Pattern Description: "Misses’ vintage 1940’s tops have darted waistline. A, B with bias-bound jewel neck has long or short puffed sleeves; kimono sleeve C, D has buttoned shoulders and jewel or scoop neck. American Sewing Guild." (From Simplicity.com)
Pattern Sizing: 30.5-44 inch bust.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Not quite, because I used the sleeve cap of View A and the sleeve bottom of View B and omitted the bows. I also think that this would have been better in a light or drapey fabric instead of the Oxford I used.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes. Pay attention to where it says what seam allowance to use or where to stitch the binding and staystitch. I didn't and so had to spend a chunk of time with the seam ripper ripping out visible stitches.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like the gathering and how it's echoed in the sleeves. I like the tucks in front and back for shaping and the little button at the back.
I would have bias bound the back slit instead of doing a facing if I'd been writing the pattern. I may do that if I make another one.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I used the sleeve cap of View A on View B (I didn't think that the high puff would work for me) and omitted the bows. I'll probably sew the tucks a little higher in front to fit it to my waist a little better.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I'm planning to sew one of the other views very soon. I think that I'd be more likely to make the long sleeved version.