Spring is Coming…I’m ready! (S2455)

It was still a bit chilly outside as we took the pictures of my latest top for the Sudoku Wardrobe Contest. But, the snow had all melted and I could just imagine that soon it will be warm enough to enjoy being outside. When it is, I’ll have a fun new top to wear!

Shows the invisible zipper in the right side seam.

Pattern Review – S2455

Pattern Description: Threads collection pattern set includes jacket, top, dress, and pants option. I used view C for the top. The top has grown on cap sleeves, two pleats at the neckline, and a neck band.

Pattern Sizing: 8-16. I cut size 14 but used 3/8″ allowance rather than the 5/8″ called for.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes. Although the pattern envelope only shows the top under the jacket so there isn’t a really good view of it. It looks like the dress but cropped to the hip. Also, the fabric I chose was a quite a bit more casual than shown, but I think it works great as a light spring top.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, but I changed it up completely. The eyelet fabric I chose has quite large holes and I didn’t want anything peeking through so I decided to line the front and back (but not the neckband) with some super light cotton fabric that was shelved with the eyelet but has no stitching on it. Its quite sheer but does the job of providing a bit of modesty.

My stitching order was as follows:

  • piece the fronts and backs using the fashion fabric, leaving the right side seam open for the zip.
  • piece the lining using the white fabric, leaving the right side seam open for the zipper.
  • stitch the lining to the fashion fabric at the left armhole (the one that is complete).
  • “burrito” to stitch the right armhole…this is the one that was open at the side seams.
  • stitch the top inch or so of the right side seam on both the fashion side and the lining side.
  • insert the invisible zip and complete the right side seam
  • add neckband as instructed in the pattern. (although I didn’t interface it)
  • hem both lining and fashion fabric (with lining about 1/2″ shorter) using a narrow hem.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like the fit of the pattern and the ease of construction. The side seams are shaped and there is a back seam that also adds shaping. I imagine if you didn’t add lining as I did it would be a much easier make. Also, I think this would be super cute in a knit fabric!

Fabric Used: Coral (leaning toward orange) eyelet from JoAnn’s and lined with a “blank” white eyelet fabric.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I added a lining. I also decreased the seam allowance to 3/8″ for all seams except for the neckband which I kept at the 5/8″ called for. I also accidentally put the zipper on the right side seam instead of the left side seam but that doesn’t really matter to the appearance.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I love the way this turned out and can see this pattern being a TNT for a basic light top. As mentioned above, this would be super comfy in a knit fabric, especially the dress version which I have my eye on. 🙂

Conclusion: Awesome addition to my Spring Sudoku Wardrobe. I look forward to the weather warming up so I can wear it!

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