I can't say I had high hopes for this pattern. Why? Well I went back and forth over whether to buy it in the first place but when I caught some cotton gauze on clearance I figured why not? It took a more time than I would have liked made worse by the fact that I do not to like the end result...at least not on me. I'm sure someone at Goodwill will be more than glad to have it.
Pattern Description: Simplicity didn't provide a very detailed description but this pattern is a misses blouse with 5 different views with sleeve and collar variations. I made view A which has a ruffled collar and fitted sleeves with tie ends.
Pattern Sizing: Available in 6-22. I cut a 14.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? For the most part, the one big difference is my sleeves and that I left the tie ends off the sleeves.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? The fit seems to be a little off on this pattern. I didn't do any alterations yet it gapes a little at the bust and also it is very low cut so I have to wear a cami underneath.
Fabric Used: A lightweight brown cotton gauze with a raised floral print.
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: My choice of fabirc (although suggested on the envelope) wasn't the best choice for a number of elements on this top. The sleeve ties or button loops were definitely problematic. After seeing how stiff the fabric became after adding facing to the midriff, I decided to leave the sleeves free flowing as I knew it was likely to be a headache if I tried otherwise. Also when I tried to make the button loops, the fabric was just too thick for the loops so instead I used corded elastic. And finally the cute ruffles on the bodice are super floppy because of the material.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I won't sew it again just because I didn't like how the top looked on me. Further confirmation such a fluttery top doesn't work well with my Mother Africa Fro, lol.
Conclusion: Has the potential to be a very cute top depending on the fabric choice. A few minor fit issues that can be fixed with a little work. Overall it didn't work out for me but it still good enough to donate to a local shelter.
Notions: bias tape .70, corded elastic .60, thread and facing from my stash