Simplicity 1621A, View B, Sleeve
Simplicity 1621A, View B, Main View, Vogue Fabrics ITY knit
SImplicity 1621A, View B, hem
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The pattern: Simplicity 1621, bought largely for View D, a sheer lightweight jacket. However, there are three other patterns that useful but nearly as soon. Had some left over fabric from my latest Vogue sewing dress, enough to make a top, so I cut out View B, a sleeveless top gathered at the waist. Takes a 7/8 of a yard!
The basics: This is an easy pattern, really didn’t need to follow the instructions
The mods: Two big mods – I skipped the darts, I’m a A cup besides I was using a stretch knit so I didn’t think the darts were necessary. I simplicity folded the darts away on the front parts of the part. Second mod? I used stretch underwear elastic to gather the waistband (the pattern has you making a casing and thread elastic through the casing with a bodkin. Too much work in my opinion.
What I’d do differently next time around:
- I’d use my binding attachment or a hand tool that help me to get the ITY fabric on the neckline and the armholes into between the fold over picot-edged elastic. As it is, even now there are some gaps between the elastic and the fashion fabric on the neckline and the armholes. I’ll need to go back to fill those in on the sewing machine. (I sewed the elastic on my Viking Husqvarna using the lightening stitch.)
- I’d skip using the underwear elastic at the waist. It looks bunchy and homemade. I’d use a pretty lace and thread a ribbon through it for gathering. There are a lot of Cluny laces that work well for this purpose. Eyelet lace too. Just a yard with do the trick and look so much more professional.
The fabric: This ITY fabric, from Vogue Fabrics in Evanston, is really nice, I think it’s nice although it can be warm on a humid day. Still great for a project like this, although this pattern calls for laundered cotton, batiks, lightweight sateen, challis, laundered silks, rayons, silk linen, soft lightweight linenen and linen blends. B can also be made in a lightweight knits.
- White eyelet with matching trim, gingham bias tape on the armholes, neckline with gingham ribbon and eyelet trim at the waist.
- Colorblock. Since both the back and the front and sewed using two pieces you could have a lot of fun here. You could even use the reverse (wrong side) as part of your front.
- Silk – a great summer and winter option (Silk keeps you cool during the summer, warm during winter) You could sew this so it’s a vest. Simply just sew the back and the side seams, finish the raw edges, and just belt it or wear it open.
- Make bindings from the fashion fabric. Easier to sew generally since it’s wider, and it hides makes easier.
Make It Again factor: High since I just outlined above ideas. Besides, it’s hard to beat since View B takes less than a yard to make.
That’s it for now. Over and out for some sewing fun!