Comfy Mom Clothes: Simplicity 1198

I finished this t-shirt about a month ago and I’ve worn it several times since then.

This fits the bill for exactly what I need in my wardrobe right now. Easy wearable pieces that are comfortable and don’t need much accessorizing to make me feel put together. The pattern is Simplicity 1198. I made view E.

As soon as I finished this piece I cut another out in black stretch velvet and wore it on Christmas Eve with dark skinny jeans and pearls. My black stretch velvet is another wardrobe workhorse because it can be dressed up or simply worn with jeans. Now I need a denim pencil skirt so I can wear it to church.

I recommend making this pattern in more drapey knits. A less fluid knit wouldn’t hang as well and with the front fold-over detail you do really want something that isn’t going to be too voluminous or stiff.

The version pictured here is a Nicole Miller rayon knit print from Joann’s. I love a lot of prints from the Nicole Miller line. I have another t-shirt made from the same line and black has faded quite a bit over the last 6 months, but I still love it. I would consider being a little more careful with this one, but I’m a realist and with two little kids at home and several loads of laundry a week I don’t spend a lot of time paying close attention to clothing that requires special care.

I’m sure I’ll be making this again. When I do I’ll be sure to shorten the neck band piece because it gapes quite a bit. I ran a piece of 1/8″ elastic through the neckline of the stretch velvet piece and I need to do it with the rayon print shirt as well. It worked great, but it would be better to simply have a neck band that does that itself.

Now I just need to find another great printed rayon knit.


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