Friday, February 3, 2017

Simplicity 1371 - Cute Little Top

Surprisingly, I was able to cut a top and head wrap from the African waxed print fabric remnant.  It was just enough to cut Simplicity 1371, view B. This is a top I planned to make a few years ago.  I started out trying to match the  diamond motifs.  In some areas the match up was close, but not quite.  So, for this It was impossible to match the print, as the diamond motifs were many different sizes.

Top B is a princess seam fitted top with halter like straps and side zipper.  This is the only view I've made thus far.  The pattern comes in sizes 4 to 20.  I used size 16 with modifications.  The drawing and the photos are true illustrations for how the top looks.

The instructions were easy to follow, and I saw nothing confusing in them.  In the guide sheet, the back straps are attached straight instead of a slight angle. They should be angled so they lie flat against the back.

I like the style of the top, especially the neckline.  The princess seams also make it easy to make adjustments, which I almost always need to make.  I do not have any dislike.


  • FBA - I made my usually FBA slightly different.  At the fullest of the bust area I made two slashes instead of one for a better fit.
  • Swayback adjustment making a tuck at the lower back and adding that same amount at the bottom of the back pattern pieces.
  • I installed a back zipper instead of the recommended side zipper.

S1371 - Sorry the pattern is a little crinkled, the iron was too hot.

I will definitely make this again.  This is my wearable muslin.  I really didn't want any of the African waxed clothe to go to waste.

This pattern is not difficult, but may require some adjustment as this top fits close to the body.  It's a cute top and I do recommend it to others.

Happy Sewing!


  1. Very cute halter top and it fits you perfectly after your adjustments. I'm busty too and have trouble fitting because I'm not big everywhere just the girls. Have you ever found a comfortable strapless bra?

    1. Thanks, Connie. I like the Wacoal strapless longline bra. It gives support at the bust area and below. I also like Bali convertible bra with the gel on the band and around the upper part of the cup.

  2. That fabric looks great on you! I like reading your blog because it helps me remember to always make pattern adjustments. Your writing about Palmer/Pletch fitting class some time ago made me realize that in order to sew well-fitting clothes, I'd need to learn how to change patterns to fit my body. Before, I'd just cut the pattern as printed and was always disappointed when the dress or shirt didn't look right.
    I took the class last year, and what a difference! Thank you for teaching me that important lesson.

    1. Brewer Barbara, thank you and I'm glad you find the information on my blog helpful. I don't want to just post pictures of the finish garment and not show illustration about how I was able to make it work for me. I believe there are ours with some of the same fit issues that I have.

  3. love this! beautiful top on you. And thank you for always having such great articles and sharing cool finds with all of us.

    1. Thank you, Jeanne Goldie. I try to help ours where I can. Thank you again for reading and commenting.

  4. Darling and what a fresh, young look!



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