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|Simplicity: 2964 (Misses Tops) - Type:Tops|
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Simplicity Pattern Info
|Pattern Rating:||Mediocre Pattern |
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|Fabric:||Cotton [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|Pattern Description: 'It's so easy' pattern- top with two options of sleeves; short or none.|
Pattern Sizing:Size A (10-22)
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?Yes.
Were the instructions easy to follow?Yes.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?I don't like the way they say to do the sleeves and cuff. It makes a weak spot on your garment and it is obvious, not that it looks bad. They have you cut a square notch in the sleeve and then you just hem the notch on the horizontal and sew the cuff onto it. The corners of the notch are the weak spot being held only by stay stitching. I'm not a model who just stands around in clothes and I want cuffs on my bicepts to be strong enough to hold if they get snagged on something. (I'm not graceful.)
The other thing is that it is too puffy for light weight cotton fabric in the bust, it would do okay in a very thin, drapable fabric, I think.
The neckline is very low. I raised it one inch for mine (a b/c cup) and 2 inches for my sister (an a/b cup). My daughter, who is large busted, would hang out the top because the band isn't wide enough for anyone with even a slight bump at the bust.
The good thing about this pattern is that it is easy to follow and it is slimming even on people 60+ lbs. over weight! Yes; totally true, I have seen it with my own eyes!
Fabric Used:Cotton calico that I had for quilting. It is mostly lavender but has some green and blue in it.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:I made two tops one for my sister and one for me: On my sister's I added 2 inches to the top of the bodice band and 1 inch to the bottom for more coverage. I had to alter the upper pieces that go up to the shoulder, taking off 2 inches, and the lower front, taking off 1 inch because of the bodice band alteration.
On my top I added 1 inch to the top of the bodice, it's really low otherwise. I also changed the sleeve by drawing in a cap sleeve line and making a casing for elastic instead of the cuff I don't like.
I made my sister's with a self fabric tie but I had to force myself to stitch it on because I didn't like it. When she came for the fitting I made her try the purple ribbon and she liked it better, so I picked out the original tie and put carriers on each side and threaded the ribbon through it. I have made it with a self fabric tie in the past and it looked good, so it was just my fabric choice that made it look blah.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?Yes. I have sewn it several times because my sister loves it. She also loves the cuffs but I make them a bit larger for her so as not to stress the weak spot, and I face the notch for strength. I have made one in a solid blue cotton blend and overlaid the bodice with black lace. This makes it a bit dressy but you can launder it with the kids clothes and no need to iron it.
Conclusion: I have made this top several times and each time I don't love it. My sister, does love it, so it may be that I'm biased because no one who sews work clothes would design that sleeve/cuff. I drafted a short placket that I will use next time I make it for her.
Both tops side by side, notice the sleeves?
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