My plan was to take the leftover fabric from the purple Simplicity 2288 cardigan and make a sleeveless shell. However, when I laid the fabric out on the cutting table, I saw that there was enough to make a top with sleeves. I quickly switched gears and pulled the HP Weekender Sunshine Tops pattern from the file.
I really like the neckband on the Simplicity 2598 sleeveless top that I made last week – so much that I combined the neckbands from these two patterns. I had made changes to the Sunshine neckband pieces when I had made it back in July. Starting fresh, I traced new neckband pieces, matching them (CF/CB and shoulders) with the Simplicity neckband pieces and then traced my new pattern pieces. This added close to an inch to the upper edge of the neckband – still feminine but with a more modest, and therefore more wearable, neckline than the original pattern. By the way, I used a knit interfacing for the neckband and, of course, coverstitched the hems.
The Sunshine pattern offers two sleeve choices: none or a short cap sleeve. Since I wanted a top appropriate for the season, I borrowed my Bernina My Label t-shirt sleeve pattern and merged it with the Sunshine cap sleeve to create the ¾-length sleeve pattern.
I am delighted with my Sunshine Frankenpattern. Moreover, the new top is wonderful – it fits!