Sew Productive!

Today was a good holiday. I completed my Simplicity 3759 knit top. Go here to see some photos. I am truly pleased with the fit of the top. I raised the neckline about an inch. I may not raise it that high next time but it works well like this for a top to wear under a jacket for work. I ended up taking deeper seams in both the front and back at the raglan sleeve area that attaches to the front and back bodice pieces. This may have been the result of the slinky knit and the need for a little more fit in that area due to the weight of the knit pulling down. I will make the top again and will use the same size as the idea for another top is not the same type of knit.

I started on the Vogue dress after completing the top. I had almost finished the top yesterday then got involved in doing other things. So only had to hem it this AM. Thus I began the dress by sewing the lining first. I am happy with the fit. I sewed the front and back yokes to the bodice pieces. I then basted the side seams after sewing the shoulders together. I basted the center back seam also. In trying it on, I think that I will need deeper darts in the back which is somewhat normal for me. The bust area fit well. I added 1.5 inches by using the seam adjustment method. Seemed to be okay. I may shave off some of the shoulder/sleeve area.

I am now ready to start on the fabric. Go here, and here to see some shots of the lining, nothing spectacular, but it is a good start. I also posted a shot of the lining overlaid on the fabric. I try when possible to cut the lining and fabric pieces together. Saves on cutting time. This was a technique I saw Peggy Sayers do on "Sew Much More".


  1. I really like the top and it fits you perfectly! You gave me an idea - starting with the lining... Could work for me, I hate sewing linings so maybe if I get it out of my way early, I would be happier :)


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