When the Spring Simplicity patterns were released I was immediately drawn to this one for the shape of the top.
Simplicity 8848 is a coordinates pattern featuring a couple of tops, a dress and pants.
The sleeveless top was appealing for a couple of reasons; the front v-neck is relatively modest, and the ties wrap around the back instead of the front. Ties around the front don’t work great on me – they only exacerbate my lack of a waist.
Once again I used a fabric from Hobby Lobby. I know, Atlanta has absolute riches when it comes to fabric stores, but this fabric was perfect for this top. I liked the stripes and interest of the floral, and it’s 100% polyester, so no worries about wrinkles on hot summer days. When you sit most of the day, this is a big deal.
I made a real toile! Since there’s little shape except for the ties, I was a bit concerned that it would just exacerbate my middle-aged spread.
For the toile, I cut a 16 and did a pivot and slide to add 5/8″ to each of the sides at the bust, waist and hips. That worked fine, but there were plenty of pull lines from the bust.
So … I made a second toile – and on this one, I actually added a bust dart. (Feeling pretty accomplished at this moment!)
Once I was happy with the toile I cut my fashion fabric.
Sewing up the fabric was relatively easy, including making one quick change to the top on the fly. The waist ties were placed much too low on my body. If you look at the pattern envelope you’ll see that they sit below her natural waist. Like most women over 50, my waist has moved north, so I had to move the ties up about 2″.
The armscyes were a bit too fitted for my taste, so I took off 1/2″ all around, then stitched on the store bought bias tape as the pattern recommended. This is really not my preferred way to finish the armscye, Next time I’ll create facings.
After the top was finished and I tied it up it was clear that the one tie was at least 12″ too long. I could trip over the ties!
After the top hung for about 8 weeks I finally cut off the tie and stitched it by hand. Now it’s wearable, just in time for warm weather.
The wrap stays closed without any pins or fashion tape, so that makes this a win in my books. I think I’ll make another for summer. Pink seersucker, maybe?