Monday, March 28, 2011

Spring Break Fail!

Well, my goal was to post a lot over spring break.  That obviously didn't happen.  I did lots of sewing though!  My biggest problem, as usual,
 was taking pictures...I was the only one home for most of the day, I didn't bring my dress form home with  me, and it was way too cold to go outside in short sleeves!

Now I'm back at school but it's still very cold.  Until it warms up, my dress form will have to do!

This is Simplicity 2936, view D (the purple one) with some alterations.  I love this pattern--only 4 pieces, very versatile, and easy to put together!  My only complaint is that this pattern has a TON of ease.  I cut my usual size 12 but ended up taking it in to probably about a 10.  

I extended the back darts all the way to the hem because there was so much excess material at the bottom.  I also left the elastic out of the sleeves because I feel like puff sleeves make my arms look bigger.  I thought that maybe they'd just get that draped effect but I should've known that quilting cotton wouldn't drape well!  Instead I cut off about 2 inches from the bottom and added a huge dart at the top to make them more fitted.

Finally, I hand-sewed some pretty lace onto the neckline and the sleeves.  I planned on doing two rows around the neck but I thought it might be too much.

I'm really happy with how this top turned out!  I like the neckline and the fit, now that I've altered it.  I think I might try view C, with the tie-sleeves and the collar, sometime in the future.  


  1. It looks great! I'd love to try this pattern out. I know what you mean about tonnes of ease - Simplicity patterns often are a little baggy on me :S

  2. Me too... I planned on getting a lot of sewing done over Spring Break and get caught up with schoolwork, all really productive things to keep me busy. Nope. Didn't happen!!! :P I slept in late every day. I was very lazy. Now I'm refreshed and getting inspired to sew again, especially after reading this entry :)

    Beautiful top! I love the print of that fabric. I think you did great. I would've left the elastic out of the sleeves too. I usually have to go down a size with Simplicity patterns, but that's my only complaint (so far!) with them.

  3. Coming over from Burda, I love all the details. The lace trim is such a nice touch. I agree, Simplicity always runs bigger than what they say in the sizing! I always thought it was just me.

  4. Your top is adorable, that fabric is really pretty! I admire you for getting such a great fit out of a Simplicity pattern indeed^^


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