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Simplicity: 1543 (Misses' Tunic & Knit Pants by Patty Reed) thumbsup - Type:Tops    printable version
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Reviewed by:missyyz
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Posted on:1/4/14 12:29 PM
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Pattern Rating:Highly Recommend
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Pattern Description:

Misses' Tunic & Knit Pants by Patty Reed. Misses' loose fit tunic with ruched sleeve & front pockets

Pattern Sizing:

XXS to XXL I made a Large

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Yes, very much I think.

Were the instructions easy to follow?

Pretty easy. I was confused about the pocket markings, and couldn't really decide if I wanted pockets anyway. I cut the pockets and I may add them at some future time if I need the extra storage... For sure, if I use a non-print next time, I know that the pockets will add an important design feature.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

I liked almost everything about this pattern. I liked the look and length in the previous 3 reviews. This pattern also seems to run a tad big which worked for me. I wear an XLarge but I had to cut the Large because I was determined to match up the front/back fabric repeat markings.

Fabric Used:

A Poly-knit, reptile/snake print from EOS. It's wild and crazy but it actually feels like a cool heavy silk when worn. The challenge for me with animal print, is to avoid the "tacky middle aged lady trying too hard" look. So, here I am... with Polyester Knit, Snake Print, AND Ruching. Individually, any of those features might be a ticket to Tacky Town... Together, I was surely going to create a fashion abomination. But I ignored all that - The fabric spoke to me and said "make me into a polyester, reptile tunic with ruched sleeves", so I just went with it.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

Took note of Nenewhis' neckline adjustment and went with that change (muchas gracias !!!). I also didn't bother with the top-stitching around the neckline. My pattern was just so heavily printed that the top stitching and texture would have been lost on there (I just tacked down the facing at the shoulder seams). I cut a size smaller than I should have, and that worked out just fine too - lots and lots of ease. I didn't top stitch down the side seams either. I just serged them to the point of the side slit.

Would you sew it again?

Would you recommend it to others? I think I will sew it again (perhaps lower the print volume). It hides my tummy and it has a long silhouette that makes me feel taller. As for my print... I think it lands on the right side of the tracks... but only because this fabric is EOS. It just drapes so well and it's very well printed.


In a high quality fabric (dressed up with leggings and boots), this top can go out for a casual dinner and cocktails. In a more discount fabric, this top is still going to be great for running around every day. It floats away from the body and is very flattering. The pattern is easy for a beginner (or someone re-learning like me) and it sews up fast.

I may go with a more conservative fabric next time, but I still love my freaky python tunic. I recommend this pattern !
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prttynpnk said...
I love this!!! Care to be in the Jungle January style parade? We could use a little python.....
1/4/14 1:37 PM
Nenewhis said...
Ha, I am glad I ran across your review today, you made my day! I think your fabric selection is fabulous, I just love the print and it looks as though you did a wonderful job at matching the pattern on the side seams! Isn't this pattern a gem!
1/4/14 7:45 PM
swirlgurl said...
Looks great on you! well done!
1/5/14 9:33 AM
sassykat said...
Thanks for the review. I was looking at this pattern and was not sure about it but I think I will give it a try. It looks great on you and I love the fabric choice.
1/7/14 6:37 PM
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