Simplicity 2917; tunic

Simplicity 2917I’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.

Simplicity 2917Last 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!

Simplicity 2917I 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!!

Simplicity 2917After 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!

Simplicity 2917

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I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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12 Responses to Simplicity 2917; tunic

  1. Thimberlina says:

    Good idea to get rid if the centre front seam, looking at the pattern envelope it seems unnecessary anyway. Love the fabric, was it from fletchers? Might have a look next time I’m in Leeds 😀

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  2. Your top looks great and fits you really well. Love the fabric too!

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  3. Very, very pretty; I love that tip re: the center front seam, you made a good choice omitting that. I don’t sew many clothing items but that might change, I do really like this top!

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  4. This top looks lovely. I’ve only tried making clothes a few times, and although I’ve had decent luck with A-Line skirts I’ve never been able to successfully pull off a top or a dress with a princess seam! Thanks for joining in Crafting Comment Karma again AND for adding us to your sidebar! 🙂

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  5. Christine says:

    Perfect top! That fabric is really nice.

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  6. Sally P. says:

    Very pretty! I typically shy away from garment sewing because I don’t like to have to make any sorts of pattern adjustments (mostly because I don’t know how and haven’t taken the time to learn…)

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