6/21/14

Simplicity 1588


Happy First Day of Summer Everyone!!!

The last few days have been beautiful in New York, the temps have been bearable and the humidity low. Now, if only the temps & humidity could remain like that, I'd be in a blissful state of mind throughout the season.  Anyone that knows me, know I am not a fan of summer, I can be found tree hugging for shade or scaling along tall buildings to avoid the sun.  However, what keeps me from complaining about the excessive heat & humidity that occurs is sewing for summer... call that an oxymoron.

In an attempt to beef up my casual wear and after lusting over Ann Taylor's sleeveless wrap blouse, I made Simplicity 1588.   A sleeveless wrap top with knit back that can be worn with a tee or alone.


During the summer season, office attire is casual and this top is perfect for adding a lil ump to my casual wear for work as well as on the weekend.


As soon as I laid eyes on this polyester graphic print at Fulton fabrics, I knew it would be an S1588.  The instructions were easy enough to follow and was able to finish this garment in just a few short hours. For sizing, small at the neckline and medium for the remainder.  If I went with my bust measurement, I would need to cut a large and upon looking at the finished measurements for the large, which is 45" that clued me in that I needed to go down to a medium with a finished measurement of 41".



The instructions call for edge finishing the front edge and applying single fold bias tape for the back neck.  I followed the instructions for finishing the front edge, created the shoulder pleats, but opted out of the bias tape and serged the back neckline and fold to inside and final stitch. Further, the instructions direct that you stitch the front to the back at the shoulder seams and make side pleats in the same manner as the shoulder pleats.  Didn't think that would work for me and instead formed the side pleats before seaming up the shoulder seams.




 Basted the side seams to check fit through the torso (wasn't truly paying attention, my front is overlapped wrong).  Ended up removing 1/2" from the  front pleated edges, there was too much drape that formed a sagging pouch. Once that was corrected, I moved to the armholes and again the instructions direct to use bias tape.  Instead I serged the armhole and fold to the inside and stitched. For the hemline I fused steam-a-seam on the right side and fold in twice and final stitched.


Caution, the neckline opening is deep throat, a lil safety pin will help or a cami, I went with the safety pin, but before wearing it again, I will add a clear plastic sew-on snap.

End result a breezy summer top that works well for the office and for play.

26 comments:

Candice said...

Love the top Sheila, and you look great!

Sarah C said...

I love this! I have not seen this pattern before but now I need to go find it!

Charade said...

Your fabric/pattern choice enhances both. I think the saying is, "The whole is greater than the sum of its parts." Very, very pretty!

Faye Lewis said...

Well, you did a wonderful job with your knockoff. Love the fit and the print of the fabric.

Melochia said...

Cute blouse

Susan Fogel said...

Love the fabric and the style. I would love to see the back. Overall a lovely top.

Carolyn (Diary of a Sewing Fanatic) said...

This is so cute!

Terri Berry said...

Uhm yeah...perfect fabric, perfect pattern, perfect fit, perfectly styled...JUST PERFECT!!!!

Linda T said...

I've not noticed that pattern before, but I love how it looks on you. Hmm may have to pick that one up!

Linda said...

I really like the look of this top!

Myra said...

Sheila I love this top on you too! It's really pretty! You did an awesome job of selecting fabric and pattern!

Dorothy DotDot said...

Pretty fabric and I love the top on you.

c-ing said...

Great colors. Can dress it up or down. A surplice top seems to work with so many things. Skirts and pants.

Sheila said...

Thanks Candice.

Sheila said...

Thanks Sarah.

Sheila said...

Thanks Charade.

Sheila said...

Thanks Faye. I love shopping at Ann Taylor, but avoid the costly tops.

Sheila said...

Thanks Melochia.

Sheila said...

Thanks Ladies. I will definitely make it again in a light weight knit.

Sheila said...

Thanks Susan. I fell to take a back pic. Also I fail to mention, the polyester has 2% crosswise stretch, which allowed me to use it for the back too.

prttynpnk said...

You have brought this pattern to life. It was bland and now its a must have!

alethia said...

OMG, that is a beautiful blouse. The print is awesomeeeeeeee and you look fabuloussssssss!

Cennetta said...

Goodness! Another great looking outfit. Okay, now I've added two patterns to the list.

Sheila said...

Thank you Prttynpnk.

Sheila said...

Thank you Alethia.

Sheila said...

Thank you Cennetta, looking forward to your versions.