Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Simplicity 2850

Pattern Review

Pattern: Simplicity 2850
Description: Knit mini dresses or top

Sizing: 4 to 18, I made a 12. Check the finished measurements on the pattern. This garment only has 1-1/2” ease allowed on the bust, so adjust accordingly to your comfort level.

Instructions: Good this is a relatively straight forward pattern. Simplicity does have you set in the sleeve in the round. Not sure that is necessary for a knit but I did it that way.

Likes/Dislikes: I liked the gathered neckline and the gathered sleeve bindings, an interesting design feature. The neckline is two pieces, one is cut like a wide binding and the another piece is the gathered neckline piece. The gathered piece is attached to the neckline and then it is sewn onto the garment. This gives a bit more stability, a good thing for my fabric, it was a bit thin.

Only one dislike, the neckline is not as gathered as it appears in the line drawing.

Changes: As I stated earlier, there is very little ease. I added a bit more to the pattern at the bust line and only sewed the side seams at ¼”. These adjustments were fine and I like the amount of ease now.

Fabric: A knit from my friend, Virginia. Here is the post about the fabric

Conclusion: A cute top that has the look of this Tory Burch Tunic, especially the 3/4 sleeve top (View D) I think I am going to make the dress but had a few inches, Stacy and Clinton (What Not to Wear) would say a woman in her mid-40’s does not need a mini!

I took pictures inside and belted my top. My belt selection is a bit lacking and this top would not need a belt at all.


Another belt


  1. So the gathered bindings!

    Pam, from ~Off The Cuff Style~

  2. Very cute, Lori! I love it with the second belt. That belt looks like it is made for the top.

  3. Your fabric is GORGEOUS!!!!

  4. Lovely top... the fabric is beautiful!

  5. Cute top! I do hope you'll post a picture of it on you when you have a photographer. Pretty fabric too!

  6. Your choice of fabric is PERFECT for this beautiful top! Well done!