Monday, September 7, 2009

Trying To Finish Up Summer Sewing - S2594


Pictured here with McCall's 5818 Pants




I rushed home from work Friday afternoon with great expectation to get some sewing done. I still have fifteen garments on my list for Summer 2009 projects. ...,don't think I'll finish them before the summer ends. So Friday I decided to at least make an easy knit top. Simplicity 2594 was already cut and ready to sew. So I sat down around 7:30 pm to make it completing everything except the hemming of the sleeves, neckline, and bottom. And of course, a nice hard press to complete the project.

I did finish it and was very happy with the results. Here's my review.

Pattern Description: Misses' top in two lengths with neckline variations and tie belt. Suggested fabrics were woven. I used a lightweight knit.

Pattern Sizing: 8 to 24. I purchased a size (16-24) and scaled down the 16 to what would be size 14; view A.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Pretty much. I was surprised at the amount of style ease in the top. I was able to make it without doing a FBA. My version does not have as much style/wearing ease across the bust area, but that's alright with me. I really like how my first version turned out.

Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions were really easy to follow. I didn't find anything difficult or confusion about them.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? There are so many likes about this pattern. The overall style is what attracted me to it. Specifically, the back yoke and the shoulder pleating. I also like the draped neckline. On the pattern envelope it reads, " easy to sew." That's always a like for me. Especially, when I need something quick to sew after multiple labor intensive projects.

Fabric Used: I used a lightweight knit purchased from Vogue fabrics (4 years in the stash).

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: I used a knit fabric instead of the suggested woven fabric. No alterations needed. Quick and easy. The instructions say to cut two pieces of the belt pattern (sizes 16-24). Instead of sewing a 3/8" seam allowance, I sewed a 5/8 seam allowance. The belt looks fine with that minor change/accident (lol). One thing to note: the belt is very long. I doubled it before tying. Instead of machine hemming the sleeves, I hand stitched them. The knit fabric was a bit of a challenge to sew in certain angles of the fabric grain. Finally, while pressing the bottom hem I burned it. The moment I knew what happened I screamed. Good thing is it was close to the bottom and I had added about 1" to length (for comfort). So I made the hem wider to conceal my misfortune.



No dislikes. It's a winner.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes and yes. I plan to make a few more next summer. This is a nice top to help build a comfortable wardrobe.

Conclusion: This top is easy to make and I recommend it to others sewists of all levels.

18 comments:

Adrienne said...

Very cute!! I started on this a while back and while serging the inside...made a mistake lol. Now I want to make it again! lol

Eugenia said...

Like you, I'm still stuck in summer. That's a really nice looking top, it suits you so well. I love the colors. Lucky save with the burn hole!

Summerset said...

Looks great - I think with the colors, you could transition that to fall wear.

Gail said...

I love the simple lines of this top. I'm all for easy elegance. 15 summer items still to go? Aren't you heading for winter over there? Keep up the great sewing, I enjoy your posts a lot.

gwensews said...

That's a prett top. Probably, it could be worn under a suit jacket.

Ann's Fashion Studio said...

Very stylish! Lucky save :)

Andrea said...

Love the way this top looks on you. The fabric is gorgeous. I can't believe I missed this pattern.

marLou said...

Love the swirly pattern on the fabric. Looks great on you! I don't think anyone will see the burns.

Claudine said...

Great top! I've burned fabric before, too. I hate that sinking feeling when I realize what I've done. Your top is still plenty long, though.

Brenda said...

Very pretty top and I love those pants! I have never noticed this pattern,um... This top would be great under a jacket or with a suit ensemble. Very nice.
I still have summer sewing on my mind.

Erica B. said...

Great looking top! I've abandoned my leftover Summer sewing. I'm willing Fall to come as soon as possible now!

Chris said...

Very pretty top, beautiful colors, light and airy looking. Glad you were able to save it!

Trudy Callan said...

Stunning. Everything you make is so gorgeous.

Cole's Corner said...

I love that top. You look super cute! Love the pants, too. Great Job all around.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

This is a very cute top! What a good way to approach the end of your summer sewing and head into fall!

RiAnge Creations. Ltd. said...

Nice top. 15 items left!? Now, I don't feel so bad. But I am still working on them. I am determined not to have any summer UFO's. We'll see.
Angela

QueenSH said...

Love the fabric...my summer sewing is done. I think I have 2 projects cut out that I never finished..on to the fall wardrobe!!

Kat said...

So flattering and you sure know your colors, Cennetta!

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