Sunday, October 28, 2012

Simplicity 4076 top

I have been laid up recovering from minor surgery so here's a top I finished a few weeks ago :

Simplicity 4076 view D with view B sleeve option
My wardrobe has a lack of comfy-yet-not-mumsy/daggy casual tops and this pattern appears to have ticked all the right boxes. The fabric is a synthetic stretch (jersey?) from Janome in Balcatta. They have a large clearance area at the back and I know that anything I buy from there will be good quality as it is ex Knitwit stock. I loved the abstract print and brought it with view D in mind. The sleeves are from view B.

View B sleeves- accidently lettuce leaf finished but it turn out OK I think.

When I make this again I will probably look at scooping out the side seams at the bust area or doing a proper FBA to accommodate "the girls", as the fabric strains across the bust and loses the gathering detail once I put it on. 

Gathering detail
Lack of gathering detail- gathers now turned into wrinkles pointing to boobs eek!
I would do a FBA rather than go up a size as I am happy with the fit through the shoulders and waist. 

I had a fair idea my bust might distort the pattern but was too impatient to get something made up! Live and time I will make adjustments to the pattern first to rectify the problem.
Otherwise I am pretty happy with this top and have worn it quite a few times in casual outfits, once I fix the bust I can see it becoming a wardrobe staple for me.


June said...

Hi, I was looking at reviews at PR and notice your review because we have a similar shape. Your top is very cute. I have made this particular pattern many, many times in different types of stretch fabric. I am always pleased with the results. I don't do the gathers around the neck of any top for the same exact reason you stated. I use FOE (foldover elastic) instead of a neck binding. It works just as well. I also added 6 inches to the length since I have such a long torso and like to cover up my problem area (sorry, don't know what that is in cm) June

Katesews said...

Thanks June for the kind comment on my top. Am thinking I might try grading up a size as since I've been "properly" measured thats where I'm at (for some reason picked the smaller size range on this one). I hope to come back to this pattern one day, perfect it for me and make up many more, however new projects just keep happening ;)
One day hopefully!!!