I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…I love pattern hacking. Simplicity’s Pattern Hacking collection hasn’t disappointed me yet. The four base patterns are blank canvas for your creativity and can be used to create a full wardrobe with dresses, tops, cardigans and pants.

Previously, I featured Simplicity’s 8375 and inside I’ll show you the version of Simplicity’s 8378 I created for my client/friend DeLynda.


Simplicity’s Pattern Hacking collection was released earlier this year as a part of the Spring and Summer collections. Simplicity’s 8378 features two base patterns with four hybrids. Since the pattern is very basic, the options are endless for modifications and various print selections. I made the pattern as is but  gave it some flare by using a printed fabric.

This pattern is only suitable for knits.


Very Easy. If you’ve sewn a pair of elastic waistband pants then you probably don’t need the pattern instructions. It only takes about an hour and a half to sew a pair.


We selected knit fabric from Joann. DeLynda wanted something light, soft and flowy. She also wanted something that could be worn to office or on the weekend. The knits we selected are great for Summer and will transition nicely into Fall (for southeast Texas weather.) Both knits can be found here.




DeLynda is about 5’11 and has a curvy figure. She wanted her pants to fit nicely at the waist and did not want tightness around her hips and butt.

To ensure the pants had her desired fit, I first graded out from her waist to hip based on the finished garment measurements and the recommended ease. Second, I had to add room in the back crouch to accommodate the fullness in her butt. To facilitate this I had to know the distance between her waist and hip and her crouch length. Since DeLynda’s stomach is pretty flat, I knew increasing the crouch length in the front would be the wrong move. Therefore, I focused on increasing the back seam of her pants. In order to do this, I needed to ‘slice and pivot’ the pattern at the hip line. For DeLynda, the back seam was increased by two inches.

To accommodate her height, I added two inches of length to each pant leg.




Love this pattern. The pattern was easy to sew and is a great base piece for any wardrobe. These pants are versatile and can be dressed up or down depending on your accessories. DeLynda loved how comfortable and easy these pants were. I will definitely be making a few for myself and for her soon.

I really appreciate DeLynda being such a good sport and allowing me to feature her on my blog.

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