Sunday, March 18, 2012

Simplicity 2181

Pattern Description: Four options of tops. I made the version with the cinched center front.

Sizing: 6 to 24

Instructions:  They are concise and easy to follow, if you pay attention and follow the instructions and diagrams.  I just started sewing and had to unsew a couple of steps.  Do pay attention to the front side pieces and the front - make sure they are the correct way before sewing.  I think looking at the diagram helps tremendously.  I did not realize I had sewn this step incorrectly until I went to gather the shoulder seam.  My shoulder seam was very curved and I knew then I had made a major mistake!


  • the unique style
  • several options in one pattern
  • longer sleeves on View A
  • trendy look
  • holes for the tab to go through, a nice design feature but a bit a show-through
  • This isn't the pattern dislike but stripes probably wasn't a wise choice for all the pattern pieces
Pattern Changes:  None, this one is for Erin and I made it "as is" for the first time.  I might change the length of the tab after she wears it and I see the way the top hangs on her.

Fabric:  This is a very thin jersey knit, not sure where I purchased it.  It was a bit thin, making construction a bit more difficult.

Conclusion:  A great top with nice design features.  I plan on making it again for her and she wants some tops from View C for her honeymoon.

Shoulder gathers

back view

Front view, maybe need to tighten the tab.


  1. Looks great! I think you could tighten the tab just a tad, also. An easy fix.

  2. Oh, I like this! I hadn't noticed this pattern, but it looks like a good one to have for the summer with lots of alternatives.

  3. Great pattern with a few different top options. I might need to get that!

  4. Cute top and recently purchased simplicity's Its so easy 1849, which has views B & C

  5. Great top, Lori. I think I need to add this pattern to my stash. I could see making a couple of view C for my summer wardrobe.