Simplicity 2891
Or how to sew and stay happy, in 5-minutes increments.

(Yep, I copied the model’s pose. Up to the hair band! She looks so darn cute, don’t you think?)
Pattern Description: Misses’ tunic or top with sleeve and trim variations

Pattern Sizing: 6-14. I cut a 6.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? I think so?

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes.
Except there’s a mistake on the pattern for the sleeves’ gathers: they ought to extend from one outer dot, beyond the middle dot and on to the other outer dot. Unmissable mistake, though, and easy to fix.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I was attracted by its girliness. I like the yoke and love the gathered sleeves.
This top doesn’t have a zipper, yet is designed for non-stretchy fabrics. While this often means a top will look like a tent, I think here that the designers managed to give the top just enough ease to pull it through the shoulders, without making it too large.
I mean, OK, it’s not the MOST flattering top in the world, but I have plenty of close-fitting tops and this, paired with fitted jeans, doesn’t look half bad IMHO. It looks relaxed and breezy. (I think?)

No dislikes.

Fabric Used: Cotton eyelet, in my favourite shade of blue. Another fabric Seb chose with me, so it’s in our favourite colour (we got this one at Bouchara).

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
– I did a FBA (my first serious FBA!).
– Instead of using fusible interfacing, I underlined it with white organza, because my fabric was see-through.
– I swapped steps 25 and 27: instead of sewing the sides and the sleeves’ underarm seam, then attaching the sleeves to the top, I first attached the sleeves to the top, then sewed the side and underarm seam in one go. This made handling the sleeves’ gathers much easier.
– Almost forgot! I shortened the top, and narrowed the sleeves a little.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes to both. I would love to make a version with the yoke in a contrasting fabric.

Conclusion: A cute little top that was fun to make and is nice to wear.
I almost decided on adding some lace as per the pattern picture (my initial idea), but with this eyelet fabric, I was afraid in the end that it’d look too lacey and maybe give away its homemade origin 😉

I believe it looks sleeker, and younger, without added frills.

45 thoughts on “Breezy

  1. Redwitch says:

    Very pretty top, the colour is lovely on you 🙂Good luck with the writing – the end is in sight!(BTW didn’t have chance to comment at the time, but your amethyst coat was gorgeous!)


  2. karenv says:

    Such a pretty top and your favourite colour too 🙂Congratulations on getting your last chapter done – it’s all downhill from here! 🙂


  3. Claire says:

    The top is very cute and you are far cuter than the Simplicity model.Congratulations on finishing the last chapter. Even though you may have to tweak/change some of it, you are nearing the end.


  4. Bonnie D. says:

    Very cute top! Kinda 60s retro looking. Makes me want to start singing that “I’d like to buy the world a Coke” song. LOL! The little trim around the yoke is perfect. I think you were smart to stop before adding the lace.


  5. Summerset says:

    Very cute! How nice to steal a few minutes here or there and make a top. Congratulations on the last chapter. I know there will be editing to do, but you’ve really hit a milestone!


  6. Sue (aka moushka) says:

    Very cute top, Isabelle. I kind of like the definition provided by the trim. What about a bit of narrow white silk or satin ribbon around the yoke? I think it would give it a nice finish. JMHO. It looks lovely the way it is, though. Congratulations on getting your last chapter done. You must be thrilled that it went so smoothly. May I ask what your topic is?Sue


  7. Karen says:

    Congratulations on both the top and the ninth chapter – we all know which is the bigger accomplishment, but it’s a great top as well. You can lounge around in it while doing your edits and realizing that what you wrote on your break was NOT total crap. Bravo.


  8. kitou says:

    j’aime toujours autant et te trouve toujours autant si jolie mais je comprends rien lolje regarde les photos et j’adore!!!bravo ma KittyTa Kitou ki t’aime toujoursBisous


  9. Jennifer/OH says:

    Yes, I too like it without the lace. The eyelet is lovely enough on it’s own. I am still debating whether to make the Butterick dress. Still haven’t bought the pattern and I found a lovley dress in a shop that is very similar to it, fits well and was a reasonable price. I have so few ocassions to wear dresses that I think to make another would be just another garment sitting in the closet until it is hopelessly out of style.


  10. Lisbeï says:

    Hello ma chère Isabelle !Alors là, j’avoue que j’adore vraiment ce nouveau petit haut ! L’encolure, les manches, les fronces, le tissu … bref, tout me plaît ! Et tu le portes très bien !Je t’embrasse bien fort, ébouriffe la miss pour moi …


  11. Tracy says:

    So pretty, Isabelle! I love the pale blue fabric…and that you did a more “simplified” approach without the frills, etc. The retro-flair is terrific. Looks like a very stylish and comfy top for summer days! ((HUGS))


  12. Dyan says:

    Hi Isabelle,I just came across your blog a few days ago and loved your creations. I like the top too and the eyelet fabric you chose. Since it’s summer, I bet it would look cute with some shorts for a day at the beach (I like to cover up – a bit shy you know). Kudos for your chapter. I write too and it’s th best feeling when a chapter just flows together without effort.Dy


  13. Lennu says:

    Congratulations for your chapter! Your sewing is always so wonderful, seeing these photos almost makes me want to start sewing clothes again 🙂 I used to sew lots of clothes for kids and myself earlier.


  14. brodstitch says:

    Ton “petit haut” est superbe,tu sais que je m’arrête au résultat :o)) mais les couturières doivent être ravies de tes explications.une petite retraite à la campagne ,quoi de mieux pour se reposer??


  15. Lisbeï says:

    Hello my dear friend !I hope your not to hot in your tiny flat in Paris ! Here, there is a lot of sun, but my library is air-conditioned, so it is supportable.The wedding was very nice, the bride was very pretty … and she is pregnant !!! The baby is to come in December … We are very happy for them !Have a good week my dear, and give a hug to Little Miss Fluffy who must suffer with such a heat !


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