Pattern in Action: Simplicity 2591 (Out-of-print)

I don’t understand why patterns go out of print.  Sometimes I can see why… the style gets old, maybe it doesn’t sell well, or it’s just not a flattering look.  Sure, I could see those patterns going out of print.  What I don’t understand is when a classic style with a great fit is no longer produced, just like Simplicity 2591.

You’ve probably noticed by now that I am partial to patterns from the Simplicity Creative Group.  A few months ago they had an out-of-print pattern sale and I bought a ridiculous number of patterns, #2591 included.  I had a few yards of a beautiful dark charcoal herringbone suiting fabric for a pair of slacks I decided not to make.  The fabric was calling to me!  And that is how the Power Player Dress was born (read more about it here).

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  • The fabric for the dress is from JoAnn Fabrics in Sherman Oaks (13323 Riverside Drive, Sherman Oaks).
  • The belt is from Target and I really need to write an entire entry dedicated to this belt because I wear it with 90% of my entire wardrobe!
  • The hat is from a couple of suave guys selling for at the Melrose Trading Post (I’ll write more about this soon).
  • Shoes are my favorite Go For Brogue from Shoe Dazzle (read more about them here).

Here’s what I like about Simplicity 2591:

  • Pockets!!  These pockets are wide and deep.
  • The princess seams are flattering, fit my curves, and are ridiculously comfortable.
  • There is gathering in the skirt, both front & back panels, which gives the skirt a flattering fullness.
  • My favorite aspect of this design is the side panels that are cut on the bias–I plan to make this in the striped chambray I just bought at Michael Levine and let the stripes really shine.

Here’s what I don’t like about Simplicity 2591:

  • The pockets… there was an instruction I didn’t quite understand so I have a feeling that the top part of the pockets on this dress are more gaping/droopy than they should be.
  • Pattern instructions call for a slip stitched hem, but I chose to use a blind hem instead.

Here are some more views of Simplicity 2591 (you can also see more about this project on my Craftsy profile page):


Yes, I would totally make this dress again!  As I mentioned, I plan to use my new pinstriped chambray and sew this with cap sleeves.  See view A:

I’ll stick with my blind hem, figure out the top of the pockets, and improve upon my lapped zipper application.  I can’t wait!  At this point I haven’t sewn anything in two months and it’s killing me… this weekend my sewing room will be unpacked enough that I can start to make something and I may just have to start on this one…  stay tuned!

Happy pattern hunting…

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  • willowwears - Lovely, they look quite similar to the Simplicity Project Runway patterns 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Mary Ann Williams - Thank you! Yes, the Project Runway patterns have a lot of these nice tailored looks in the collection. This one is a Threads Magazine design and I always love their tailored looks. I have a couple of suit patterns that I need to make (still in print!) and I’ll try to get to those for fall fashion. Stay tuned! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth - OMG! How cute are you! 😀
    Very nice….lovin’ the hat. LOL You should be out at the Hamptons looking the way you do!!
    Classic! Love it.ReplyCancel

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  • Nina - Hi Moxie,
    I don’t suppose there’s any chance you would consider selling your simplicity 2591 pattern? I’m dying to make one but can’t fund the pattern anywhere! 🙁ReplyCancel

    • Mary Ann Williams - Hi Nina – I’m so sorry, but I’m not ready to part with it yet! If I ever do, it will go for sale on my Etsy store ( Cheers!ReplyCancel

  • mari - Nina,
    Would you consider selling pattern 2591?

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