I’ve just finished making a top from Simplicity 2917, I bought the pattern for the summer dress designs, I do like long cotton dresses in the summer. However I noticed that the top (they call it a tunic!) looked rather nice and I decided it would be useful to try out the sizing on a top before I splash out on 4m of fabric.
The dress and top have a very flattering sweetheart neckline, princess line, with a choice of cap sleeves, 3/4 length sleeves or sleeveless. It zips down the back.
Last time I was in Leeds Market I fell for some dark blue fabric with a pretty flower design, like a calla lily. I’d seen it on line a few times and been tempted by it so I was pleased to see it much cheaper on the market. It’s what I would call a crepe, it’s not a fabric I usually go for as it doesn’t appeal to me on touch that much, but I must admit, it’s made up beautifully!
I decided to make it up in a size 12, increasing the hip to a 14, as I’m a bit paranoid about my bum! The very first seam was the centre front and I must admit that was the only bit I wasn’t happy with. The pattern has a centre front seam, now it is a perfectly straight seam cut on the grainline. I stitched the seam only to realise that my pattern didn’t match across, now I could have spent ages cutting out another pair trying to match the pattern across the seam. I chose to cut it out again but this time I placed it on a fold, omitting the centre seam completely. So I was clearly meant to buy that extra 1/2 metre I got cheap because it was the end of the roll!!
After that, the top went together beautifully, the instructions were clear and easy to follow. The cap sleeves are lined, stitching the lower edge first, which made a very neat finish. I prick-stitched the neck-facing down to ensure it didn’t creep up.
I’m really pleased with the top, it fits nicely, though I think next time I might risk just making a straight size 12. It drapes beautifully and I think I will be wearing it a lot this summer. Looking forward to making a dress now, I think this is going to be a well used pattern!