A Ginormous Gingham Bow: Simplicity 2154

Oh it was quite lovely to get back to working with fabric rather than css & html this week. Hopefully most of the glitches (mostly in firefox) have come right but if not please do let me know!

Simplicity 2154 has been on my wishlist since it popped up in June last year. It’s one of Simplicity’s re-issued 1960s patterns and includes a cardigan, jacket, skirt and this big bow-bedecked blouse.

In woven gingham this was a straightforward but interesting make – the darts are shaped and angled rather than up and down which lends a nice fit. The collar sits beneath the bow which is stiched in place and the back neck fastens with a button and loop. It also has a side zipper although I think you could get by just fine without it.

The bow itself is fully interfaced and combined with the gingham it has a life of it’s own. I think next time I’ll leave off the interfacing bacause as fun as it is – I don’t want to feel costumey in it either. It also sits nicely – as many vintage blouses do – over a cardigan which is how I’m wearing it as I write.

I also think it’ll be a pattern that lends itself to different kinds of fabric – I’d love to try it in a soft vintage rayon for example so you can definitely expect to see this one again!



  • Jane February 14, 2012

    It’s GORGEOUS Alana. I love every single thing about it. x

    • Lazy Stitching February 14, 2012

      Thanks, hun!
      Ps. I have a little surprise for you later in the week 🙂

  • Marie February 14, 2012

    Oh, this is gorgeous! I have this pattern and have been itching to make it up…you’ve just motivated me to get on with it ;o)

    Loving the look of the new blog by the way!

  • Andrea February 14, 2012

    This is exactly like my first version of the blouse! I love it! I have also made it in rayon with no interfacing in the bow and it looks completely different. This is one of my favorite blouse patterns. Yours looks fantastic on you!

    • Lazy Stitching February 14, 2012

      I love it! We can totally be twinsies 🙂

  • didyoumakethat February 14, 2012

    So, so pretty! I absolutely love it. You look ravishing.

  • Katarina February 14, 2012

    This is so lovely, it has this vintage vibe which I love but doesn’t look dated, it could come from a highstreet store. I think this might be my first comment yet, but I’ve been following your journeys for quite a while now and admire your skills and style. Congrats on moving the blog.

    • Lazy Stitching February 14, 2012

      Thank you so much x

  • Sarah February 14, 2012

    Been following your blog for awhile and LOVE the clothes you make! Love how you use yourself as a model. You look awesome. I love to sew and hope to add clothes to my list…….someday:)

  • Claire (aka Seemane) February 14, 2012

    Love it – I can so see you in a red version with a white bow! 🙂

  • Paunnet February 14, 2012

    This is too adorable for words! It looks equally great with the cardigan. Oh, but now I need to have this pattern…

  • Lauren February 14, 2012

    How perfect is that?? I love giant bows 😀 Love how it looks great with and without the cardigan, too.

  • paige p @ luxperdiem February 14, 2012

    I love this blouse. The skirt from this pattern is my tnt skirt! I might have to try this one out now! Did you alter the pattern at all?

    • Lazy Stitching February 14, 2012

      I’ve seen so many lovely versions of the skirt – I definitely plan on giving it a go. As for the blouse, the main alteration was a 2 inch full bust adjustment and an extra half inch added to the back as well. I think next time though I’d add maybe another 2in in length.

  • Mariló February 14, 2012

    I love it! It’s so cute! Another thing I have to try this year. Beautiful!

  • Petunia February 14, 2012

    Love your bow!

    Does your blog have a place to sign up?

    • Lazy Stitching February 14, 2012

      Thanks Petunia! The sign up for email notifications, google reader and bloglovin’ should be in the side bar on the homepage here.

  • Janice February 14, 2012

    Super cute! I love the huge bow.

  • Sarah February 14, 2012

    Oh, I LIVE for a giant bow! Gorgeous blouse Alana!

  • jen February 14, 2012

    Loving this top, especially under the cardigan, the gingham bow +collar popping out is so perfect! You are so cute it’s crazy girl. Also not sure if I said this before but I love the new website design as well.

    This is pretty unrelated but I follow you with bloglovin and wanted to give you a heads up that if you contact them with your old blog address and new blog address, they’ll transfer followers of the old site to the new site automatically for you. Maybe you knew this already though and if so, sorry for being redundant!

    • Brumby February 14, 2012

      I didnt know that so thanks!

    • Lazy Stitching February 14, 2012

      No I didn’t know that! It wouldn’t have even occurred to me – thanks Jen!

  • Brumby February 14, 2012

    The fit on the pattern is extremely flattering, (although it does also look like you’ve lost weight) it really highlights your waist shape. I like the firmness of the bow with this fabric, but agree with your thoughts on omitting it for the rayon. Can’t wait to see it when you get there…

  • Rachel February 14, 2012

    That is O for awesome. I have never seen this pattern before, but I like it. I <3 the first photo! (lovely shade of lippy too)

    • Lazy Stitching February 14, 2012

      Oh David Tua, may you live on to make us giggle for ever!
      ps. this is the lippy x

      • Rachel in Edinburgh February 17, 2012

        Thanks for the link to the lip pen (will have to check that out). So glad to be able to pull the Tua call – I’ve been caught out here before, where people just think I can’t spell…

  • Lynne February 14, 2012

    It’s gorgeous, it looks lovely with the cardigan, and the bow is fab. 🙂

  • KristenMakes February 14, 2012

    It looks so cute!!!! I LOVE it peaking out of the cardigan!

  • Ginger February 14, 2012

    Fun! I love it!

  • Nikki February 14, 2012

    Love it! Looks great sneaking out from the cardi! I reckon you’ll need he cardi for now too! The shape is fab on you.

  • scruffybadger February 14, 2012

    Wowee!! Super loving your bow-ty-ful top. It’s adorable. How did I miss this pattern? You look gorgeous

  • Mikhaela February 14, 2012

    Oh it’s lovely–and I totally just bought that pattern a few weeks ago, so nice to see the blouse made up (I had just bought it for the skirt but now maybe I’m liking this even better). Also–love how you always rock such a lovely genuine smile in your project photos… you make wearing them look so FUN!

    • Lazy Stitching February 14, 2012

      Aw shucks! Good to know that smiling like an idiot all by myself pays off 😉

  • Suzy February 14, 2012

    Looks great on you! I love it under the cardigan

  • so sew February 14, 2012

    That really suits you – very cute & fun.

  • Wendy February 15, 2012

    This looks so fab on you – another pattern to consider adding to my ever increasing stash! Will look forward to seeing new versions too.

  • dixie February 15, 2012

    cute cute cute! and it looks awesome with the cardigan.

    congrats on a nice transition to the new domain!

  • Michelle February 15, 2012

    LOVE IT! The gingham, the crazy bow, the cute colour. And you in it! Gorgeous!

  • Roobeedoo February 15, 2012

    Too cute! I don’t think I have seen this pattern before. I love the crispness of your bow and the collar at the back – and what a great fit!

  • Melizza February 15, 2012

    You look so pretty. What a fab and versatile blouse. Love, love , love!

    • Melizza February 15, 2012

      Okay. So I JUST realized I have this pattern. Yay!

      • Lazy Stitching February 15, 2012

        I love it when that happens!

  • ooobop! February 15, 2012

    This is just lovely. It looks gorgeous on you. Fabulous fit too. And one can never go wrong with gingham! Great job x

  • Sherry February 15, 2012

    This looks awesome Alana! And you’re right, it looks great under a cardigan too – and you can have fun with lots of colours!

  • Mary Danielson February 16, 2012

    Absolutely lovely, Alana! It looks fabulous with a cardigan, which is the ultimate requirement for any great blouse. You look so perfectly sixties with that pairing! I can’t wait to your future versions of it, because I bet that bow really would drape beautifully in a rayon. Fantastic work, as always! 🙂

  • Pixie February 16, 2012

    Holy bejeezus, I LOVE that. It’s so funny too, I was just thinking this morning about how unloved gingham seems to be and how long it had been since I’ve seen a garment made in it and how I might make one. Way to be ahead of the curve!

  • Sophia February 17, 2012

    Oooh, I made this shirt a few months ago and loooooved it, too. I ended up redoing the bow without the interfacing because I wanted it to be “floppier.” Your version in the gingham is great… and is giving me ideas 🙂

  • Kate February 17, 2012

    Absolutely, utterly adorable. Won’t that be too cute this spring and summer. I like the body in the bow.

  • Catherine Daze February 17, 2012

    I love both those looks. You pull off the drama of the bow really well!

  • Kath February 20, 2012

    The top is divine! I bought this pattern some time ago but seeing your version has inspired me to add it to my must sew list!

  • Stephanie February 27, 2012

    Love, love, love this top and it looks great on you!

  • Zoe April 09, 2012

    This is so nice I feel a bit weak with envy!!! So lovely to see you on Saturday hon. Hope to see you again before long. Good luck with all you have on your plate currently xxxx

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