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.