Simplicity 5510 MISSES’ PULLOVER TOPS, copyright 1982 Simplicity Pattern Co. Inc.
I like the part where it says, “One-Yard Tops.” I like to imagine that at first it said three-quarters of a yard, but then they were like, “3/4…or like maybe 7/8… 15/16ths… ok whatever let’s say One-Yard, Tops. But like not more than that. For sure. Definitely. Pretty sure. Yes. Sticking with One.”
Same sheer white knit as that good old totally boring t-shirt I made earlier.
I figured while I had all the machines in white I might as well keep going.
View 4 is the obvious winner here.
I mean just look at View 4, how the illustrator has caught her immediately post finger-snap/head-slide/hip-pop.
But this sleeve, both gathered and tuliped, is a match made in not heaven.
Why why do I always fall for puffed sleeves. I know they are way too adorable for me to pull off. But I keep trying them. Will I learn? No.
Just look at that illustration. You can see right there, in black and pink, how the seam allowance rolls out and kicks up that puff in the dorkiest, most juvenile way possible. But I made it anyway.
- There is a notch on the sleeve pattern that shows where the overlap stops, and another that shows the shoulder seam on both the sleeve underlap and overlap, but no notch for where the underlap ends. This, I can say from experience, would not fly with any Union seamstress. If I had made this pattern, I would immediately have a stitcher at my table wanting to know exactly where the underlap is supposed to end.
- There is a lot of gathering in front of the shoulder seam. More than I am a fan of, but to the pattern’s credit it’s very clear about this fact in the illustration. I shoulda just seen all that puff and recognized.
- The pattern instructions want us to stabilize the shoulder seam with seam tape, as opposed to the more common Nothing, or failing that, Clear Elastic. Maybe clear elastic wasn’t readily available in 1982.
- The shoulders are really broad.
- This shirt felt like it took forever to make.
- It’s about twelve inches shorter than I like my shirts to be.
- It’s also really loose and boxy, but that’s my fault: knowing how soft this fabric is, I should’ve stretched it on the table before I cut it.
- I tried doing the binding at the neckline backwards. My thought was that it would look awesome, but instead it looks backwards. So that’s good, now I DEEPLY UNDERSTAND why we don’t do bindings backwards.
Sew It or Throw It:
I don’t really believe in fabric regrets, because making something is always better than not makng something, but in this case I really do kinda regret that I made this shirt, instead of just taking that sheer knit and cutting it into a totally simple unhemmed rectangle and wearing it as a scarf all winter. Maaaaaaaybe stamp printed with stars. But maybe just plain. I really like this knit and I don’t really like this shirt.
But like I said, making something is always better than not making something.
But it’s still a throw for the pattern. Someone out there is adorable enough for those puffs, it’s just not me.