A while back I saw this blouse designed by Kate Spade and FELL IN LOVE
I decided Simplicity 2151 view A was the way to go. It had the full sleeves and the tie collar, plus I had been interested in trying one of their “Amazing Fit Tops” to see how the patterns were. Fabric choice was a tricky one for me. I was really torn between trying to find fabric just like the original or to go with something polka dotty in my stash. Now there is nothing more frustrating than trying to find the perfect fabric and I wasn’t sure I wanted to go down that annoying road. Plus I do have way to many polka dot fabrics in my closet already, what can I say I am a girl who can’t resist a polka dotted fabric. So I decided I should make things easy and use a green and white polka dot that I bought last year. This was also good because my stash fabric is cotton which is just more practical for my more casual (ie children always spilling food and other unmentionable things on my clothing therefore it needs to be very washable) lifestyle. Lets just face it green looks way better on my than white any day.
This pattern was pretty good, I am really happy with how it turned out. It comes with 4 different pattern pieces depending which cup size you need to cut out A-D. I felt the pattern ran a little loose, which it does say it will, but I found myself taking it in all over because I like a closer fit. The alteration tips in the pattern were nothing new to me, but if you were fairly new to constructing shirts it would be really helpful, I wish I would have had a pattern like this years ago when I was starting to learn how to fit my body. So here is my top.
Now the problem with trying to make a look you have seen is that you will never look as good as the size zero model, mostly because I am not a size zero (and yes that is my blatant attempt to get comments/lies such as “you look even better than the model”, or “they should have hired you instead of the model”).
Without the sweater
I am really happy with how the fit came out with this shirt. I am glad I have gotten to a point with my sewing where I feel like I know what to do to make things fit really comfortably. It is great to wear, it doesn’t pull on the arms, it isn’t too tight in the back, the buttons close perfectly. After too many failures this summer it feels nice to get something right.