|Pattern Description: Simplicity Easy to Sew Tops with front inverted pleat with sleeve variations.|
I made view A the thin strap tank, but eliminated the funny front flap thing-y.
Pattern Sizing: 6,8,10,12,14. I made a size 12 which was my first mistake and I should have known better by now that Simplicity sizing is enormous and should have made an 8.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, I think so
Front of top
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, they were easy and great for a beginner to handle.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I wanted to copy this look for a little top, and this pattern did the trick.
I also like how the pattern instructions includes the method for finishing seams with serging, double stitched seams, or my favorite, french seams.
I like the front inverted pleat detail as well, but you can see how low this top sits on my mannequin's front.
I disliked how HUGE this turned out for my size suggested on the back of the pattern envelope. I actually nearly finished this top months ago and after trying it on, it was so large at the arm hole, the neckline and sides, that I tossed it aside and added it to my UFO pile out of frustration and dissapointment. So sad! I should have gone by the finished garment measurements instead.
Fabric Used: Silk charmeuse in a lovely navy blue I found in the New York ends pile at Mill End Store in Milwakee, OR. I used the wrong, non shiny side as the right side for this top, and the skiny side to make the binding strips
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I eliminated the front "wings" (a.k.a. the collar according to the pattern pieces) and made another bias binding strip to finish off the front of the neckline.
To adjust the fit after sewing nearly the entire top, I had to rip out the armhole binding and french seams half way down the side seams to take in the side seam a good wedge in order to make this top smaller and wearable. It is still too large, but I plan to wear another top, such as a little tube top or nice strapless bra under this as it is far too low and will show side boob for sure.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I would make this again, and recommend it to others, but beware of the very generous sizing on this pattern and CUT A SMALLER SIZE!
Conclusion: Love this top, it just needs some major fitting adjustments before cutting and sewing for best results.