I'm really happy with this top, however.......
of all the patterns I have bought and made up, Simplicity 2599 would go down as my all time LEAST favourite pattern. From the packet, the fit is so ridiculously terrible on me that my muslin bears very little resemblance to the actual pattern pieces. It just doesn't seem right that a pattern as simple as a shell top, can just be so wrong (for me).
I'll try and list the adjustments that were made, even though I don't actually know what they're called:
1. Bust dart lengthened substantially adjustment
2. Swayback adjustment
3. Wedges taken out of the back neckline adjustment
4. Huge vertical chunks taken out of the back pieces adjustment.
5. Shoulder seams didn't meet together so had to do some kind of neckline/armhole adjustment
7. Darts added to the back adjustment
8. Armhole deepened adjustment
Crazy! Crazy! Crazy!
(Luckily I had the help of my new sewing teacher with the 200 billion fitting problems. I'm not sure if I've mentioned it yet, but I've starting taking sewing lessons. Up to recently, I've been completely self-taught. It's been a fabulous experience and I'm learning heaps of very clever and handy techniques. I really must tell you about it sometime).
Anyway, now all the changes have been made and recorded accurately in calico for future reference, all will run smoothly...next time.
- Extreme close-up of flounce, edged with an overlocked rolled hem -
- I'm really glad I hemmed it in yellow as I rather like this touch -
I changed the shape of the neckline from a round neck to a V so I could add the flounces. I also added a seam at the CF so the flounces could be sewn between the two seams.
I faced the armholes rather than binding them with bias binding.
Fabric : Japanese cotton sateen from Spotlight - This fabric is really rather nice and really quite cheap. It's really worth trawling your local Spotty to see if they have any in stock. It comes in quite a large range of colours.
- Side view -
- Back view, darts added -
I noticed after taking this photo that the button opening gapes due to the lightness of the fabric. It looks like it's pulling across my back, but it isn't. Should I reinforce this area with interfacing?