Pattern Review: Simplicity 1276

I was suuuuper excited to FINALLY get a chance to sit down and sew this baby! I am a stan of Mimi G, and was so excited that she came out with these patterns with Simplicity that I paid full price for them! (I never buy sewing patterns at full price!)This dress is from Simplicity 1276 view C.

Fabric: I used this grey double knit and ivory double knit from Joann’s that I bought over this past winter. I lined it with remnant jersey knit I had lying around from Joann’s. (The lining is a red wine color so if the ivory knit doesn’t look quite ivory-ish enough, that’s why.)

Difficulty: Beginner/Intermediate

Techniques: Lining and invisible zipper

Fit: Smooth, body-hugging, and sexy! This dress covers you enough for the office, and is sexy enough for date night. I cut a 10 to accommodate the stretch in the fabric. I would have normally cut a 12 because it has enough negative ease in it, but this dress is supposed to fit like skin, so I cut the 10. I also added 2 inches to the length of the skirt and I did not hem it the full stated hem allowance, but the standard 5/8″ so that it would be work appropriate.Since this baby is fully lined and made with double knits, I’ll be putting it away until the fall. It’s still too hot for me to wear this out. But, she’ll be there in my closet…ready and waiting!

11 replies on “Pattern Review: Simplicity 1276”

  • Ah, I understand. I’m planning on sewing up the other version soon (when I feel like dealing with a lining!) so I’ll see what you’re saying soon.Also I’ve moved my sewing posts over to my new blog MindofMom.com if you’d like to stop by!

    Have a great evening!

  • Definitely understand having to utilize all resources available. I k ow how to put in zippers but when I saw your review I wondered if you picked up on the difference between how she did the neckline prior to installing the zipper. It’s not a big deal I’m almost finished my daughter’s dress; but I do appreciate the response and enjoyed chatting with you.

  • Have you heard of Craftsy? I love their classes. There is a free one on zippers. She shows you how to insert all kinds of zippers on lined and unlined garments. When I run into spots on Mimi’s tutorials that I can’t follow or see clearly, I revert back to what I learned in my Craftsy classes or I just search for another tutorial to get me through the jam.

  • I made the same dress you did (View C). In following the tutorial for the tapered skirt, when it came to inserting the zipper I found that she switches to the the purple dress and the neckline was done differently. If you have time if to look at the tutorial for View A B bodice you’ll better understand what I’m trying to explain. Thanks for replying back.

  • Thank you, Jackie. I just followed the steps as they applied to my dress. I haven’t done A or B so I can’t say about any differences.

  • You did a great job on Simplicity 1276 View C. How did you handle the zipper insertion since it was not demonstrated for View C; only for View A B? I did not notice until after I had finished View C bodice that the neck is constructed differently than View A B.

  • Hi! It wasn’t difficult because I used the video tutorial. For some additional perspective, I have been sewing since October 2013. Thanks for stopping by!

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