Simplicity 8878! Top #1! Top Series

Hello everyone and welcome to the blog!! Today, I will be sharing with you my first make for the series of tops that I am making to fill the gaps in my wardrobe! Reason for Making it: When I realized that I needed to get some tops made, one of the decision making factors on what style to sew were styles that were going to be forgiving ( have yet to get rid of my tummy) , trendy and easy to sew. I picked this pattern because I had a similar Burda pattern that I really like and I felt that it would meet all requirements, but I didn't want to use that pattern because the instructions for the front were not clear. I searched for what I thought the next best pattern would be and I came across this one and I LOVE IT!! At first glance, I really loved how the top looked on the model and I liked how they used a lightweight denim for fabric so I decided to pick up the same type of fabric when I purchased the pattern. I paired my new top with wide leg, paper bag pants that I made in 2019 using Simplicity 8605! You can see more pictures of those pants by visiting my Instagram account! I made them twice. To see the top in action with video clips and a more detailed review, please visit my YouTube channel by clicking here!! Below you will find pictures of my new gorgeous top and you will also find a detailed pattern review!!! Close up of top - below

Close up of top- below

Wide view of top - below

Top with arm raised - below

Back view of top - below

View of arm raised and drop shoulder- below

Close up of top stitching - below

Close up of boat neckline - below

Pattern Review

Pattern Number: Simplicity 8877, view D

Pattern Description: Misses’ Dresses and Tops, “The Simple Shift” There are four different views on this pattern and two views are dresses, which are views A and C. and the other two views are tops, which are views B and D. Sewing Skill Level: The skill level is not rated by the pattern company but in my opinion, this is very beginner friendly.

Pattern Pieces: The pattern includes 10 pattern pieces within the packaging but I only had to use five pieces to make my top. Notions Needed: Thread

Suggested Fabrics: Challis, Chambray, Cotton Types, Crepe, Linen Types, Shirtings and Silky types

Pattern Sizing: XS- XL

Size that I Cut: I cut a size L

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope? Yes

Were the instructions easy to follow? Very Easy What did you particularly dislike about the pattern? The only thing that I didn’t like was the length of the shirt because I don’t like short shirts, and because of that I did end up lengthening it by two inches. What did you particularly like about the pattern? I like the boxy style of the shirt, the dropped shoulder detail, the wide hems which are two inches. I also like that there are no closures and I like how easy it goes over my head. I also like the boat neckline.

Any modification recommendations: Yes, I added two inches of length to the top because once I put tops on, my bust usually raises my tops by 2-3 inches, which would cause it to be much shorter. To make sure that didn't happen, I added the additional two inches to make sure that the top had the same look as how it was designed. Fabric Used: This fabric is a lightweight denim that has a lot of drape. It’s very easy to sew with but it does move around a lot and it can cause a problem when making your hems because when it moves, it tends to bunch up. So what I did to eliminate that issue was I just used a lot of pins around every area that needed to be hemmed to keep the fabric in place and I went really slow. I also guided my fabric with my hands and that worked.

Purchased: Joan Fabrics Would you recommend it to others? Yes

To watch the YouTube review with more details, please click the video below!!!


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