Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Simplicity 2254

Description:  Misses tunic or top with trim variations

Sizes:  XS-XL, I made a small for guess - yes, Erin. (I do sew for the others, Meredith is waiting on a trench and a dress)

Instructions:  Are good, easy to follow, yield good results.

Likes/dislikes:  The extras, the gathered shoulders and epaulets, sleeve variations, just all the possibilities.  I also liked a woven blouse in this style with no zipper.  Then the dislikes, a woven top with no zipper that gives you the maternity look.  Elastic in the back waist helps to reduce the maternity look but with the empire seam and no zipper, you still get a bit of the maternity look.


Changes:  I added buttons to the front, it just needed something in the front.

  Also, added a pleat in the back, just below the elastic waist.  I took in about 1" in the width and then stopped the pleat about 3" from the hem.  Erin has not worn it since this change but I think this should help the fullness.  It appeared to look better when I pinned the change on her.  Also, I cut off
1-1/2" from the length.

Fabric:  A cotton polka dot

Conclusion:  A cute top that needs some adjustments if you are trying to avoid the maternity look.  It does have great features and looks very cute on.  Erin has worn it to school and I think it will be cute with shorts this summer.

Pictures taken before hemmed

back view with elastic

Quick picture before she headed out the door for work, she had the back pinned to help eliminate the fullness


  1. Looks like a wardrobe staple to me. The finishing options you've added are smart.

  2. The buttons are just the right detail- they really make the top! I also love the wonky-polka dot print.

  3. I love the epaulettes on this, its a nice extra pop.

  4. Cute top! Erin is so tiny that she can wear this style of top without looking maternity. And I really like the bags in your last post.

  5. I'm working on this right now! I' glad to see it looks so nice finished.

  6. Another winner Lori! You are on a roll, and I am sure your daughter is loving her new wardrobe.

  7. I love the sleeve tabs, and the print is really fun. How blessed your daughter is to have you fill her closet!

  8. What an eye-catching top. I love it!