Sunday, January 30, 2011

Simplicity 2852/3634 – Fuchsia Frankenpattern Top

To come up with this top, I started with Simplicity 2852, view B.  I kept the sleeve cap but borrowed the rest of the sleeve from my holiday cowl top pattern, Simplicity 3634.  Two inches were removed from the hem to convert it from a tunic. I also lowered the neckline on the front yoke by two inches while raising it a half inch on the back.
I had planned to sew some pin tucks on the front yoke and add some pockets into the side seams with tabs and buttons. However, once I started handling the fabric I immediately minimized the details. The fabric is a micro-suede knit from  Sticky. Well, the iron wouldn’t slide over it. I resorted to blasts of steam, which actually worked quite well. The serger didn’t appreciate the fabric either, but fresh needles (Schmetz stretch, size 14) made a huge difference - no more skipped stitches. The Bernina and the coverstitch were fine. No complaints whatsoever.
So, a simple top to wear with jeans and those black pants I made last week.  The color is great, but I’m happy there isn’t more of this fabric in the stash…


  1. I like how you have combined patterns to get exactly what you want. The top looks lovely, the colour is beautiful.

  2. I like this too. The color is wonderful and it looks like it drapes well (despite, or perhaps because of, the "bad fabric"). Nice!