Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Finally Finished with Simplicity 2633


It took me much longer than anticipated to finish this shirt/vest. During the process, I waffled back and forth on whether I should finish it because the neckline appeared to be too wide and the princess seam were not as smooth as I would like them to be. But once I attached the neckband and the collar, I decided it was worth the effort to finish the project.

Pattern Description: Misses' shirts and vest with neckline variations. Project Runway pattern. Looking at the instruction sheet I saw this as a short sleeve jacket with ultra cute sleeves. And that is basically how I fashioned my version of the first view.

Pattern Sizing: Sizes 4 to 22. I used size 14 with modifications.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, for the most part. My version fits so I can wear a knit top underneath it. Plus I added the flaps using the pattern for the pink view.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes. There were no difficult steps.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Likes - The first three views illustrated in the instructions.
- The pleated sleeves.
Dislikes - May all be attributed to alterations made and my fabric choice.

Fabric Used: Stretch sateen gift from my friend. I thought it would be the perfect fabric for the "shirt/jacket".

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
FBA - I made my usual FBA. After looking at the photo of me in it I noticed the extra fabric at the armhole of the front princess seam. This will be addressed in the next version.

Neckline - Before I attached the neckband and collar, I noticed the neckline sits below the base of the neck. Initially, I thought this was due to less than perfect pattern drafting. But in retrospect I thinking is may be due to the fabric and my prominent shoulder blades. Adjustments were made to add more space in the shoulder area. The collar stands too far from my neck.

You can see the gap at the underarm front and the neckline.




Special note: You have to fiddle with the sleeves a bit. A beginner can managed them with a little patience.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, I'm going to sew it again for myself and DD. Yes I recommend it to others.

Conclusion: Overall I like this pattern. I just need to make a few minor adjustments for my next version. Here is more on the process.

This version will be worn like a jacket over a knit top. Here are more photos on Flickr.

25 comments:

Faye Lewis said...

Cennetta that's a real cute shirt/vest. Looks great with that skirt.

Carol said...

I like this very much. The sleeve detail is lovely and I really like the colour, it looks good on you.

Marybeth said...

It is GORGEOUS! I do not see those imperfections you are pointing out - it just looks stunning on you!

Tanya said...

Love it, it looks great with the skirt.

Kelroc said...

This is such a cute shirt/jacket. Despite the minor adjustment issues you did a wonderful job. I love the color and the skirt is beautiful.

Nancy K said...

those sleeves are gorgeous, worth ignoring some of the fit issues. No one but you will notice anyway. It's a great outfit with that skirt.

Kelley said...

Mix and match with red, navy, brown, black, green... Versatile and stylin'!

sdBev said...

You are a marvel. I love what you've done and frankly, I passed it by. I may have to rethink that decision

Gail said...

Beautiful tailored look. I particularly like the sleeves and can see the work involved in constructing them.

Andrea said...

That top is gorgeous. It looks great on you. I have that pattern in my stash. One of these days I'll work on it.

Omega said...

Really cute shirt, love the detail.

AllisonC said...

looks great, I really love the sleeve detail.

Elaray said...

Your shirt looks very nice and so do your princess seams. Did you see Kenneth King's post on the Threads website regarding princess seams?

Eugenia said...

Stunning! I love those beautiful sleeves.

Toocutedobs said...

Very pretty :)

Trudy Callan said...

Wow and double wow! Gorgeous.

Trudy
www.sewingwithtrudy.blogspot.com

Cennetta said...

Thanks everyone- Your comments are appreciated.

Elaray - I must have missed that Threads post. I check it out.

Thanks again,
C

Opal said...

Nice jacket. I love the sleeve detail and your choice of fabric.

Amy said...

Very nice blouse! I'm glad you stuck with it.

Angela said...

It looks great on you! I'm glad you finished it!

toy said...

great jacket, it looks so well made Cenetta

sonoemi said...

The shirt/vest is great! I'm in love with the pleated sleeves- a beautiful and stylish detail!

senaSews said...

Fantastic blouse. The sleeve pleating is such a nice detail. Well done!

amber said...

Great final product! Still loving those detailed sleeves. :)

Tany said...

PERFECT!

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