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Oh, oh, oh, do I heart this top!
Fun story about the pants in the above picture. So I'm an Executive Assistant for a living, and I'm planning a meeting for all of our West Coast executives. We decide to have it at a fancy hotel because in addition to the meeting it's also kind of a celebration, so I go to said fancy hotel to
So I go, and it's fancy and beautiful, and all the people there are really great and calling me "Ms. Rothery" which always makes me uncomfortable, but they're totally lovely, and the catering director takes me to their fancy restaurant to have a fancy lunch, and when I sit down it's so fancy that the waiter places my napkin in my lap for me. Catering Director and I have a great lunch and it's wonderful, so I get the catering contract and leave. When I get back to the office, I go to the bathroom and realize that my zipper has been down the entire time. Isn't that a lovely story?
Anyway, when I first saw this pattern I didn't think too much about it. The yoke looked a little weird (Again, who in the world picks the fabric to showcase the patterns on the envelope???), but when I decided to make this dress:
I immediately remembered it and knew I'd have to go buy it because it was perfect. They look so similar, don't you think?
I am so glad I heeded the advice of commenter Christiana, who suggested I make two separate pieces (a top and a skirt) instead of the dress since it would be more versatile. I cannot agree more!
This pattern is really straightforward and easy. The hardest part is gathering the yoke & pinning it into place, and even that isn't that difficult, it's just majorly time consuming. I had "Hoarders" on in the background and worked on it. The yoke took a good hour to get right, so be prepared for that. The rest of the top was really quick to make, though. And just look at the results you get.
Totally worth it! The material is a silk charmeuse also from Becky, the same lovely lady who gave me the skirt fabric for Simplicity 2403 (By the way, thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of the truly lovely comments on that dress! You all are just wonderful and seriously gave me the best warm fuzzies ever!), and I think it is perfect for this top. I recommend something with a lot of easy drape for this, something really lightweight and flowy. Others who have made the pattern on Pattern Reviewer said it's a little too loose, but I think it's just because cotton doesn't drape like charmeuse, and that's funny because the pattern envelope recommends cotton. The other views would do well with a crisper fabric, but for this neckline it's all about something slinky. It may even work with the right chiffon? Actually, I think a chiffon in white or light beige would be really romantic looking, but I'm a lover of neutrals.
Conclusion: Winner, winner, chicken dinner!