Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Meshing Truth about Simplicity 7013

If you read my pattern reviews, you know I purchase a lot of my fabric from Vogue Fabrics. Frequently, I go to the Remnant section first. To see what pretty fabric I can find at half the price. Of course, the fabrics are short cuts; I haven't seen anything over 2 1/2 yards in length. And that's okay when I'm making separates, especially knit tops, summer knit dresses and slim skirts for myself. DD can get a jacket or a pair of slacks because of her size; it doesn't take as much fabric for her.

This next review is about a top that I recently made using Simplicity 7013 (OOP) and some mesh fabric that I found in the Remnant section. The length of the fabric was only 1 1/2 yards. You can definitely see through it. At the time of purchase, I didn't think about the two great tips/tutorials that Ann Steeves wrote about mesh knit fabric, here and here.

I ended up with a fairly decent knit top, but I have to wear a cami underneath it to "protect" myself. Lol I was lucky to already have a red cami that I had a few years ago, It's trimmed with black fold over elastic and is the perfect concealer.

Pattern Description: Simplicity description only states Misses' knit tops. I'll add six knit tops with sleeve and neckline variations.

Pattern Sizing: sizes 6 - 20; I used size 14.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? My version did not look like any of the views on the pattern envelope. I used the front and back of View F and the sleeve of View A. I like the one sleeve look, but always feel like one arm maybe cold while the other is comfortable.

Were the instructions easy to follow? I just looked over them; didn't really follow them because of the changes I made. But they look pretty standard.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I liked the many options. And the fact that you can mix and match the pieces to fit your personal style. No dislikes.

Fabric Used: Mesh knit from Vogue Fabrics.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

Construction changes:

I eliminated the facing. I cut a stripe of fabric about an inch shorter than the circumstance of the neckline and about 2 1/2 inches wide. Then sewed the ends together to create a circle. Next I folded to create a bias facing. Pressed. Stitched it in the same manner as a bias tape to a neckline or armhole.

I didn't hem it. The fabric does not fray.

Design changes:

Instead of using the pattern for one particular view, I combined the bodice of View F and the sleeve of View A.

I didn't do a FBA. It's not a bad fit, but there are a few horizontal lines. No pulling or tugging to get the top down though.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I probably will try another view later. And yes, I do recommend it if you have this pattern.

This is an easy pattern that a beginner can sew.

Next, I review the skirt (B5566).


  1. Love the fabric, great little top. I have been wanting to sew a mesh top - I own a rtw mesh and love it. There is an animal print mesh on GF I've been eyeing.

  2. Very pretty. Love, love the colors!

  3. How very, very pretty! I'm not a seamstress - but I LOVE seeing what others do!

  4. Very pretty top! The cami works well underneath it.

  5. Lovely. Boy! I wish this redhead could wear that. NOT! It's very nice, Cennetta!

  6. Gorgeous top - I love those wonderful warm colours. I have never tried working with mesh fabric but it certainly looks beautiful, especially in this style.

  7. WHat a pretty top , the colours are beautiful .

  8. Just lovely. the split sleeves are an excellent design feature.

  9. What a gorgeous fabric! The top is beautiful; I always refer to those posts when sewing mesh fabric.



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