S.W.A.G.: Simplicity 2703

ok, it’s not my term, but it fits.

my sister lives in boston, where she is studying for her masters’ degree to become a physician’s assistant.  my family live in new jersey.  school is hard.  exams are every week.  weekends are precious.  so when she comes home, it’s generally for a long chunk of time, with nothing to do.  this is where it gets fun:  she is usually so bored that, for the simple measure of some gossip girl DVDs, and maybe some lunch, she’s generally willing to help me iron fabric and cut the patterns.  it appeals to her exacting nature:  everything lines up perfectly.  these pieces tend to be the easiest to sew and match, because everything is lined up perfectly.

i’m not a detail person.  my patterns never match up perfectly.  there’s always a little bit of sneakery going on in order to keep the seams aligned.  so this works out fabulously for me.

this is where it is not fun:  it’s really only fair to turn around and let her have first pick of the leftover fabric and even occasionally to buy her her own fabric in order to make garments.  boo.

Pattern Description:
misses’ top with bust pleats and long darts in the front. flattering portrait neckline. sleeveless.

Pattern Sizing:
cut a straight size 12.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
we only made the top, but i think it looks exactly like the technical drawing.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
this top was so quick and basic i hardly needed the instructions, although they had some unusual thoughts on attaching the straps. by the time i got to the straps, i had lost the instructions, so i winged it.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
the overbust pleats were so much more flattering than darts would have been for my full-busted, weight-losing sister. she felt comfortable in the top, not too exposed, not too tight, not something that wouldn’t fit next week or next semester, and the pleats are a great bit of design interest.

Fabric Used:
liberty of london tawna lawn rosa

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
it’s possible that a more experienced sewist or fitter would have done an FBA for my 32D sister, but her size keeps changing as she works on toning herself and i felt that the pleats didn’t present any major strains on the garment. there were no strange drag lines or other indications of disaster, plus it was a simplicity pattern, with plenty of ease already accounted for (i believe on this pattern it was 5″), so i felt safe skipping it.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
a great, quick little top that can be adapted (as seen in the pattern!) for a dress, for work wear, for casual wear, for anything, and it didn’t take a lot of fabric, so it was a great way to get some extra bang out of an expensive scrap of liberty.

Conclusion:
simple, great wardrobe builder that would appeal to all levels.

cross-posted on Pattern Review

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