Tuesday, September 30, 2014

High/Low top from Simplicity 1872

This is my second-to-last piece of fabric from Penny Fabrics in Sarasota (the last is a pink lace I can't wait to dive into).  It is a silky cotton print that probably has some poly in it, too.  I wanted to make a casual sleeveless top with the high-low hemline that seems to still be trending; something that feels a bit like this.

Unfortunately, I don't feel like I really nailed it.  I used Simplicity 1872 , a Cynthia Rowley pattern, as a starting point.  I wanted the gathered shoulder detail for a little interest.  Here is how I cut the front on the fold, eliminating the wrap bodice:

Here is my final top, and actually, looking at the pic, I think it looks fine.  the only part I'm not in love with is the neckline.  For some reason, it feels like the neckline on scrubs to me.  I don't know.
 What do you think?  I purposely placed the darker circles around the bottom half and the light ones around the bust.  I'm not new to the camouflaging rodeo.  I don't think I could take in the sides since this slips over the head, and I do want a casual, easy fit.
 For some reason, I have it stuck in my head that this could be really cute with a cropped, chunky navy sweater on top, for proportions sort of like this.  What do you think about that?
 Ideas for improvement?  I'm not against redoing the neckline lower, but I'm not sure if that would help.  Maybe a scooped neckline?

By the way, here is that pink lace and the pattern I'm planning to use.  I want to finish this before October 11, when our little Tampa sewing group goes down to Penny together.  I can't wait!  


  1. I really like it, Jeny. I especially like it accessorized with the side eye look in the second pic. ;-) I think the white tank peeking out may be cutting you off just a tad, maybe pull that up? And definitely try with the cropped sweater. And try it with white pants perhaps. Some time in the magical closet does wonders sometimes, too!

  2. And oh, I'm going to miss you all on the 11th. So sad!!

  3. I like everything about it except the neckline. The "V" part is fun, but the neck opening is a bit wide at the shoulders. I think that's where you're getting the scrubs vibe.

    Can you make (the next one) a bit narrower in the shoulders? You might have to make the "V" a bit deeper to get it over your head.

    Nice placement of the dots, btw, they look great!

  4. I think the top is cute. I also think it looks a bit boxy, and that could be the "scrubs" feel. It needs waist definition, even if it is slight. I love this pattern, btw. I was going to use it to make an Easter dress, and then never did.

  5. I love the fabric and the blouse is nice! I agree with Vanessa, maybe a little bit of something at the waist to give it some definition would be good.

  6. I think rounding out the neckline will go a long way toward making it look and feel less like a scrub shirt... No lower than it is now, just opened up a bit. Beautiful fabric! Looks great!


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