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Simplicity 4076 needs no introduction. As stated in the title the pattern has 200 reviews on Pattern Review, so I certainly won’t add one. There is nothing more to be said. I’ve had the pattern in my pattern stash for a long time and have made it for the first time. I narrowed the sleeve hem, as the pattern has wide sleeves. A quick project that only took me a (short) evening.

The fabric is not bought by me. I got it this weekend in an ‘ugly fabric swap’. This is the third time a group of European ladies came together to sew. Most of us first met in Brussels a few years ago in a PR weekend, some of us prior to that in Paris and some came through the group a bit later, but it feels like we’ve all know each other for a long time now. It’s such fun!
When we meet we usually have this ugly fabric swap and sometimes it’s really ugly and you will not use the fabric for something other then muslin. This time I thought the fabric I ended up with was not too bad at all. I would probably not have chosen it myself but I like the result.
We also said we should make something from the fabric before our next meet-up, think I’m fast enough for that ;-).

I finished the purple jacket during the weekend. Not much else done because of a cold that held me down a bit. Photos of the jacket will have to wait till an opportunity to take photos in daylight.


  1. I agree, it's not bad at all. I need to make this pattern again. It's such a good basic. The plaid works really well as does the black trim.

  2. That's a nice ugly fabric ;-)

  3. Love the shaping and bias sleeves in this top and the ugly fabric is actually quite nice and suits this style. It will be fun to see what others have made from their fabrics at your next meetup :)

  4. You've reminded me that I made this pattern once upon a time and liked it too. You turned your ugly fabric into a charming prince of a top!

  5. Isn't it funny that I knew the pattern number but forgot which TNT pattern this was. Great choice with the fabric....which I don't think is that "ugly" perhaps just "unloved."

  6. Super speedy! And definitely not so ugly - a very nice top.

  7. I do not agree that this fabric is ugly, this top is great and I am sure you will use it a lot this winter. It looks very comfortable.

  8. I don't think that's an ugly fabric - it's beautiful - & you did a fantastic job matching the plaids. Nice going!
    :-) Chris

  9. I have this pattern but oddly never made this version. It is very me! And no the fabric is not ugly.

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  11. Its simplicity made it stands out, I should say that you have a nice Sewing skills at all because turning an ugly fabric into a stunning piece is indeed quite hard.


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