I had lots of fun making my Simplicity 8041 dress (head on over here for the review) and in particular enjoyed trying it on at various stages during the construction. Playing around I put it on back to front and really liked the gathered front (although as it happened this didn’t work in practice and just looked silly; it worked way better in chambray) and the idea to have a go at making a top from the pattern was hatched!
To be honest, I was reinventing the wheel as essentially I wanted to make another Yoke Top, but I was really excited and brimming with inspiration. I used the leftover Crepe de Chine from when I made my Sixties Swing Dress and set about cutting, but altering the pattern to finish just above my hips. As I was omitting the collar and sleeves I bias bound the neck and arm holes, and I’m not sure what I intended for the front. I didn’t want a button up top as I didn’t fancy making lots of buttonholes but other than that I was playing with the fabric. I didn’t get it right first time and did have to play around with the neck a little (dare I say it wasn’t low cut enough!!) and I ended up with a mock button up at the end. It felt like a bit of an anticlimax from what I was aiming for, however now it’s finished and I’ve stepped away from it, I actually quite like it!
I added pretty blackened silver buttons from Dunelm, which I love; they really set the blouse off. And there you have it, the finished 8041 in easy wear pullover blouse style. I can’t wait to start wearing it and quite like the idea of it tucked into a little pencil skirt for work or being worn with a pair of skinny jeans and heels for dinner or drinks out.
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