Simplicity 1812 top and Cake Pavlova Skirt

I’ve been sick for a few days now with some sort of cold flu apocalypse plague-like thing. I woke up this morning and got dressed and put make up on and went into work. Then my boss told me to go home, because I was too sick.

I headed home and got tons more kleenex and some throat tea (basically fennel and other stuff) and honey. But I decided not to waste the make up and outfit and take as many pictures as I could before I was a feverish sweaty mess. Gosh, I’m classy.

I’ve made the Cake Pavolva skirt before. I’m not sure why, but I still haven’t mastered making this skirt out of the package. I always have alterations. This time my back pieces are smaller than my front pieces and it makes for a much better fit for me. I have finally made these alterations to my pattern pieces so maybe I can make this without any issues next time!

I love the pockets on this skirt. I used the pavlova pocket piece, but opted not to make the little pleats on it or put the band at the top of the pocket. I put an embroidery stitch from my machine across the top in a light blue colour. I love the look. In terms of the placement of the pockets. I chose to angle them slightly and I think they look pretty good.

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As for the top, the pattern is Simplicity 1812. It includes several skirt patterns, as well. I’ve made the skirt before and really loved it. Sadly, it was made when I was a beginner and didn’t really hold up all these years. Shame, though, because it was pink polkadots!

I made this top twice. Cut it out, put it together, and then tried it on and well… It did not fit. The main issue was the top cutout. I have really narrow shoulders and a hollow chest and it’s tough to fit. I took the entire top apart. I just cut off the seam allowances, because there was enough extra ease to account for it. It was so much easier than ripping out serger stitches. There are still issues with the top, but it works a lot better than it did before (you can see the issues still remain in the picture below if my shoulders aren’t back and I don’t have perfect posture). I doubt I will make another one of these tops. It’s a neat style, but I don’t think I will ever get a great fit in it, sadly. But if you have broad shoulders and a bit bust, it should work for you.

It’s also meant to be a 3/4 length sleeve and ends just above my wrists. It’s a little long. Maybe the pattern works better for non-petite people?

Here’s my sick photoshoot and, by sick, I mean flu induced photoshoot:

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TL:DR Review

  • Pattern: Simplicity 1812
  • Pros: Unlike most big 4 patterns, this top has negative ease!
  • Cons: Simplicity definitely thinks that if you are big, you are big all over. If you are petite in other places, keep in mind that you will have to shorten the sleeves and make major shoulder adjustments and adjustments to get the inset piece to fit.
  • Make again?: I will make the skirt again. I’ve been meaning to do that for a while, but the top…nope. I’m not up for all the alterations that I need to do to make this fit.
  • Rating: pink-star-black-mdpink-star-black-mdpink-star-black-mdwhite-star-black-mdwhite-star-black-md3/5 stars
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26 thoughts on “Simplicity 1812 top and Cake Pavlova Skirt

  1. Love your stitch details on the skirt! I have the shirt pattern, but have yet to make it. May not, now that I see the fits it gave you. Sorry that you are dealing with the plague now. It’s making it’s way through the sewing community.

    • Thanks so much, Alicia! I think the pattern would be gorgeous on you. You might need to tweak the yoke piece a little, but I think you have broader shoulders than me? So maybe not?

      I’m so over this flu! I’m off to the doctor today. Hopefully he can help.

  2. This outfit is really cute. I love the color combo of the green and cream. Sorry you were having trouble with the top but the cutout looks really cool. Also I love the great flare you get with the skirt – I bet it’s good for twirling. Hope you’re feeling better!

    • Thanks so much, Dixie. I love the idea of the top. I might tackle it again someday to get a better fit. Maybe I am just tired from being sick. 😉
      The skirt is great for twirling! 🙂

    • The fabric is a heavyweight wool/poly blend that I picked up at the thrift store. It’s a stable knit. It’s really nice for a winter skirt. 🙂 I love heavier weight fabrics. They twirl with such finesse!

  3. I love the skirt and how the fabric just keeps that perfect shape of constant twirl. I think the top is quite wearable, the fit is good, but I know what you mean, I avoid everything with cut out as I always end up with a big mess. It was good that you didn’t have to rip the serger seams and ad enough to cut the seam allowance, I’m so happy when this happens.

    • Thanks so much! I think the top is pretty wearable. It’s difficult to get the proper fit when you are two different sizes in the shoulder and bust area. I am glad I was able to fix it pretty nicely without having to rip out all those serger stitches. 😀

  4. Love that embroidery! Hope you feel better soon, but you look adorable. I think you can call that sleeve bracelet-length, and then it’s like it was meant. Right?

    Also, happy birthday week!

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