simplicity 2593: a lot of simplicity, a lot of bang for your buck

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there’s not much to say about this pattern except that it is completely simple and COMPLETELY AWESOME.  it has jut enough detail to give it design interest but is so simple to make i am considering reserving it for almost all of my fancy silk charmeuse stash.  most of my high-end silks are designers i splurged on at mood – pucci, valentino, versace, a little armani – and the fabric is what is interesting.  a complicated garment will not only compete with the the fabric design but also make the garment more difficult to cut and construct (with pattern placement and/or matching), and therefore more intimidating, and therefore that much more likely to linger forever unmade in your stash.  so this is a great go-to to have on hand for a great piece of fabric that wants to get out of your stash and on to your body.

only of course it is out of print now.

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whatevs.

Pattern Description:
misses top with sleeve variations and neck variations.  neckline gathering instead of bust darts.

Pattern Sizing:
size 12, fitted using a moulage

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

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
i thought the simple lines of the pattern would be perfect for showcasing a crazy print, in this case rows of butterfly wings.  i loved the gathered neckline instead of bust or waist darts that would interrupt a print.  i thought the sleeve length was spot-on.

Fabric Used:
armani silk charmeuse from mood fabrics, NYC.
silk charmeuse double-fold bias tape from mood fabrics, NYC.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
using my moulage, i redrafted part of the pattern to make it fit more closely to my body.  i was concerned about the amount of wearing ease as drafted.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
yes, 100%.  this is a go-to, TNT, keep it in your stash pattern for when you want a cute little blouse with just enough design interest and you have a great print to play with.  i am not sure if i would try it in a solid color, as that might be more plain than i would prefer.

Conclusion:
very, very happy.  when i actually focused, the blouse took less than 3 hours to construct from cutting to finishing, even with french seams and a couture neck binding.

 

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6 Responses to simplicity 2593: a lot of simplicity, a lot of bang for your buck

  1. Clio says:

    Wow. Ok, that fabric is seriously gorgeous! And that’s a great marriage of fabric and pattern.

    Mood carries silk charm bias tape? I have to check this out.

  2. puu says:

    for a while they had it…i haven’t seen it on my last two visits. of course, they have rearranged the trims twice since then…

  3. noriecreates says:

    Really really pretty. You’re right about showcasing beautiful fabric with a simple design. I hadn’t thought about it like that until I read your blog! I’ll have to rethink some of my fabrics I’ve been saving for the right design!

    • puu says:

      definitely! i was struggling a LOT on those butterflies, because i didn’t want anything too complicated or matchy. then i realized that a simple top was the way to go and i was so happy with the result.

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