Yeah! I finally have a finished top. My previous attempts at the Willow Wrap top ended up not being successful. Both were due to operator error. I will successfully make this pattern in the future. Yet decided that I needed to move on to another pattern. I chose Simplicity 9275.
Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Simplicity 9275 and UFO
I decided to make the short sleeve version using the leftover fabric that I purchased from Sly Fox Fabric.
I decided to use Size 14 for shoulders and upper chest, tapering to size 16 for the bust to bottom. Given weight change and fitting issues with the previous make, I know that I can reduce the size if too large but not much can be done with fit adjustments when too small.
I made my usual 5/8 inch FSA, 5/8 inch swayback adjustment, and made bust adjustment using Sandra Betzina's princess seam FBA.
Simplicity patterns run a little large on me and I shaved off some of the shoulder width and took deeper seams starting at the top of the princess seam tapering to 5/8 inch seam allowance above the bust.
The pattern has a neck facing for front and back. I normally don't use this type of facing with knit tops but did stick to instructions and I am happy with the outcome. I sewed a 5/8 seam allowance for the side seams. I thought about taking a deeper seam at the waistline. I didn't do this but after wearing I may make that adjustment.
We planned a trip to Wilmington, NC for Monday to meet up with long-time friends who were staying in Myrtle Beach. We had not seen them in over a year. I wore the top for that meet-up. My DH photography skills were lacking that morning and I was not too happy about the end results. I did some cropping to be able to post my completed top today.
I think I could have reduced the front upper chest area as there seem to be some folds there.
The back is a little full also in the upper back area. Sizing down for the next one is required.
I like the side view look and the top is skimming over the tummy. It is definitely a boxy look and in style with that trend. It was very comfortable to wear and that particular day was rather warm and I thought the ponte knit might feel hot and it did not.
The instructions were okay. They point out at the beginning of the instructions that you can use a serger/overlocker. Yet the instructions do not reference an option to serge the seams. I think this is a good pattern and with a few tweaks, I will definitely try the view the model is wearing closer to fall.
I am currently working on the Love Notions Melrose top that I started and did not quite finish. I did not complete it as I did not have white buttons for this. When I finally got them the weather had changed to fall temps and put this aside. I also needed to stitch down the cuffs which I did and not getting ready to make buttonholes and sew the buttons.
I love the feel of this fabric and the look of this top. I will make another one in the near future.
That's all for now.
at May 12, 2021
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