Pattern Challenge: Simplicity 2599

Simplicity 2599 is a near perfect pattern.  I just love the way this shirt turned out, it fits and looks almost exactly how I hoped it would.

Pattern Description:
Misses Tops with 6 different variations. I made view E, but skipped the bow.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing it?
Yes, it does.  The only difference I can notice is that the top fits me a bit looser than the photo on the pattern shows.  But, I am fine with this since I can just wear a belt to cinch it in.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, they were.  The most confusing part was figuring out how to cut out the pattern pieces since this is a multi-size pattern with multiple front pieces for different bust sizes.  I ended up making a muslin of the front and back pieces so I could get the fit right before cutting into my fabric.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I loved that it came with different front pieces to account for bust size.  I love that there are so many variations available to the top.  It seems like the perfect basic top pattern, which can be infinitely adapted.  I can’t really think of anything at all I didn’t like!

Fabric Used:
White eyelet (very lightweight) purchased at the LA Fashion District.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I added about 2 inches of length along the hem, skipped the bow detail, lowered the neckline by about an inch and cut the ruffle detail thinner than the pattern suggested.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes!  I am definitely going to use this pattern again.  I’m already planning on making this into a shift dress, inspired by this J Crew dress (thanks to my Aunt Carol for point it out to me!).

Next time I make it I will probably skip the button closure on the back.  I think it looks adorable, but I can get the top over my head without unbuttoning it, so it’s just not necessary (this is only because I made the neckline lower).

I highly recommend this pattern as a great wardrobe builder and an all around fun pattern to sew.


For those of you wondering about my great turquoise necklace, it came from Designs By Tahra.  Check out this beauty:

And isn’t this lovely?

Lucky me, I won these in a giveaway sponsored by Gussy, but go check out Designs By Tahra, she is wonderful!!


16 Responses

  1. Sarah, I LOVE the shirt! I do love the button closure detail. You could keep it, but tack it to keep it permanently closed. I did that with one of my shirts and it works great!

  2. Great job Sarah – this is my favorite one yet! It looks awesome, and I like how you’re wearing it with a belt. This looks totally professional and I would never guess it was handmade.

  3. Love the shirt, it is just gorgeous! Your pics of the jewelry were awesome, too. Thanks for your sweet comments!

  4. The shirt turned out great. I might have to add that pattern to my list of things to pick up from JoAnn’s. It looks like a great simple summer top.

  5. Cute fabric choice! Like someone else said, this looks professional. Nice job. I like the whole look with the boots! Where did you get those?!!

  6. Good job Sarah, love how it looks on you, and the belt makes it even cuter. I was planning on buying this pattern at JoAnn yesterday but they ran out of my size, oh well.

  7. The shirt is awesome. The fabric is perfect and the button closure is a really sweet detail. You probably have a complete wardrobe for Europe by now! xxoo

  8. This top is gorgeous – the detail on the neck is so lovely! Oh dear…I had better get cracking with my patterns!!! I’ve finally got hold of some lovely material to make a dress out of, so I have no excuses now!!!

  9. Very cute! I need to post about something I’m making for the pattern challenge on my blog.

  10. I’m looking for tops like this for summer. Beautiful! I am going to buy this pattern. Thanks for reviewing this. You look great in this top.

  11. I love this shirt. I wish I was a tad smaller to make one for myself. .. No worries, w/ the weight coming off I will make it one day soon. 😉

  12. I LOVE this top – you did a great job and it looks just adorable. I almost bought this pattern last week actually. 🙂 I’ll be posting my next pattern review this week. Nice work!

  13. This top looks great! I really love the fabric and pattern combination…they seem to be made for each other! I included a link to your blog on mine because I like it so much 😉

  14. Hey Sarah: JUST figured out the pun in your blog name the other day and was like OHHHH, haha. You are so clever. And congrats on making the Top 60 — your top is up for voting today!!!

  15. I found the pattern on sale for 99 cents at JoAnn’s and now have fabric that was 12.99 a yard was half price yesterday…. time for me to make this top. 😉 I will try and share photos if I get it done. (kids determine time frame)

  16. Thanks for the review- I was just getting ready to cut this one out and looked through flickr to see someone who had already made the mods I was thinking of. It was you:)

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