May Garment of the Month

I decided to make Simplicity 1063
At first I was going to use both fabrics shown above.  In the end I decided that I had enough of the royal blue fabric to make View A, the red top, and would not use the floral print.

I like this pattern and I will make another View A top. I had to make some pattern adjustments and I still have an adjustment to make with the back. I made a FBA of one inch, using pivot and slide method but only adding to the front piece. I also made a 5/8 upper round back adjustment, 5/8 FSA and 3/4 inch swayback adjustment.

I still had some pooling at the back waist and had some fabric hanging up on my hip.  The back has an overlay that drapes and pleats which I liked so hopefully the other issues were not so noticeable when I wore this to work yesterday.  I did not notice this myself until I took pictures last night after work.  

I raised the front neckline has I thought this would be too low on me and for my wearing comfort this worked well.  I raised the v neck about an inch. 

Here is a little better picture of the back drape

I did not add the tab to the sleeve, my sewing machine was not liking the fabric to sew a buttonhole. I ended up cutting off about 3 inches, making the sleeves 3/4 length.

Final shot is a view of the side
The back overlay is basted at the yoke and side seam  and then stitched when sewing the side seam.  The instructions have you sew the sleeves in the round.  I sewed them flat then stitched the side seams from bottom of the top to the bottom of the sleeve.

The neckline has a facing and then topstitched an inch from neckline edge.

I like this top and do plan to make another, maybe with short sleeves and contrasting back overlay.  I truly got my money's worth with this royal blue knit fabric from Fabric Mart.  This is the second top made using this fabric.  Nothing but scraps left now!

Next project-Itch to Stitch Paulina top.  


  1. I think you're so brave to make this! The drape/twist - you got them right, very pretty.

    1. Thank you Coco! I do like the back drape. I think the knit needs to be one that is not so heavy as I think it will pull down at the yoke if it is. This was the right weight for this knit fabric.

  2. Very pretty - especially that color!

    What did you think of the facing on this? I made it when it first came out but abandoned it due to the facing.

    1. I think the facing could be a little narrower. I don't seem to sew v-necks well so the facing on this actually helped me with the v-neck. I have some RTW tops from Talbots that have neck facings and it seems to help the neckline lay better.

    2. Good to know!

      Maybe I'll retry it. It's so cute.

  3. I really like the color. I have been considering this pattern for quite some time only for my mother. I prefer not to add anything else to enhance my rearend. Thanks for the review.

    1. Thanks Andrea! I have stayed away from having fullness in the front as I don't need my tummy enhanced.


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