Monday, April 12, 2010

Pattern Challenge: Simplicity 8523

I was finally able to get pictures of the top ON me...
scroll all the way down to the bottom of the post to see them.

I finished yet another top because I just can't seem to help myself. I used Simplicity 8523 (View B - sleeveless with rounded neckline) and this was by far my favorite top to make for the Pattern Challenge. The packaging illustrations aren't all that enticing (see the picture below) but it's a great shape with several variations. And the embellishment possibilities are just about endless. All that said, I heartily recommend this pattern. Want to make a top? Go out and get this pattern!

Hopefully, I'll get some shots of me actually wearing the top.
I haven't been able to coordinate good lighting with my husband being home...

detail of the button and loop at the neck

The Basics: Simple construction using facings for the neck and armholes (as opposed to bias binding to encase the raw edges). Facings are more time consuming but the result is always worth it. It was the first time I've done darts and they're easier than I thought.

The Good: It has a great finished look and the instructions are easy to follow.

The Bad: I don't have anything bad to say about this pattern...

Modifications: The only changes I made were adding the patterned fabric at the bottom and encasing the hem with ribbon rather than actually hemming it. I didn't want to lose the length by hemming it up and this was the solution I came up with.

detail of the slits at the sides
I love how these look!
detail of the hem and back center seam
why I love facings...
the inside has such a clean look 

The top actually being worn by me...
you can see how cute the darts are here

and you can see the very cute button closure here
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  1. oh that is way cute, might have to try that pattern!

  2. Beautiful construction! Can't wait to see it on you.

  3. Very cute - I love the patterned fabric at the bottom!

  4. Amazing! I love it! It looks like it's constructed really similarly to Simplicity 2599 which I've made 3 times now! Did you tack down the facing, or does it manage to stay down on its own pretty well? Love it!

  5. Looks so cute on you! Great job!

  6. I'm working on this pattern right now! I've opted for view F with a V neckline. I've never followed a proper sewing pattern before! Am struggling with the neckline facing. Hopefully my top will turn out as nice as yours!


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