Gingham Cropped Pants- Simplicity 8841

I’m slowly getting my sewing mojo back. I recently finished cropped pants with cargo pockets using Simplicity 8841. The fabric I used was a tropical gingham suiting that I purchased from

Simplicity 8841 is described as easy to sew, which is very true. It was very easy to put together. There are two options for the pants which are a wide or a slim leg design. There is an option for a tie belt and an option for cargo pockets. Both the wide and the slim leg pants are available in two lengths- cropped or long.

I made the slim cropped length with cargo pockets. The only modification that I made was the length for the cropped pants since I am short. The cropped pants have a cuffed leg. The pants are supposed to be slim leg but on me, they look more like wide leg pants. I think next time, I will figure out how to taper the pants at the end. It’s also possible that, although my measurements match the recommended size as well as the finished garment size, I can actually make the next size down. There’s plenty of ease. So that might also solve the issue of the wide leg.

The waist is elasticized. The casing at the waist holds a one inch elastic.

These pants are very comfortable. I plan to make another pair in the future. I would like to make the same view for the slim leg design also with the cargo pockets but in a lighter, more flowy fabric. Maybe in linen.

Happy Me Made May!


Simple Green Linen Shorts for Me Made May

I lost my sewing mojo this month, just in time for Me Made May. That’s ok, because I decided that I will do more reflecting and less sewing this month. It will help me appreciate my sewing journey. I do want to sew a few things this month if I can muster the energy. So I encouraged myself to sew something simple. I made green linen shorts.

I used an easy pattern by McCall’s. It’s McCall’s 6843. I purchased it in 2016 and just recently cut into it. It’s a very easy pattern to sew together. It took me 2 hours to complete this project. Can’t beat that!

McCall’s 6843 includes options for short shorts, long shorts, cropped pants and long pants. I made the short shorts. It has pockets. I realize that every time I say or write that, that I might be seriously obsessed with pockets.

For these green linen shorts, I used some leftover fabric that I had from a recent dress that I made. I only needed 7/8 of a yard to make these shorts. What a great fabric buster. The shorts are very comfortable. The waist has 3 casings for the elastic, although I decided to only make 2 casings. It gives it a nice look.

This month’s theme for May is “bottoms”. I decided on my usual number of five items to plan on completing. Here are the patterns I chose:

I bought most of these patterns in 2016. The only new pattern that I purchased recently (as in this year) is Simplicity 8841. It’s also the pattern that I am most excited about making. I like the cropped pants. I like how the pockets are on the outside.

Butterick 5893 is a pattern for very wide leg pants or shorts. I’ve used this pattern once before. I made black linen wide leg pants which I modified to make as cropped pants. The pants are very wide legged. Simplicity 1069 is a pattern for high waisted pants, shorts or skirts. It’s the only pattern in my plans that involves a zipper. The rest have elasticated waists. Simplicity 8393 is a pattern for wide, long pants with a slit on the side or without a slit. I’m not too excited about the slit on the side. I don’t think it’s quite my style. So I think I’ll make the regular pants without the slit.

We will see how May goes. I can’t seem to get my sewing mojo back. I’m in a little bit of a funk. Sewing (and creating) always helps me. It’s like my therapy. So I should try to encourage myself to make something.

For now, I am enjoying the Instagram Me Made May posts on my sewing community Instagram. It’s so inspiring!

Happy Me Made May and Happy Sewing!


Simplicity 1355- A Fun, Red Romper

I made this fun, red romper in 2020. I wore this romper today for Me Made May and for Mother’s day. I usually wear this romper with a t-shirt underneath. I used Simplicity 1355. This pattern is a popular pattern. It is labeled as easy to sew and I will agree that it is. The instructions are very easy to follow. Sewing the top part together was actually really fun to do. I liked how easily it came together.

There are 4 views included in this pattern. There are two options for the top which is a V-neck in the front and a low crossover in the back. The other option is a scoop neck with a sliding tie. I’ve made both options and I think my favorite option is the V neck with the low crossover back. There are 3 options for the bottom- a maxi dress, shorts or pants. I’ve only made the shorts version, but I would like to make the maxi dress version in the future with the V neck for the top.

There were a few changes that I made to adjust it to my body. The armholes were too big, so I had to take them in by about 5/8 of an inch on both sides. I also shorten the shoulder straps by an inch and a half. Possibly, I could have sized down for the top. Also, one thing to note is that the cross over in the back is a bit deep as the pattern also states it’s a “low crossover”. So you will need to wear a bra that accommodates this so that your bra won’t show.

This is the 3rd romper I have made using this pattern. Here are the other two:

Simplicity 1355: A short story of a short jumper.

Simplicity 1355- An easy, breezy summer romper.

Overall, this is a great pattern for a beginner or an advanced beginner. It’s fun and easy to put together. The romper, jumper or maxi dress is perfect for Spring or Summer.

Happy Sewing!