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Simplicity: 2255 (misses tops) thumbsup - Type:Tops    printable version
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Posted on:1/8/14 9:57 AM
Last Updated:1/11/14 11:50 PM
Project Photo:Simplicity: 2255 by MrsCharisma

Simplicity: 2255 by MrsCharisma  Simplicity: 2255 by MrsCharisma  
Pattern Photo:Simplicity 2255
Simplicity Pattern Info
Pattern Rating:Great Wardrobe Builder
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Fabric:Shirting - Cotton  [See other projects in this fabric]
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Pattern Description:

Misses' tunic or shirt with sleeve variations Easy to Sew pattern.

I sewed view A with the shorter length...or view D with sleeves

Pattern Sizing:

6-14, I cut a 14 and did a botched 1/2" FBA.

Finished measurements: 41" bust, 37" waist.
My measurements 39" bust, 34" waist.

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

Uhmm. Kind of.

Were the instructions easy to follow?

They were! The first one I started about 2 or 3 months after learning to sew and many details were confusing. This time, absolutely no problems at all.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

I love the fit. I do have a bubble of fabric at center back (a length issue?) but since this is really a casual top, I don't mind. I need to compare other button front tops to this pattern because the bones of it works really well for me.

I *LOVE* that the button band is sewn on! The first button front top I attempted was Butterick 5678 and the folding is silly and unnecessarily confusing. I also like this for the option of using a contrasting fabric for the collar and band.

The mandarin collar is a little iffy. I have a short neck and I think I need to wear my hair down (rather than the very ratty twist/bun thing it's in now!) for it to not make me look stumpy.

And the sleeves.

The ease is good...there wasn't crazy amounts of fabric to ease in, but it's a straight sleeve...from the cap, it extends down in basically a straight line and you have to fold and fold and fold it before securing with the tab. I should have checked the sleeve length rolled up and then adjusted my tab to be where I'd want it to be...but I placed it according to the directions. I might actually chop off 2 inches so there's less sleeve to roll up! I wouldn't wear them unrolled because they are ridiculously big around the lower part of the arm, imo.

Fabric Used:

Cotton/poly (?) shirting from FabricMart in a "chambray".

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

1/2" FBA, 1/2" narrow shoulder adjustment.

Made the shorter length with sleeves, no pockets.

Used snaps instead of buttons.

Did not topstitch because I'm "just okay" with topstitching and was afraid it wouldn't be neat enough with the thread I had. It wasn't a perfect match and would have stood out. I could see it topstitched in white though.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

I will definitely sew this again. I would recommend it too.


It's a great little top that doesn't take too much fabric, fits well and sews up sort of quickly. Also, there are tons of variations you can take on the pattern.
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CraftAddict said...
Very nice. I'm going to have to pick up this pattern. It's a nice basic top and has so many variations. I like a lot of bang for my pattern buck.
1/8/14 10:39 AM
Adaire said...
Really pretty shirt!
1/8/14 11:26 AM
frame said...
This looks very nice. If the collar is too high, you can always cut it down a little bit. I have a short neck and find I have to do that with mandarin collars. :)
1/8/14 11:27 AM
MrsCharisma said...
Oh, that's a good point frame! See, things like that is where my "beginner-ness" shines through :) I have no vision! LOL! Thanks Adaire! Thanks Craft Addict!!
1/8/14 11:46 AM
swirlgurl said...
very nice! looks like a really versatile pattern.
1/8/14 11:56 AM
Rhoda K said...
Another winner - love this.
1/9/14 8:54 AM
charliegirl127 said...
Cute top.
1/9/14 10:16 AM
Levone said...
Nice looking top!
1/9/14 11:18 AM
MrsCharisma said...
Thanks all!!
1/9/14 2:25 PM
SewLibra said...
Great shirt! I love the mandarin collar. I just added this pattern to my wish list. :-)
1/9/14 4:53 PM
SewWil said...
Nice looking shirt!
1/12/14 0:05 AM
Barbara V said...
Cute shirt. It looks great on you and pairs perfectly with jeans & boots.
1/12/14 0:42 AM
MrsCharisma said...
Thanks!! It wears very well. Definitely going to be a 2014 fave.
1/12/14 9:35 AM
Sue Parrott said...
You are super cute in this! Well done!
1/12/14 9:39 AM
KensingtonCrab said...
Wow! Great top and cute outfit!
1/12/14 9:50 AM
Dellia45 said...
I love it. You look great in this shirt!!
1/12/14 9:53 AM
knitmachinequeen said...
You did a beautiful job. I love a good oxford shirt.
1/12/14 11:00 AM
valgal said...
Great job and where did you get those cute boots?
1/12/14 12:05 PM
sacjeanie said...
Mrs Chraisma - you have tons of vision. I've seen you create some wonderful things. You've taken to sewing like a duck to water. Bravo on a great looking shirt.
1/12/14 2:10 PM
MrsCharisma said...
Thanks everyone! Very much appreciated sacjeanie! I still get kind of miffed at myself for waiting so long to buy a machine and learn! I've been missing out on so much! :) Valgal from Sears of all places! And for like $7!
1/12/14 9:57 PM
canei said...
1/13/14 8:33 AM
carolynw said...
Really nice - good fit - collar and sleeves look good to me
1/13/14 6:57 PM
MrsCharisma said...
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