surely join in. This is just unacceptable. If I was just starting out in my sewing journey this would be enough to put me off sewing.

(oh, and I guess I'll start using a size 12 with a 2 inch FBA!)

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Date: 6/9/13 3:39 PM

Definitely contact Simplicity and tells them. Otherwise, they don't know someone messed up and thus can't fix it.

Yesterday at ASG, we were all looking at Vogue 8815 during the program presentation and we noticed the bust apex was 2" from Center Front. Really Vogue? A four inch bust spread?

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Date: 6/9/13 4:05 PM

I have had an awful problem too with Simplicity vest project for DH... it was suppose to be 2XL but way way small .... I have tried to adjust but I am afraid it is pretty much a bust! So frustrating ... pkg measures were good ... but after sewing cut out of the right size... geez!

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Oh my..here we go again, no job...Sighing allot..


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Date: 6/9/13 4:30 PM

We have to use Simplicity patterns in the classroom at Joann's. Just about everyone I've made for the display, has either had flat out wrong instructions, or a bad fit.

You are right, it would make a beginner quit on the spot. As a matter of fact, when I point out the problems with the pattern/instructions, they will usually ask, "how would I know this if I were doing it at home on my own"? Simplicity seems to be the worst of the big 4. Yes, contact them and let them know about the problem you had with the pattern. Hopefully, you will contact someone who even cares.

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Date: 6/9/13 8:25 PM

I once contacted Simplicity's customer service when a pattern I purchased was not the size range printed on the envelope. I was in a hurry and they were awesome...over-nighted the correct size pattern to me. It was a situation that could have turned me off Simplicity but instead, here I am defending them in this thread. So there you have it.

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Date: 6/10/13 8:28 AM

It's nice to hear the "good" stuff. It gives the rest of us hope, that if we do take these issues to the source, they will make it right

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Date: 6/10/13 9:38 AM

Quote: JTink
It's nice to hear the "good" stuff. It gives the rest of us hope, that if we do take these issues to the source, they will make it right

I agree, especially because the OP's pattern is a "THREADS" magazine endorsed pattern. THREADS magazine might like to know. I read some PR reviews of the pattern and approx. half of them commented the jacket was snug.
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Date: 6/10/13 11:05 AM

I just got an email from Simplicity this morning apologizing for the error. They said there was indeed a sizing error for all the pieces in this pattern. I would say so...The pieces were all over, size wise. CF and Sf were a 10, CB and SB were a 12 and the sleeve was a 16.

They were sending out a new pattern with the correct sizing.
-- Edited on 6/10/13 11:06 AM --

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Date: 6/10/13 9:26 PM

I'm glad they fessed up about the mistakes and are sending a corrected pattern.

I wonder....Why don't they start a listing on their websites of the mistakes on patterns. Maybe most of their patterns sold are never made? I'd think it would do more good to their image to be upfront about mistakes, than be trashed about bad patterns by frustrated sewers. I wonder how many beginners would have run into your problems and threw the pattern in the trash and thought "never again". Either about buying Simplicity or sewing clothing at all.

I know Threads and Interweave Knits & Crochet run corrections about patterns and instructions in their magazines, and have them on their websites. I haven't heard any badmouthing of them for owning up to those mistakes. Something to think about, pattern companies!!

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