Simplicity 2603 – The Top

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  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.

Placing the Back Piece Away From the Fold to Add Width

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.

Notice the pooling in the small of my back?

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.

With the 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.


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One response to “Simplicity 2603 – The Top

  1. That’s a great pattern and top! You make me want to get out my sewing machine!

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