Monday, September 01, 2008

Simplicity 3759

I finally finished View B of Simplicity 3759. I swear I think I'm the slowest sewist on the face of the earth!

Here's the final deal:

It took two muslins to get there, but I really, really like how it turned out. I absolutely LOVE the blue paisley fabric (from Gorgeous Fabrics).

Speaking of muslins, the 2nd muslin turned out nicely enough that I spruced it up with some beads so it could be a "wearable" muslin. Made the necklace to go with it too.

Here's the official review for
Pattern Description:
Cropped pants or city shorts and knit dress or top, tunic or cropped top and sash.

I made View B - Raglan Tee with gathering at the front.

Pattern Sizing:
Multiple sizes available. I started with a size 18 and adjusted from there.

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

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Pretty much, although I did not really follow them closely. As others have done, I modified the construction order:
- Attached the sleeves to the front and back
- Attached the neckband
- Sewed the side seams

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like the amount of ease that's built in. It's less form fitting than other knit patterns I've tried, and in this case, it works well.

I didn't like how much the scoop neckline scooped, so I raised it by about an 1". (That's a personal taste thing though - no fault of the pattern).

Fabric Used:
Blue Paisley Knit from Gorgeous Fabrics.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
- Widened the sleeves, waist, and hips to fit me better.
- Raised the neckline by 1"
- Narrowed the neckband by about 3/8"
- Shortened the neckband by about 1"

I also stabilized the entire neckline using fusible bias tape, as the neckline stretched somewhat during the construction of the muslin.

I got the basic idea for this from here, and altered it to fit the circumstances.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes and yes!

I really like how this top turned out. The paisley fabric looks great. The pattern is reasonably easy to alter to fit and seems well drafted.