Monday, February 20, 2017

Simplicity 1716 Cowl Neck Top and Dress

Simplicity 1716 is came out a few years ago and I'm pretty sure it was the first big 4 knit pattern I made. I didn't blog at that point so I when I pulled out the pattern again for Pattern Review Serger and Coverstitch Contest, I figured I may as well write a full post on. The pattern itself has 2 different neck variations, but I like the cowl version.
Sewing navy blue knit top from Simplicity 1716 pattern
The very first garment I made using this pattern was this sleeveless red dress. I had it for a few years now so it stretched out a bit and this particular rayon jersey started to pill. It's the same fabric as the purple knit top from my recent post is made from. However, I really liked the dress when it was new and wore it a number of times. It looks dressy, but it super comfy.
Sewing red dress with cowl neck using Simplicity 1716 pattern in red rayon jersey knit
I don't have notes from when I was making the dress, but I thought it was easy to follow even though I was still learning to sew with knits at that point.

My take 2 using Simplicity 1716 is a long sleeve top. I used rayon slub knit from Fabricmart. It's been in my stash for a a while, so they don't have it on the site, but the color was called Air Force Blue. It's a really pretty light navy/deep blue color. Thin, but mostly opaque with a nice drape.
Sewing long sleeve navy jersey top back and side views
I made  up size 6 without any modifications except shortening the sleeve. I used view D, which is the dress, but shortened it into a top. Pattern has a cowl top variation that has rushing on the sides, but I preferred simple hem this time. The top was very easy and quick to sew up. I used my sewing machine for one of the initial steps to sew up cowl pleats/darts and baste, but the rest of the construction was on the serger. The back neck, sleeve openings and hem are all finished on the coverstitch machine. The only part I think I misunderstood in the instructions was the back neck facing. On one side it didn't seem to be as even with the side seam, so I made some minor tweaks.

For some reason all the pictures of me wearing the top show pull lines across my waist, but it must've been the way I was standing and twisting in the pictures to avoid the sun. When I try on the shirt in front of a mirror it looks fine. Here are a few more pictures with the top on a dress form, without the fold lines.
Sewing knit cowl neck top from simplicity 1716 pattern; closeup of darts and hem
The only thing I may change in the future is cut the back piece on fold to eliminate the back seam. It's not really visible on this dark fabric, but on a lighter one or on a pattern it would be more pronounced. I think on a dress it's nice to have it to be able to control the fit a bit more and contour the curves, but I don't think it's as important on just a top.

I'll update the badge on the blog in March once the contest voting is open. If you like this top and voted then huge thank you.


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