Monday, June 7, 2010

Details of Simplicity 2599 Top


We luckily made it to and from England without any volcanic interference.  In fact, we had amazing weather - in the mid 80's in London, and only a day and a half of rain throughout the rest of the week.  Despite my fears, we adjusted to left-sided driving.  While the roundabouts were shockingly easy (why don't we have them in the US?  So much better than stoplights!), the tight, narrow roads, flanked by high hedgrows, took some getting used to.  Some "roads" were essentially Victorian-era, one lane cart paths that were supposedly 2 lane roads.  My cousin said that an oncoming car often has to reverse backwards down a lane to allow the other car to get through, which can lead to show-downs as to who is going to back out.  And I thought my commute was bad!

Here are more pictures of Simplicity 2599, the top I made before left:




As you can see, it's not a particularly fitted top.  In fact, it doesn't look particularly flattering in the first picture!  But the blousiness makes it more casual than a fitted shell like McCalls 5661 (which I made last year). 

I originally cut this in a size 10, C cup (this pattern has cup size variations, a lovely bonus) but it looked huge when held up to a RTW shell in my closet.  I cut down to a size 8, but when sewn the top was a bit tight at the hips.  To loosen the area, I ripped out the (French!) seams 3 inches up the sides, and made vents.



I lazily finished the top closure with a snap (hidden in the picture below) as I made an error in the placement of the button loop when stitching.  It can be seen peeking out at the top of the seam!



This pattern is easy and basic, and should work in both casual and dressy fabrics; it's a definite-make again. Perhaps my next version will be the view with cascading ruffles. 

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Are you ever inexplicably attracted to an incredibly random pattern?



This arrived in my mailbox from Ebay today.  It's a double-breasted, poufy-sleeved, tunic-length blouse.  I am strangely drawn to its uber-low cut neckline.  New patterns wouldn't have the guts!  I can see myself it for fall in the cream silk (perhaps this crepe de chine from Gorgeous Fabrics).  Camisole underneath optional: it is an 80's pattern after all.

19 comments:

Cath said...

I had a dress made in that style... circa 1986. It was lilac, some sort of crepe. Double breasted, shoulder pads, elbow-length sleeves down to my mid-calf. I teemed it with some charming lace cutoff gloves (yes... Madonna was an influence).

Marybeth said...

Looks like you had a great trip - and the blouse looks wonderful on you... I really like the color :)))

Gail said...

Lovely top and it doesn't look 'dumpy around the middle'. Simplicity are on sale in Australia now. I was considering this pattern but in the end decided to copy from a shell top pattern I already have.

Angela said...

Cute top! I love the ruffles! Can't wait to see your finished 80's shirt jacket!

toy said...

I'm going to try this simplicity top just because you made it look so good

Eugenia said...

I'm so glad that you had a great vacation, and some good weather! Your Simplicity top looks lovely - casual elegance! I really like your new pattern, those narrow lapels are very appealing.

Karin said...

Your top looks nice, no one would ever notice the little changes you had to make. I am glad that you had such nice weather. Today is a little cool and rainy in my part of England.

Betty Darling said...

looks fantastic, lovely fabric choice! Cup size is a great addition to patterns, I'll be keeping my eyes peeled for that in future.

The Slapdash Sewist said...

Such luck with the weather! The rain didn't want to ruin your fashionable parade.

AfricaLiving said...

De-lurking to say that I spent Saturday morning at the millenium bridge and Tate Modern near where I believe you took these photos in London. I feel like I may have actually seen you out of the corner of my eye- where you there then?

meli88a said...

Hey, come up to Boston. There are plenty of traffic circles there, and in Cambridge where I live. You're the first person who I've heard say nice things about roundabouts. :)

amber said...

I'm glad you had a great vacation. I think the top turned out so well - I'm happy to see pics of it on you. :)

Sheila said...

The top looks good on you and comfortable.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

I hope you had a great time in London! But what is absolutely amazing is to see the progress you are making in your sewing! The last dress was fabu and this top is working it out! You should be proud of how far you've come and how wonderful your garments now look and fit!

Sindy in Tulsa said...

Looks like you really enjoyed your stay in London! The top looks fabulous and comfortable at the same time.

Lily said...

Oooo I love the 80s top! That neckline would look hot! I'd totally wear something that low cut. Hope you have fun in England!

Jana said...

The neckline ruffles are lovely as is the color!
Jana

Anonymous said...

Beautiful shirt dear. Looks very comfortable. I dare say you where brave to take on (at such early stages of learning to sew) a shiny slippery fabric! If I may suggest, you might want to keep an eye on your tension dial next time. Several practice runs on a scrap until stitches are balanced (all the same size back and front of garment) would do the trick. Good luck and hope to see more of your work!

Anonymous said...

I'm not a fan of the 80s, I wouldn't make that top, the simplicity ruffles top is very popular and I love it. I would really hope people steer fairly clear of 80s styles ,they should never come back, was like 40s on steroids and I do like 40s but I don't think shoulder pads every should have gotten larger than that.