Simplicity 2599, a sleeveless top with 3 ruffles on the front - View D
Does it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope?Yes, more or less. The ruffles are a bit wonky, but I was a bit slapdash with their application.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, and the top is easy to put together. That said, I was a bit confused about the top ruffle and how it should be finished. The instructions seemed to show that the raw fabric edge would be shown. Instead of doing this, I sewed the inside facing over the top of the ruffle when sewing it on the top, meaning that the edge was caught inside.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I dislike the mad sizing. I cut a size 12, which was HUGE, though I think that Simplicity patterns run quite large. My measurements matched with the size 14 (36" bust), though the finished bust size for the 14 was 41 1/2" which would have been far too loose for the fit I wanted. I like the ruffles - a simple touch that add a bit of interest to an otherwise plain top.
Fabric & Notions
I used a floral, silky man-made material of some kind. It was a charity shop purchase. It was not fun to work with as the slipperiness meant that some of my pattern pieces were a bit mis-shapen when I cut them out. It also creased really easily, so I had to keep re-ironing it. On the plus side, I think the floral pattern is forgiving of the botched bits, and the fabric sits nicely.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made
I made it without the zip and button at the back. Even with cutting a smaller size than I would normally cut, I took the top in an inch at each side, and still am able to slip it over my head without the need for a zip. As I sewed the top of the ruffle into the neckline facing, the ruffle kept wanting to spring up, so I made a couple of lines of stitches under the ruffle to keep it secured to the facing.
Additional stitching under the ruffle
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I am planning to make it again in a plain fabric and would definitely recommend the pattern, though beware the sizing and check the finished bust size before cutting.
Around £8 - pattern was about £5 and fabric about £3 from a charity shop.