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Simplicity: 1642 (Misses Skirt and Top) - Type:Suits / Separates    printable version
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Reviewed by:ak21
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Posted on:12/15/13 8:13 AM
Project Photo:Simplicity: 1642 by ak21

Simplicity: 1642 by ak21  
Pattern Photo:Simplicity 1642
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Pattern Rating:Great Wardrobe Builder
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{ DESCRIPTION } Simplicity 1642 – top & skirt.

{ FABRIC USED } A red jersey knit purchased for €6/m.

{ SIZING } I cut my usual size. The bust area fits like a glove but I had to make adjustments to the sleeves because they were way to wide.

{ INSTRUCTIONS } Good to follow & understand.

{ CHANGES / ALTERATIONS } I cut 2 neck bindings in error & didnt want to throw the extra one out. Instead, I cut the extra one in half & used it to bind the sleeve edges. I topstitched the bindings down on both the sleeves & neckline giving them a nice finish. I used my twin needle to finish off the waist hem.

As I mentioned already, I also sewed that front gap shut!! Yes, SHUT. It looked really nice open but no matter what I tried, I just couldn’t get the edges of that opening to sit flat. If anyone has any advice on tape or some kinda trick then Im all ears. It was gaping & misbehaving like a child, I couldnt take it any longer.

{ LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY } Really quite simple if you dont have the gaping issues.

{ TIME } November. I was bad!!

{ SUM IT UP } While I do love the idea of the original top with the gap/slit in the front, I dont mind the shut-up version at all really. Its a fantastic basic tee for layering or for when comfort is key & lets face it, there’s less chance of catching a cold. Id recommend this pattern though even if you leave the gap out of the front all together & just use this pattern as a basic basic starter knit tee. There is nothing wrong with having basics in your wardrobe, especially when they come in the form of { RED }.

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imsewcrazy said...
LOVE LOVE LOVE this! I have never notice this pattern before. The color is great for the holiday. I think it looks great with the front gap closed. It would also look nice color-blocked.
12/15/13 8:21 AM
RadarRadiance said...
I really like what you did with the pattern to save it! I actually like it better and think you gave it a great design detail! Beautiful color too!!!
12/15/13 10:05 AM
halleyscomet said...
I actually like it better the way you did it!
12/15/13 10:45 AM
Renee' S said...
Your version looks great, love it. I looked at this pattern months ago, but decided I didn't really want the open front. Now it's on my wish list again, thanks for posting your review.
12/15/13 10:56 AM
thrillme said...
nicely done!
12/15/13 11:33 AM
sewingcanary said...
Hard to say what went wrong without seeing what happened, however if you cut the pieces on the fold each side may not be the exact same size and grain direction. Multiply the error by 2 for top and lower section. When cutting, it can be difficult to get the under layer to be the same as the top, especially with light knits. If thats the cause of the mis-fit, you could trace out the pattern so you cut full pieces instead of pieces on the fold. Also, knits are woven in bands, usually about 2-3 wide. Perhaps youve seen some of the newer T-shirts that look like theyre almost cut on the bias? Getting the grain of the knit straight across and perpendicular to the long grain is important in how things lie and hang. Everything needs to be lined up square before cutting, including the facings. Then pieces need to be squared up before pinning or glue-sticking. Its rare that hand basting is a waste of time. Lay them flat rather than holding pieces while you pin. Having a marked board can be very helpful. I have little space for cutting etc and have found one of the fold-up cardboard ones fabulous. Its covered with a 1 grid and includes 45 degree angles with parallel lines, and even includes some scallops, etc.. They are inexpensive and stashable. I love mine, not only for cutting but for pattern adjustments etc. What I think as straight sometimes proves to be off. Knits are forgiving in terms of fit, but can take more care in aligning before cutting and sewing. Hope this is helpful. Good luck on your next.
12/15/13 2:15 PM
ak21 said...
thanks all & thanks @sewingcanary for your comment. it is really difficult to deal with knits at the best of times so yes, it could have been that it wasn't sitting straight to begin with. although, the problem i was experiencing more was that the pressure foot seemed to be stretching the seam out making it gape....something Ive not had with knits before. it may be that my machine just needs a good service so I'm taking her in & will try a knit thereafter to see if its improved. it may also just be the nature of that knit. Either way, Im loving this red top & Im getting stacks of wear from it already. x
12/15/13 2:43 PM
SewLibra said...
Love the color and without the "hole" in it. Great save! Looks better than the envelope.
12/16/13 1:03 AM
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