I am at home with the kids asleep in bed, unwinding from a LONG, productive day. My unwinding usually consists of a warm cup of tea, a small plate of dessert, and soft music or just a TV on for background noise. Now that I am relaxed and typing...
Remember Simplicity 1805 from my last post?
Well, I think I recall saying there were only two pattern pieces (there are actually three), but that I would probably find a way to mess up even this SIMPLE pattern. I confess. I did exactly that.
The first time I attempted this shirt I cut up my gorgeous Maggy London Ponte Knit in Cream. Everything was coming along well until I decided to make some adjustments. You know, my usual square shoulder here, forward shoulder there deal. I got stuck adjusting for a forward shoulder while sewing a dolman sleeve; however, I thought I was a genius when I realized I could just move the seamline. So I did.
When I tried the size S shirt on, it was much too big. I knew then I should have sized down to an XS. No problem, I just adjusted everything the necessary amounts, only I forgot about the neckline. Which lead to this:
|Left: Neckline BEFORE|
Right: Neckline AFTER (noticeable gaping with movement)
I re-did the neckline four times, and just could not get it to sit right. If I stand perfectly still, it looks great. But when I move, you could definitely see the neckline pull away. So, I ended up letting it go...
And instead, I tried my luck with an ITY knit I've had in my stash for a couple of months now. This one is also from Fabricmart Fabrics. It was a little slippery to work with, but my walking foot made things easier.
Let me tell you...this top is wonderful!!! Not only is it simple to make--it is beautiful to wear! Hence, I like to call it "simply beautiful." Wearing this made me realize I need more pairs of dress pants to round out my wardrobe.
I sewed a size XS. If you sew this, go with a size smaller than what you usually wear. You can always grade the waist seams, but trust me, you want to size down for this one.
For adjustments, I only did a 1/4" square shoulder, and it fits me well. I will probably drop my forward shoulder adjustment unless I sew more fitted woven garments. It doesn't seem necessary.
For construction, I continued my serging efforts, and finished most of my top with it. Here are some "inside" photos for this one:
I will definitely sew this top at least one more time, because it is worth it!! When my husband saw me in it, he said "Wow! It looks designer, like a real top!" He even requested more of this one! Now that is a request I don't mind honoring.