Here is a top I made last year near the festive season. The fabric was left over from my twins Xmas dresses here. It’s an underrated pattern called Simplicity 1317 which has raglan sleeves.
My first one still gets worn loads especially on weekends. I had to lengthen the arms by 10cms as they were too short before. I think this sort of style has a lot of mileage. I am glad I bought it during my early pattern buying sessions.
The fabric is of a lightweight drapey variety. Sewn up on the overlocker it leaves an awful of lint behind but it more than makes up for it by being a super quick make. It has good stretch recovery and I would buy this fabric again if I came across it. I think I’d like a sheath dress in this fabric….with a low plunging neckline….Tangentially, I think this pattern could easily lengthen into a dress.
The cuffs and the hem band were cut on a different grain – insufficient fabric – but I think I mostly got away with it. The neckband was the only casualty. Which makes me think about grain and its importance with stretch fabrics – perhaps there is more wriggle room than with wovens…I digress.
Sizing wise I actually felt that this was true to size. I cut the size Small based on my bust measurement and I am amazed that there was not the usual excess ease I associate with BIG 4 patterns.
Some more pictures from one of the Xmas dos that had a Santa’s Grotto for the kids…
****I am not supposed to have favourites but the butterfly is just perfect!******
I feel resplendent in this top and sure enough it was worn to a couple of Christmas events where I was trying to pull off festive nonchalant chic as way of covering up my ever bulging tum ( all that festive feasting was intent on revealing itself!). Currently, crunches and planks are now de rigueur until that festive tum is banished!
Off to my yoga mat…..you know resolutions and all that…..la di da…..
Thanks for stopping by and until next time Happy Sewing all!
Peace and love,
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That feeling when you squeeze in 30 mins of sewing and you whip up simplicity 1317 (hem band and cuffs still to be sewn on)😄. Also that feeling when you dont expect much from something so quick and you are like "Ooooohhh YEAH!" when you try it on. Do you do a dance too? 😘 #sewinganddancing #sewcialistswhodance #celebration jig #handmadeclothesmakemehappy #sewingischeaperthantherapy
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I finished this super quick make yesterday and I am loving it! Its Simplicity1317 – an underrated pattern IMO. Made in deep red stretch velvet. Paired with an old fave – jersey lace skirt that I've had for over a decade. #ootd #memadeeveryday #sewcialists #isew #imakemyownclothes #dressmaking #blogcouture #sewingblogger #sewingblog #simplicity #simplicity1317 @simplicitynewlook