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ruffles oh ruffles....

Added Apr 10, 2010

by fabricaddict

Durban, South Af...






This top was supposed to be a quick make one Sunday a few weeks ago when my wonderful husband offered to spend the day playing with our daughter while mom sewed – she is as obsessed with my sewing machine and the pedal as I am so it’s impossible to sew when she’s crawling and now walking around! anyway to cut a long story short – it drove me mental! chiffon is always slippery to sew with, but that was not the main problem – I was really disappointed with the fit of this Simplicity pattern (and I thought I’d found such a gem of a top pattern that I would use over and over) – I sewed the B cup top version C of pattern 2599 – I had read a few reviews of it and all seemed okay, but on me the darts were about 2.5cm too low, and the neckline was about 1.5cm too wide, so I ended up having to unpick the darts and redo them, and having to adjust the neck after completing the top – it ended up taking me many hours more than it should!!! I also don’t like the way simplicity patterns generally use strips of fabric cut on the cross for all arm hole bindings -I really prefer proper facings and think they look so much nicer. I inserted elastic in the hem to make it like a bubble top, I am pleased with the final result because I love ruffles (I roll hemmed the ruffles with an attachment for my overlock) but wow I was happy when it was finished!




Garment Type
Casual, Mod, Romantic

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    Jun 30, 2010, 01.25 PMby mandicoulter

    i was just searching through burda for ruffled neckline details and i came across your top again that I love! it is actually the same simplicity pattern that i am working on and i am having the EXACT same problems with the darts and neckline! i also had high hopes for this pattern!! sigh, sometimes these things are so frustrating! lol but i do love your addition of the bubble hem :)

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    Apr 28, 2010, 11.39 AMby isobelm

    All your hard work was well worth it. This top is just lovely. Many thanks for your comments on my dresses.

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    Apr 12, 2010, 01.04 PMby mandicoulter

    i love it! nice fabric and fit :)

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    Apr 11, 2010, 05.17 AMby gabcorb

    I love this – lovely top and it really suits you. I sympathise with your challenges – my 2 year old daughter also can’t be about when I’m sewing. And I don’t know this pattern but was warned off simplicity patterns a long time ago for their poor fit. Having said that, I often have the problem of too wide a neckline with vogue patterns too!

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    Apr 11, 2010, 12.20 AMby sandoz18

    So pretty! I couldn’t imagine such a bold print paired with ruffles, but it really works. Good job!

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    Apr 11, 2010, 12.04 AMby sewneenee

    Your top looks lovely, sorry you ran into so many problems, but you’d never know it looking at your finished product!! Congrats on sticking it out…chiffon has previously brought me to tears!

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