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|Simplicity: 3786 (Misses Tops) - Type:Tops |
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|Fabric:||Cotton [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|Pattern Description: Misses tops with front and sleeve variations. |
Pattern Sizing: 6 - 22
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, with my one change to the neckline. I sewed View D, which has a pintucked bodice and 2-piece long sleeves.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes - but View D is not an 'easy' pattern. Some experience with collars, pintucks, gathers, and princess seams is assumed. I've also sewn View A in the past. It has a simple kimono wrap front and hemmed sleeves. It is uncomplicated, the instructions are fine, and it is a good starting point for someone interested in working through the variations in the pattern.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? View D is so feminine and right on trend for this spring and summer!
The long sleeve is constructed from upper and lower pieces - the lower being gathered and full. I like the slight off-shoulder look and the proportion of the two sections. The sleeve length is perfect for me and the wristband, which is plain and has no elastic, is roomy without gaping.
The back of the blouse has a small gather just above the waistline. It is simply a 6" long attached casing, through which a small elastic is drawn. It's a nice little touch and gives just a hint of shaping to the back view. The upper back is wide and works really well for me - but you might want to measure and adjust this piece so that your armscye stays where it should be.
The front bodice has princess seams - my favorite!
Fabric Used: My fabric is Maggy London dotted swiss from Fabric Mart (online). It is sooo soft, much like a gauze, and has flocked dots and delicate flower embroidery.
I pre-laundered it in the machine with another yardage of plain cotton, then dried them together on low as well. No loose embroidery or lost dots or wrinkles. Having fallen in love with it, from now on I'll wash it inside-out in a lingerie bag
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I had already altered my tissue for a couple adjustments when I sewed my first version (reviewed on my blog and on PR): I moved the bust apex down 2 inches and added 1 3/4" to the bottom hem (I'm a bit over 5'7" and cut a size 14).
For this version, I wanted a neckline design that suggests a peasant blouse (the original pattern has a mandarin collar). I used a simple self-fabric binding on the neckline and let it fall down about 16" on each side of the center front. It can be tied or left loose. And it was easy to do! I cut a 1 1/2" x 46" bias strip, which was longer than I needed - but better safe than short!
A pic of the binding pinned to the neckline.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I'll definitely be sewing this again, it has become one of my favorite patterns. The variations are so versatile, great building blocks for many different looks. Recommend for anyone interested in these styles.
Conclusion: I'm very happy with my first peasant blouse of 2012! Comfy, soft, flowy - and really well suited for jeans and leggings! Lots of pics and info on my blog.
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