Friday, November 30, 2007

Simplicity 3624

Pattern Review

Pattern: Simplicity 3624
Description: Misses’ Tunic and Top. Sleeve variations and length variations.

Sizing: 6 to 22, I made a 10

Instructions: Basic shirt construction instructions (wow, rhyming). I followed Simplicity’s instructions for the bodice and after that did my own thing

Likes/Dislikes: I liked the tunic look without the fullness of a tunic. Loved the shirred bodice and the sleeve variations

Changes: Let’s see:
*I added piping to the bodice seam. I thought my Missoni style fabric needed some solid fabric. A bit easier on the eye!
*I basted the piping to the bodice and then gathered the lower front. I pinned these two pieces together and stitched along my basting. Note: no sewing past midnight for me anymore. My gathering was all on one side. Talk about a lopsided top! I went to bed and the next evening, I did some frog-stitching. I decided a pleat might look better and I do think so.
*If you notice on the pattern drawings – the shorter shirts (D-E-F) have back ties. I liked this look and thought it would help if my tunic was too full. I used the solid black to make small ties.
*I added length to the lower front and back and also to the sleeves. I didn’t need to add it to the body of the garment. Easier to cut it off is my motto.
*I added ½” to the neckline but should have gone a full inch. Also, my shirt’s neckline appears to be wider at the shoulders. I would add more to the entire front neckline for a bit more coverage.

Fabric: Great Missoni style knit from Fashionista Fabrics, sorry I bought all she had. My intentions were a wrap dress but not quite enough fabric. The black knit is matte jersey from a Loes Hinse swing skirt in my closet, I wasn’t wearing it anymore and decided to repurpose the fabric.

Conclusion: Fun top, love the print and the style. I wasn’t sure about the pattern when I started but thought why not. Cute top with many ways to change the basic design.

Front view by my Christmas tree

Pleat and piping

Back view with tie


  1. Wow! Yours always come out looking so much better than the pattern. Beautiful!!

  2. Adorable, Lori! The piping was a great idea. I have never noticed this pattern but I love it. I just added it to my pattern list.

  3. the piping was a very good breaks up the pattern of the fabric enough that you can see the design details. nifty fabric!


  4. Anonymous8:50 AM

    Really like the top! The piping really looks great with the print. The tree looks pretty..great job on decorating.
    Donna W
    Edmonton, AB

  5. The piping is an excellent touch! Love the top! It reminds me very much of one of my favorite Burda WOF tops ... one I've made at least 4 times now. I'm definitely going to steal ... er ... be inspired by that piping for a future version. ;-)

  6. Looooooooove that fabric!!

  7. Gorgeous top Lori - I love your fabric choice and the piping is the perfect touch!

  8. It's BEAUTIFUL!!! I love the fabric and the piping detail! Well done again!

  9. Another great top! I love the style of this one and how its not too full. Your Christmas tree looks wonderful, too. :)

  10. Beautiful top. Love the piping idea. Truly great looking!