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Simplicity: 2603 (Misses Knit Top and Cardi-Wrap) thumbsup - Type:Tops    printable version
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Posted on:1/21/14 10:21 PM
Project Photo:Simplicity: 2603 by Renren

Pattern Photo:Simplicity 2603
Simplicity Pattern Info
Pattern Rating:Highly Recommend
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Fabric:Supplex ®  [See other projects in this fabric]
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close up of neckband gathering

tacking down armhole band--Note: I removed the temporary tacking stitches.

side gathers at bustline

Pattern Description:

From pattern envelope:

Misses' Knit Top and Cardi-wrap with Front Variations

I sewed the knit top.

Pattern Sizing:

available in XXS to XL with misses' equivalents shown as 4-24

My envelope contains M,L and XL. I sewed an L at neckline and shoulders and underneath the armhole I gradually moved the cutting line out to an XL.

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


Were the instructions easy to follow?

Yes. I did, however, use instructions for constructing and attaching the neckband as described at Gorgeous Fabrics Blog. It is titled "A Better Way to Attach a Collar Band." It was a very helpful tutorial and I think I probably achieved better results than I would have with the pattern instructions.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

It goes together nicely and definitely is a step up from a regular tee.

There were no dislikes but I will say it took more time than I thought it would. I wouldn't call the steps fiddly, but you do have to take some care to get the armbands turned under evenly and to get the neckline gathers distributed equally to left and right from CF. (I had to redo this step.)

Fabric Used:

It is a red knit Supplex purchased from about a year ago.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

Okay, I have fewer gathers at the CF than the pattern is designed to have. This is because I was confused about how wide the neckline was and felt it would fall off my shoulders, so I slid the pattern to the right off of the fabric fold to remove about an inch from center front (neckline to hemline). My bad, as they say.

Also, I lengthened the front piece by 1 inch and then I distributed that extra inch starting 3/4 inch below the armhole over about a 3 inch length along the side seam line. This is a method I learned from Kwik Sew patterns which allows for a little more room at the bustline. I guess it's kind of a quickie FBA but really, it's more like getting more room without resorting to the use of a dart. I especially needed the extra room after my modification described in the above paragraph.

Also, when I turned in the armhole edge at the 5/8 inch stitch line, and then folded that in on itself, I hand stitched the turned in cloth because I could see there was going to be a tendency to roll with this knit. Like a slinky and a poly, it had a mind of its own and I wanted to make sure my final topstitching was straight so I had to convince the fabric to cooperate with me. This meant needle and thread. I did remove my hand stitching (of course) but I also removed the 5/8 inch machine stitch which was meant to be left in. It seemed a little like unfinished business leaving it in.

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

Yes and yes. I do think it might me a bit dressier than my normal tastes run so I doubt it will become a favorite but it's certainly nice for a change of pace.


I'm impressed enough with this top that now I guess I need to attempt the cardi.

I do believe for a 2nd one of these knit tops I would be inclined to find some of the metal rivets that are everywhere on RTW and try my hand at attaching those.
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Quickie said...
My attention was drawn merely by the beautiful red of this shirt. Your story about fitting was useful
1/22/14 0:10 AM
treefrog said...
Nice top Renren! The neckline looks great and I like the idea of the side gathers at the bustline. The rivets sound fun - you can also get hot-fix ones too
1/22/14 3:46 PM
katlew03 said...
Great looking top. Like the gathers.
1/24/14 9:24 PM
Margaret said...
Very nice! Great-looking neckband and gathers. This does look like a good design for adding embellishments onto.
2/4/14 12:29 PM
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