Friday, March 30, 2018

Simplicity 8601

The cover photo sold me. It's such a cute top and in a stripe? Swoon. I also like the yellow version but wonder if the tie front and sleeves would be too much??

Anyway...on my little SR Harris excursion I picked up this blue striped shirting. I love the shade of blue and the stripe width. It wasn't until I was wearing it that I realized it is cotton poplin. I do not like poplin! I like the nice, smooth feel of it but don't enjoy wearing it.

The pattern is relatively straightforward; front and back, plus sleeves and facings. I used a size 14 and did a pivot and slide FBA. That is a strange adjustment for me...I prefer the traditional method. But sometimes, you just don't want a bust dart.

The neckline is HIGH on me. It looks really relaxed on the model; but I lowered mine 1/4" which was clearly not enough. After measuring and tissue fitting, I didn't need to add to the sleeve. You know what I always forget? Just because it'll FIT doesn't mean I don't need to add to it. So it isn't tight at all, it fits, but it's not as intended compared to the pattern. I should have still done my 1" bicep adjustment.

The front seam is sewn to a certain point and then narrow hemmed. Note how short the ties are on the model. The circle? It's at the waist! THE WAIST!!

Because I am silly, I took a bunch of pics and made a compilation of my "OH MY GOSH THEY WANTED THIS SPLIT UP TO MY WAIST!" My finger is where the original marking was on the pattern.

hahahahaha! 

I stitched it another 2.5". You can't go too far or you won't have much to tie. Also, I feel like the front isn't near as long compared to the sides as the drawing or pic indicates. 


I did a swayback adjustment but when you tie it, you pull it to the front and I think it looks a little messy. Maybe in a fabric that has more drape? Like the challis or georgette recommended :-p

Also, see what I mean about the sleeve?


I wore it to work yesterday and really liked this outfit.  I like the top but probably won't make this pattern again.

17 comments:

  1. I really like that pattern too, thank you for the review.

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  2. That is such a cute pattern. I love how you styled the top; it looks really great. That split was def going to be too high, they must have made a mistake, lol.

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  3. I love the "say what!" photo collage. Too funny! Cute top, I really like how you styled it with the necklace and shoes in the last photo.

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  4. It looks REALLY pretty on you - but I see what you mean about the neckline compared to the pattern picture - great job!

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  5. I really like the top in the blue stripe fabric (not poplin though). I've seen this type of tie front top where the front ties are not attached to the back--side splits--so the back hangs kind of like a high-low top. The neckline is definitely higher than the picture. But, all in all, I really like it. In a lighter weight fabric and a few adjustments, it could work.

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  6. I really love this pattern, is it a currant pattern? Looking on Joann Fabric site I couldn't find it. I want this pattern!!!! :)

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  7. I think it's darling! Save the pattern for a pattern swap during next Sew Camp ;) But what about in a jersey? g

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  8. Your "omigosh" pictures crack me up!! Cute top :)

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  9. I am right there with you regarding your OMG pictures.... I am very short-waisted and no telling where that original tie would have ended up on me. Thanks so much for your pattern reviews!

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  10. I love how quickly you make up patterns! I saw this one recently, and think you did a good job with it! I laughed at your collage too...the nerve of them, lol!!! I think the tie and how you styled it looks really good.

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  11. It’s cute! I can see why this might work better in something with more drape - I’m 100% there with you on the properties of cotton popplin. It looks great as an outfit though!

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  12. I just bought this, it looks so cute!

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  13. Very cute pattern, and you did a beautiful job with it. I understand your reference to perhaps using a fabric with more drape; nonetheless, your version of this top is excellent. Good job, as always!

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  14. great job. Who are they thinking of with the slit to Mother Nature and beyond. More drapey I agree. Will also not be makin this un.

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  15. I love it you know I picked up this pattern because of you
    I will surely do a bicep adjustment

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  16. Oooh I really like this on you! The tie is super cute, and whilst I think you pull off the poplin really beautifully ( i quite like the structured look!), I can see how it would benefit from a drapier fabric. Gosh though, that split was high!!!

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