I immediately set out on a mission to find the Simplicity New Look 6871 pattern after seeing how cute this top looked on Anna of Noodlehead. It took a few visits to Joann’s to find the pattern, but on a “quick trip” to pick up some bias tape I took a quick look in the pattern drawer. Miraculously, there was one lone pattern left. I immediately snatched it up, smiling all the way to the checkout. By the way this is how most of my “quick trips” end.

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Oh! And I’m currently on the hunt for the kelly green swiss dot fabric that Anna used. If you have a source for this prettiness, I would love to hear! 🙂

Since the kelly green swiss dot fabric has been so elusive, I used some cute black and white swiss dot fabric from Joann’s instead.

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The smallest size on the pattern is a 10. I wasn’t sure how the sizing worked on this pattern, but the bust size said 32.5 and I figured that was pretty close. I cut view D but left off the bottom band as I don’t have the longest of torsos over here. I also omitted the interfacing purely because I didn’t have enough on hand. But luckily, my fabric was thick enough that I don’t think it was necessary.

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However, after assembling the front and back and modeling it for my husband, I was informed that it looked like I was wearing a maternity shirt.  As that wasn’t the look I was going for (although Andy currently has a bad case of baby fever and I’m pretty sure I caught him looking longingly at my tent covered belly), I took out about 2 inches from each side and tapered in another inch or so at the waist.

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I got a bit lost following along with the pattern instructions in a couple places. I’m just so used to clear and easy instructions from indie pattern designers that perhaps that’s just how commercial patterns are typically written – cryptic and mildly inaccurate? I ended up just winging it on the steps I didn’t understand but I’m really happy with the results! The inside of this shirt is just so pretty. Look, Ma! No seams! Well, except for the side seams. I had intended to do French seams, but forgot. Whoops! Here’s to hoping the pinked edges hold up (at least until I get a serger).

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Sewbon.com || Sewbon Simplicity New Look 6871 Swiss Dot Tank

My super awesome friend Katie of Katie Hellinger Photography snapped these shots for me. Thanks so much, Katie! You rock!