Simplicity 8523: A Loose Top

Backtracking a bit: I finished the Vogue dress, except for the hem. The fabric around the zipper puckered, as it did on every seam, and the bodice fit loosely in a weird way, while the skirt was snug on my curves. I probably should have done a 16 in the shoulders and 18 in waist and hip.

On to the Simplicity 8523 top! I chose to make view D, the scoop neck with sleeves. I read others’ reviews of this top and I knew that it would be a loose-fitting top, which I wanted. I used fabric that I found at a thrift shop, something light…maybe a rayon challis? I already had the thread and interfacing in the stash.

front top

Whoops, facing on the loose!

I found this top to be easy to put together. This was my second time doing sleeves and I have some gathers that I know shouldn’t be there, but I’m choosing to think of them as slightly puffed sleeves. I might be able to avoid this by sewing them in the flat, rather than in the round, as the pattern instructs. You can see this in the back view here (such an awkward view!).

back view

Back view, always so awkward.

The bust darts point to about an inch and a half above my bust apex, so that is something that I will adjust on the pattern for the next time I make this top.

There's a big difference here!

There’s a big difference here!

I believe I will make this again with the different variations. I wore it out for milkshakes and a stroll with my fella on a hot, humid night, and I found the blouse to me comfortable and breezy–the perfect thing for summer. The copious amounts of ease–I think it’s 6 inches or so–allow for airflow under the shirt.

I can move!!!

I can move!!!

The side vents allow room for hips.

The side vents allow room for hips.

After I work on inserting sleeves better and lowering the bust dart, I feel that this will become my go-to woven tee pattern. What are some basic woven tee or shell top patterns that you like?


Quick Post: A Cheery Simplicity 2444 and Simplicity 1609 in Action

I’m writing this post on my phone, so apologies if anything seems odd. I recently wore two Simplicity dresses that I made a while ago. I learned then that, due to my weight gain, they’re rather unflattering now. 😦

I wore 2444, made of cotton sateen, to a summer wedding. No shots from the wedding, but here are some from the kitchen.





I wore 1609, made of linen, to lunch in the French Quarter one decent weekend. I felt so Southern that I asked my boyfriend to take a picture.

Team GirlTrek!

Team GirlTrek!

I mentioned that I don’t like the way I look in my clothes right now. I’ve been working on that by walking and occasionally cycling. I joined a women’s walking group and I walk regularly with my boyfriend. I’ve also increased the amount of veg and fruit that I eat, and decreased my portions. I hope to see some changes soon.

Me, after a walk in the woods. So much sweat!

Me, after a walk in the woods. So much sweat!