One of my sewing goals for this year is to revisit pant making with the thought that I'd finally figure out how to fit them properly to my body. Here enters Simplicity 2061- a pattern that requires very little fitting! I made the view without cuffs and used a knit from my stash purchased at Hancock fabrics. The pattern was super easy having only three pattern pieces and sewing with knits is always so forgiving since there are no seams to finish. A truly fast make if there ever was one!
The top is Simplicity 1366 and I searched sewing blogs (in particular this one and this one) and Pattern Review for versions of this top and any hints on the fit. I decided on a size 10 which I think I just guessed at for my size since my bust measures 34. The fit is great for a boxy relaxed top. I almost made the size 8 but thought it might alter the boxy look of the blouse too much. One thing I love about this top is where it hits on the hipline. Its a little higher than some of my other loose tops which I think makes it more flattering. Its an incredibly easy and simple pattern and I am already planning another one.
This fabric was the DEVIL to sew, I tell ya, crazy uncooperative. Its kind of a wonder that it looks as good as it does here because it was all kinds of wonky to cut and sew. Its a salvaged/failed maxi skirt that I made last winter and just couldn't part with. I love the feel and look of this fabric and just didn't want to waste it on a failed skirt. Its thrifted so I really have no idea about the content and type of fabric it is but its not synthetic and incredibly soft and I loved the texture.
Fabric Mart is having a sew-along contest where you are to make something inspired by art. and Number 3, I am still trying to bust my stash. So as far as these makes go there are a lot of win-wins here. In case you're interested the Fabric Mart contest asks that you be inspired by art for your make and my inspiration came from a Mary Cassatt painting called Autumn. I love Cassatt and drew inspiration from the colors in her painting otherwise I probably would have gone with a boring black top for this ensemble.
here's a link to remind you how to style them.