Hello everyone,

I’m Simona (from Sewing Adventures In The Attick) and this month I am back on the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network with another fun project.

This month’s project started with me being inspired by Mimi G’s version of Simplicity 8693. For my blouse I wanted to add more contrast, that the one given as an option with the pattern, so I’ve gone for black pinstripe fabric for the body and sleeves of the blouse and plain red cotton for the cuffs and collar. Yes, I went for View A as well.

After comparing my body measurement to the finished garment measurements on the tissue paper, I decided that size 12 is better for me, rather than the 14 suggested on the pattern envelope. Because, apart from length issues I knew this pattern would not pose any fitting issues, I did the unthinkable for me, I cut my size directly on the tissue. (Usually I trace, trace, trace and keep the original intact in case I want to make another size or need to alter the pattern to fit me).

In my haste to make this top, rather than measure the sleeve and then shorten it accordingly, I just cut the sleeve on the line for view B and added the cuffs to it. That’s how I  managed to make them a tad too short. Also, like Mimi G, I did not fancy having a strap on the off the shoulder side of the top, so I left it out. Besides, I wanted to finish it really quick and I would have had to faff about with the length of it. I even used my pinking shears to trim the seam allowance once the neckline facing was in to save time.

All in all, I think it took me less than 3 hours to make my top. I think it was a good choice to use contrasting colour on the collar as well. It makes the top look fabulous.

Originally, I was thinking I could wear it for work. But after making it and trying it on, it feels a bit too elegant for the office. I think I’d get away with this outfit at a semi elegant event.

By missing the strap the lines of the collar going down the shoulder make it look so delicate and feminine.

The more I look at it the more I like it and want to wear it even if the occasion does not require a special outfit. Now I want to make another version of this top with more length and make it into a dress and with a belt it will look fabulous.

The only thing that I don’t like is that my strapless bra does not really work with this fabric as it sticks to it which makes the fabric bunch up in the bra area which annoys me.

Sewing Summary:

Pattern: Simplicity 8693: an off-the-shoulder neckline. Options include a shoulder strap with sleeve and neckline variations.

Sizing: UK/US 6 to 24 or European 32 to 50

Fabric: Lady McElroy Pinstripe Fabric 1.5 m and Plain Cotton Fabric 0.5 m

Notions: 6 buttons, interfacing for the cuffs and collar

Modifications: I cut a size 12/38 although my bust measurements put me in size 14./40 Also, I added the cuffs to the length given to cut sleeves for view B but made view A for the rest of the top. This resulted with the sleeves being a tad too short.

Fit: quite loose.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?: Yes

Watch out for: this is a fairly easy make.

Make Again?: Yes I also want to try view C or D with the possibility of adding length to make it into a dress.

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Sewing Adventures in the Attick