Simplicity 1849 to the Max


I'm going to jump right into this post before I become seduced by sleepitis.   Just ate and trying to stay upright till my food digest... my eating life.

Call me a recidivist, I am notorious for repeatedly sewing up the same pattern.  When a pattern yields a silhouette that is flattering and works well with a variety of my existing garments, I become a repeat offender.

Simplicity 1849 is that pattern that has me strung out and running plum fool.

Simplicity 1849 and I met for the first time back in 2012 and instantly fell in love. Selected as my topper for Faye's Sewing Adventure's Top Sew-Along

After a few years with this pattern, I can work it up in under 2 hours.  I remember when I first made it and after looking at the instructions with it calling for front/back facings, I was like... no we will not be going that route.  Thereby using less fabric and taking less time which I believe averaged to 3-4 hours per top back then.

One thing that would've eaten up more fabric than I likely had or didn't want to waste was the front facing, which was almost a full facing.  Totally did not need the additional layer.  

When it comes to certain garments, I try to be mindful of what will work for my shape and work for the long haul.  I'm from the ol' school of be wise when building a wardrobe, select pieces that will yield timelessness.

Don't get me wrong, every now and again, I will add a trendy piece to my wardrobe.  However, over the years, I find they fall short of longevity. So I keep on the straight and narrow path of simple and timeless.

Even modified it for a dress.  However, only to refashion it to a top a year or two later.

Seriously, this top is so flattering and would work well on many body shapes.  The twist detail, is a great way to minimize that problem area, well at least my problem area.

What I love about this top is that it works so well with various bottoms.  

One would think having created numerous version of  this for the last 5 years, I would get the overlay placed correctly on the right side.  This is one instance and maybe 2 others that I got it

Again, this pattern has come into play for 2018 and recently sewed up this grey one. The fabric is from Botani Trim, NYC  and also purchased a burgundy colorway too.  On this version instead of just serging the sleeve and folding to the inside, used leftover scraps and made knit cuffs.

Then, lo n behold, I was browsing Doctor T Designs and came upon this lil beauty... BurdaStyle Twist Top for workout wear.  I was like shutthefrontdoor.... no way.

My mind started churning and knew that I had to have that top.  Thought about it, slept on it and bam... Simplicity 1849 was the key.  All I needed to do was trace/resize/cut S1849 twist pattern piece and a garment was borne. 

Of course, it wasn't that easy, I resized/traced/cut that piece twice, before I got it right.

Used a ltwt. sweater knit that I scored at Save-a-thon a year ago.  I like to call it my galatic top.  It paired well with an old loft wrap skirt and was perfect for New York's mild temps today.

True to what I am... the recidivist... I am currently working up another burda inspired top in this hot chilli red printed knit.  It's a leftover from a dress I made.

If one hasn't noticed, I have come to love explosive colors and prints in my wardrobe. 

 Oh, before I forget, This pattern works up quick and easy as a scoop neck tee.  Just omit the overlays and presto, a quick tee.  I've made several from this pattern.

In closing, if you've thought about this style, but wasn't sure, I hope that I gave you a hint of what a punch this pattern packs.

Until then,
Have a Great Evening !


Irene said…
Despite your repeated use of the same pattern each and every top looks quite different - your fabric choices make that happen. If something works - why change it? And this top looks really fabulous on you.
SewRuthie said…
It looks great, what do you do to finish the neckline instead of the front lining? I'm feeling the heat these days and a full lining makes no sense for me :-)
Sheila said…
Thank you Irene !
Sheila said…
Thank you Ruthie! I use a few different finishes. But like to finish the neckline by zigzag stitching 1/4" or 1/2" clear elastic 3/8" down from the raw edge on the inside of neckline. Stretch the elastic slightly as I sew, fold to the inside and final stitch. Depending on the fabric, I may serge the raw edge of the neckline & fold to the inside and final stitch. I don't do it often, use leftover fabric and create a binding, cutting it a smidge smaller than the neckline circumference, pin, sew on & cut excess below stitching line. I've also sewn foldover elastic on right side of neckline & flipped to inside & final stitch. The fabric really dictates how I will finish the neckline.
Mariela Alethia said…
Your post was a perfect example of taking the pattern to the max and you have the evidence to prove it!
Summer said…
OMG! What fantastic tops!!! And you styled them all perfectly. Love your outfits - they all look great on you!!! I have the pattern for that style, but have never sewn it. Guess what?! It's now in the queue!!! Thank you for the inspiration! :-)
garnet128 said…
Well, my old school dad would say 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it'. What you have is NOT broke. I too am guilty of repeat offending cause when it is right, you stick with it.

Keep it up you recidivist, it looks good on you.
Sheila said…
Thank you Alethia!
Sheila said…
Thank you Summer ! Definitely give it a try. Also the pattern calls for the front pattern piece cut flat, but I cut mine on the fold.
Sheila said…
LoL....Thank you Garnet!
Faye Lewis said…
ALL OF YOUR TOPS ARE WONDERFUL! You turned that Simplicity pattern into a work horse.
What an awesome idea! Such a time saver to use a TNT pattern and modify it to get exactly what you want.
Sheila said…
Thank you Faye !
Sheila said…
Thank you Doctor T Designs !