Monday, April 14, 2008

Simplicity 3918

Pattern Review

Pattern: Simplicity 3918
Description: Misses’ Knit and Woven Tops

Sizing: 6 to 22, I made a 12. I based this on the finished measurements on the pattern piece and my knit had limited stretch. I am very happy with my choice.

Instructions: This is a very, very simple top. I did look at the instructions for the bodice but after that I just sewed.

Likes/Dislikes: I like that it was just what I needed to recreate my inspiration top. This one from Anthropologie be sure to check out the back view. I thought I would have to do some redrafting or pattern combining but thanks to this Simplicity pattern, I didn’t have to. This was the first pattern I looked at in my cabinet and it was just right.

I wasn’t sure about the bodice/sleeve pattern piece. This is all one piece but it drapes beautifully and looks very nice on. This is a quick pattern but you have 6 great looks to choose from, another like. My only dislike- why didn’t I try this pattern sooner?

Cut the lower front in three sections to recreate the inspiration top’s look. Cut the lower back on the bias for the same reasoning.
If I made it again I might cut the center front on the fold but the seam sure makes the v-neck easy to turn under.

Fabric: The stripe and circle fabrics are from Needle Nook Fabric, the blue I had in my stash.

Conclusion: A fun top with a cute, summery look.

Here is my top, I had to pull the top back to have the gathers hit the dress forms' chest, I lenghtened the bodice 1" and it fits my long torso just right.

Back view:

Bodice - sleeve piece.


  1. Cute top! That looks very springy and fresh. I love that inspiration top, too.

  2. Lori,
    love that top! I never would have given a second look to that pattern but now that I see that you have made it and it looks so good I am going to get this pattern and get it sewn up this weekend.
    Donna W
    Edmonton, Alberta

  3. Cute top. The is cute and nice inspiration. Good job.

  4. Very trendy! Well done!