I’ve wanted to make this exact top since a seamstress blogger I follow, Amanda from Amanda’s Adventures in Sewing, posted hers almost a year ago. I’d find myself thinking about it every time I was looking through my closet for a top to wear with jeans. I bought the pattern earlier this year, but it took me a bit to buy the fabric (I’m in a constant battle with myself over my gargantuan fabric stash).
Well, I finally made it. I found both the neckline (which Amanda was right – the neck binding piece is drafted at least two sizes too large) and underarm seams a bit fiddly. This led to my initial thought that this pattern seemed like a bit more trouble than any top is worth. However, the more I think about it, it is the day-to-day wears, that deserve time. They get worn far more often than the fancy vintage Vogue cocktail dresses, that’s for sure. I also realized I may be biased after making several versions of the easiest dress ever.
Pattern: Simplicity 1462 View B
Fabric: Anna Maria Horner Raindrops & Poppies 100% cotton with grosgrain ribbon trim
And a rare “in the wild” photo, taken at Nota Bene:
Despite the finicky bits of this pattern and the fact that I have some additional changes I’d like to make (my armholes are too large), I really like this top and have already started to consider another version in a more subdued color palette.
Pattern: Simplicity 1462, size 12
Modifications: Removed 2″ in length and hemmed 2″, shortened the neck binding, extended the slit facing down to the hemline
Fabric: Anna Maria Horner Field Study1 Raindrops & Poppies cotton