My latest sewing project is this cute top from Simplicity 2603. The pattern envelope hardly even shows this top, but it is a hidden gem!
For fabric, I used an ITY jersey knit that I purchased a couple of months ago from Fabric.com. This was my first time using ITY and I like it a lot; it looks silky but not polyester-y, giving it a bit of a dressier look than other knits.
As far as alterations, I did full-bust and full-back alterations. Doing this rather than going up a size gives me a really nice fit in the neck and shoulders. To do the alterations, I simply placed the front and back pattern pieces a little bit away from the fold to add width. These simple alterations work with this pattern because of the neck band and the gathers at the neckline. For the front, I simply added the extra width to the gathering. In the back, I eased the extra into the neckband.
I should probably have done a sway back adjustment, but I didn’t. My prior attempts at doing so have not been entirely satisfactory and I didn’t feel like trying it with this project.
This top looks great with black pants. In the summer I will wear it alone, but for cooler weather it works nicely with a black cardigan.
BTW, I wish that background were my home, but alas, it is the view from our lodging in the Napa Valley weekend before last.
My full Pattern Review can be found here.