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

10 comments:

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

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  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.

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

    teri

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  4. Donna W8:50 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

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  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. ;-)

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  6. Looooooooove that fabric!!

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

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

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

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

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