Hey y'all! I have a new pattern to review. I mentioned in my last post that I wanted to make this top, Simplicity 8094. This particular style has been around and going strong for at least a year or two now, so I was too excited when Simplicity released this pattern. This top comes together relatively quickly, especially if you don't have any issues with your fabric choice (enter major side eye here,lol). You can read all about my fabric issues here, sigh.
Okay, so remember when I said last post that I cut out patterns, and I even altered patterns right? I was tooting my own horn pretty hard,lol. Well, unbeknownst to me that not only with the fabric being poorly advertised per the listing- do you know that this fabric, after having cut everything out had the gall to have some type of tear through the fabric?! Yes, y'all, a straight up tear,ugh! Guys, this flaw was right at the neckline and shoulder seam. Now, this wouldn't have been much of an issue to lower the neckline a bit; however, I'd already altered the pattern to lower the neckline about two inches or so. So I really didn't have a lot of room in which to work with, and honestly I'm not sure how I missed this epic flaw, sigh!
I made a 1 inch neckband and twin needled down. Do you guys use a coverstitch?
If so, do you think it's worth it? Seriously, thinking about getting one.
Y'all, I saw this flaw after I'd added my neckband and was proud of myself at how quickly I was breezing through this top; therefore, you can only imagine my frustration, right?! When I saw this- I think I just sat there for what seemed like eternity because I was so angry. I ended up throwing the shirt on my sewing bin and turning off the light in my sewing room for the night (I would have won best dramatic exit hands down that night,lol). So, I got up bright and early the next morning and chopped off the offending part of the fabric, which caused the neckline to come down further. I assumed that I could just remedy this by bringing up the shoulder seams, yeah, this could have worked, but now you have side bust darts to contend with-double sigh!
|On the dressform, the darts are in the right spot; however, now with having to have alter the neckline, the darts now come up higher on me. It's not a deal breaker, because it's just a tad...|
Okay, so now we have the neckband reattached, the shoulder seams re-adjusted to make-up for the area on the neckline that needed to be readjusted, due to the flawed area in the fabric. You would think that all would be good in the hood again, right?! Wrong! Now, due to the shoulder seam readjustment, the bust darts were now no longer positioned in the bust area, but were now under my armpit,LOL! At this point, all you can do is LOL! I really thought about axing this project and starting with another fabric, but I really wanted this fabric- because I adored the drape of this fabric so much. So, I embraced my inner "Tim Dunn" and made it work, hunny! I lowered the side darts and held my breath that this fabric would not have anymore "diva" moments and rip. Thankfully, though, this adjustment came together great!
Whew! I hope you're still reading by this point,lol. This top comes together really quickly, I started with a 16 bust and graded to an 18 at the hip. I lowered the neckline about 2", as I didn't like that the neckline came so far up. I added a 1" inch neckband, which I attached by sewing one shoulder seam and then applying the band, stretching only the band-attaching the band with the other side of the neckline and then sewing the shoulder seams together. I also sewed the sleeves in flat, this too me is the "bees knees" with sewing knits! For the side slit hems, I just did a basic hem for the bottom and sleeves also. Aside from the fabric horror, this pattern is great! I know that this top will be in heavy rotation, and I probably will get a few more in between now and the summer. Well y'all, I'm off to get some more things hopefully cut out, because it's spring break around these parts,yay! As always be blessed and nothin' less and continue to stay fearlessly fierce! ~ Candice