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New Summer Top! Simplicity 2922

I got to spend the entire afternoon sewing today and I must say it felt good to spend a few hours doing what makes me happy.  It didn’t hurt that I had a very cute helper puppy who kept coming to check on me and give me a look that was somewhere between “I love you and you’re awesome and interesting and I could watch you all day” and “I’m soooo bored because nobody EVER plays with me and now I have to go sleep on your pillow in a huff”.  I highly reccomend puppy audiences while sewing, it’s good for the craftmosphere.

On to the sewing specifics, I was working on a pattern for a summer top that I had cut out and fit about 4 months ago.  The pattern is simplicity 2922 and I made the sleeveless yoke tunic pattern (the white top in the pic below).  This is one of the Project Runway patterns that Simplicity has been marketing for a couple years now.  The whole idea is that they are supposedly easy to sew and offer various yoke/sleeve/length options so that you can play designer and totally customize your look.  These patterns also tell you yardage for each pattern piece individually, so you can buy what you need for the exact combination you’re going for without the guesswork. Unfortunately they also suggest several embellishments to the budding designer that are a little more than unfortunate.  Large rinestones, beading or a lace hem?  I think not.   

Simplicity 2922

When I cut out the pattern initially I cut out a size 10, even though my measurements are closer to a 12.   I wanted something a little more form fitting and there appeared to be a lot of ease built into the top.  I used swedish tracing paper to trace the pattern pieces, cut them out and fit the pattern on my dressform.  That stuff is amazing, so much easier to work with than flimsy pattern paper.  After fitting I decided that there was going to be an unpleasant tightness in the armhole and decided to go with a size 12 in the yoke to give me more room and keep the size 10 for the body. 

I will say that the instructions were very straightforward and the sewing was actually a breeze once I got started.  I highly reccommend ironing at ever possible step on the yoke pieces to make every lay correctly!  My only issue seemed to be that the notches on the front yoke and front body pieces didn’t match up on my two different size pieces, but I was able to fudge it slightly and don’t see any evidence of a problem on the finished top.  I did end up taking about 2 or 3 inches off the hem length because it was originally tunic length and was hitting me in a very unflattering area (hello hips) and I decided to go with a long-ish top instead.  All in all I’m really happy with the way this top came out, I would definitely consider making it again and/or one of the dresses in this pattern envelope. 

Simplicity 2922 Sleeveless Yoke

I’m also pretty happy with the fabric I chose, you can’t really tell in the picture but the orange is pretty bright and not a color I usually feel like I can pull off with my skin tone.  I ordered this fabric online and when I received it I was a little worried, but I love the print and the colors are so happy and summery that my instincts told me to just try it anyway.  Just goes to show that you should trust you instincts, at least in the case of fabric choices. 

The best part about my sewing adventure today?  I like this top enough that I may wear it to work tomorrow, which cuts about 10 minutes out of my morning schedule!  Now I have to make the gruling decision of whether to sleep and extra 10 minutes or eat breakfast – knowing me it’ll probably be sleep.

June 20, 2010 at 10:02 pm 1 comment


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