Hi guys and dolls! I was invited to blog about the new SIM bundle and while I’ll probably make up the majority of the patterns in the bundle, given the time I had, I chose the Kinga Skirt by Kate & Rose. e
This skirt is super quick to make and since I’m on a maxi everything kick lately, it fit the bill. With simple patterns, the fun is in picking your fabric. I chose a techno knit I had in my stash along with a mesh (Mesh Queen in the house!) that has a floral print with some metallic threads. I used a straight stitch instead of a serger only because…well, it’s got white in it and I’m lazy. Luckily with a knit, you can leave your seams unattended. Plus, and in my defense, I wasn’t needing the serger for the mesh.
I graded in between the 12 (for the waist and waist facing) down to the 10 (for the hip, cos my junk is on top). I don’t know if my knit is too stretchy or what but the skirt is a bit big on me. That said, if you’re taller than 5’4″ (moi), then you’ll want to lengthen the tiers a bit. I left my mesh un hemmed and it kisses the floor in sandals…with the waist band resting on my high hip. So, take note. Also, I don’t think I really need the side zipper, though, if I had fitted the skirt more, I can see it’s purpose.
A thing on techno knits, dood, use them. Especially if you’ve never sewn with a knit. It’s a double knit and is very soft. One of the pictures of the back view showed a bit too much of mah rumpus so just beware. I wore this skirt with my Kitchy Coo Comino Top– also using a knit/mesh combo (see the trend??)
I can see this pattern getting used again, with some side seam adjustments, and some more knit/mesh combos- I didn’t have enough of the skulls mesh but maybe I can find some more this Halloween.
What do you need to know about the SIM 2 bundle?
Get it HERE! Sale runs from Tuesday September 1st thru Thursday September 10th, here in the U.S.
But wait, why bother with a bundle? In part, it’s kind of a thing right now. And bowties are cool. I mean, bundles are cool. You’re getting a deep discount off a bunch of patterns you’ll likely put into your sewing rotation, the designers are getting some exposure BUT the really cool thing about this bundle is that…
20 PERCENT of proceeds are going to be donated to Women for Women, which helps women dealing with violence, marginalization, and poverty due to war and conflict.
So, you get deals on patterns and you can help support women? It really is that cool.
So, let’s lighten things up a bit. There are going to be some fun blog posts and helpful tutorials going on all during the month of September so check them out. But since we’re all sewcialists (sewing fiends who love our social media), there will be a sewalong contest with prizes!
Who do we have to thank for this SIM bundle? Mari Miller, from Seamster Patterns– formerly Disparate Disciplines. (She took over for Donna and we thank her for it!) So, go on over to Sew Independent, buy yourself one of the bundles, support small female-run pattern companies, and give to charity all with one click. Nitty gritty below.
Have fun sewing!
Pay what you want for the bundle! The more you pay, the more rewards you’ll receive.
- Pay $25 or more to get the VNA Top, 6101 Fit & Flare Skirt, Bess Top, Nettie Dress & Bodysuit, and Pinot Pants.
- Pay $32 or more to get the Walkley Vest & Dress and Jasper Sweater & Dress.
- Pay $38 or more to get the Nautilus Swimsuit, the NEW Kinga Skirt, and the NEW April 1962 Coat.
The Kinga Skirt by Kate & Rose and the April 1962 Coat by SomaPatterns are brand new patterns that are being released with the bundle. During the sale you can only buy them as part of the bundle.
Links to participating Bundle 2 designers and their patterns:
Links to participating Bundle 2 bloggers: