Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Sewing pattern review - Simplicity 2594

Overview: As I was tracing out patterns and planning to cut fabric at my parents, I had a sneaking suspicion that back home, on my sewing table, there were a couple of projects that I'd cut out.

Came back home, yup. Two projects on the cutting table.

This one was the first. I added this pattern to the list as soon as I saw Trena's version. I loved the laid-back, easy vibe of this top, and the fact that it would be perfect both with jeans and under a jacket for more formal dressing.

Fabric: My aunt bought me this fabric from India a couple of years ago. I've used some of it to make this dress. I still have a tiny bit left, though I'm not sure if it is enough to actually make anything. It is a synthetic that frays, and therefore required French seams.

Pattern: Simplicity 2594, view B. I cut a size 10.

Pattern adjustments: I took an inch out from the length to petite-size it, but that's it.

Time taken: Very little. I added some additional complication by using French seams, but this is still pretty easy construction. I did follow the instructions, but if I were to make it again, I'd skip the back facing and use bias-binding to finish the back edge. Or I might draft a front facing. There's a point where the front and the back meet at the shoulders that has some potential for seriously Becky-Home-Ecky sewing, if you follow the instructions.

Favorite bits: I love the cowl, I love the versatility of this top.

Unfavorite things:
Nothing. Love!

In conclusion: The last project of 2010 - I finished it ~2 hours before midnight, and I promptly wore this out to New Years Eve (it wasn't a super-dressy occasion, and this top made me feel pretty without being overdressed.) Yay!

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