I was in the mood for some quick and simple sewing. With these hot summer temperatures, a new skirt with a sleeveless top seemed like a good idea.
I have sewn from both of these patterns before, but now I'm sewing them up in a larger size. Time will do that I guess...ha ha.
Simplicity 1717: This is my first go at the top. I loved the dress here. What appealed to me with this top is the drape of the neckline, which was relatively easy to accomplish. There are pleats at the shoulder, as well as a one pleat at the armscye. Overall I am very happy with the fit except for the armhole. It's a little long on me, which I have now adjusted the pattern for, taking it in about 1/2 inch.
I really like the gathered seam, accomplished by sewing elastic to the front of the seam allowance for a few inches.
One addition I made to the pattern was to include a 1/4 inch piece of elastic underneath the back neck edge facing. Without it, I found the neckline to gap outward. This was covered by my hair, but it still bothered me just knowing it was there. This helped to keep that pulled in a little. I just made sure to pull the elastic only slightly so it didn't gather that area, but just stabilize it.
This skirt is great if you are looking for something very easy. If you don't like basting and gathering, you should pass on it. LOL The pattern makes this easier than most though because of the included pattern piece guide so you know exactly how much to gather.
The waistband is cut on the bias and has elastic inserted. Other versions of this skirt are here and here.
I can't remember where I bought my shirt fabric. It is a jersey knit with a 2-way stretch. It was very cheap...one of those "you get what you pay for fabrics." I'll be lucky if I get 5 washes and what is left will probably end up in the lint trap of the dryer! LOL My skirt fabric is Challis and purchased at Joann's.
On a personal note, I'm trying to transition my hair to gray. It's kind of a crazy blondish gray right now. I hope I can hold out. I'm already past the "it's driving me crazy, I'm going to color it" feelings. I'm feeling tired of coloring it. It takes a couple of weeks after color before I like it and then gray creeps in. It feels like a never-ending battle, so time will tell if I'm going to like it.
Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley