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