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.


Adrienne said...

Cute tops!!!

Gorgeous Things said...

Great job! It's good to see you sewing again.

Kat said...

I love that paisley top! Glad to see that fabric made up too since it's been aging in my stash since PR Weekend 2007 I think. It's a really beautiful print so your top has given me inspiration on what to do wih it.

Janimé said...

Thanks Kat! It's turned out to be one of my favorite tops ever, mine or RTW.