Sewing progress-Simplicity 1363

Yesterday and today were bright summery days with temps in the low 90's. DH did some shopping chores for us yesterday AM which gave me time to cut out the fabric for my new top-S1363.

I made some adjustments to the pattern.  With this pattern there was two side front pieces with xxs-s sizes on one piece and the other piece was for m-xxl.  Simplicity patterns seem to run large in the upper chest/shoulder/neck areas on me so I decide I would cut a small in those areas transitioning to medium from the bust down.  For the front I overlaid the xxs-s over the medium size for the front pattern piece and taped them together, as you can see here.

I lined up the straight of grain arrows and aligned the medium for the sleeve and bust area to provide the extra width I needed.  Normally with kimono sleeves like this I end up taking a deeper seam in the under arm area, so I made find the small to work better.  Better to have more to take deeper seam than less and have tightness.

I was able to sew the front piece before going out to dinner Saturday.  This morning I sewed the back pieces together with the back lower band.  I did make a 3/4 inch swayback adjustment and cut about 1/2 inch off the center part of the back band tapering to nothing near the side seam.  I know from the finished measurements for the back from waist to hem that this was going to be longer than I wanted.

I sewed the front to back at shoulders and began fusing interfacing to the neckband before stopping as DH and I planned to go out this afternoon to spend time doing some outdoors activities, just to pretty to stay in all day.  Here is the front and back on AlmaMarie

Back with back band attached.

Front view

I love this fabric!  Very light weight, yet not to fiddly to cut out or sew.  This I purchased from EOS in 2014.

Will share more as sewing progresses.


  1. I love your fabric too. This is a cute top. Lately, I adding more patterns to the list I should not have. Lol.

    1. Thanks Cennetta! I need to really be shopping my stash but JoAnn had a sale and bought a few more!


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