Thursday, September 17, 2009

Pattern Review: Simplicity 2850 Blouse

This is my 15th entry into the Pattern Stash Contest at Pattern Review.

Pattern Description: Misses'/Miss petite knit mini dress or top and hat.

I made view D which is the short sleeved top.

Pattern Sizing: This pattern is available in sizes 4-18. I made a 14.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Pretty much.

Were the instructions easy to follow? I thought that the instructions were fine. I did not find any errors or have difficulty with the instructions.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I was drawn to this top because I liked the look of the neck band- it looks like it is elasticized but it really isn't- it's just gathered. I also like the elasticized sleeves.

Dislike- I do not like how the gathered neck band is made. The neckband is a separate piece with another separate "drape" that goes over it. The drape is gathered at both the concave and convex curves to give it that elasticized look. Then the drape is stitched to the neckband and attached to the body of the shirt. The end product is kind of wonky. I don't know how else to describe it but the concave gathers do not match the convex gathers. In other words, the gathers are not parallel. This probably does not make any since until you go to make it. Luckily the print of my fabric disguises the wonkiness.

Fabric Used: ITY jersey from Denver Fabrics. . I just purchases about half a dozen pieces of ITY jersey- I really like how it feels to wear.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: I went down one size from what the pattern recommended for my measurements. I also omitted the tie belt and made the petite adjustments in length.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I don't think I will sew this view again. As much as I liked looking at it, it's kind of boring to wear and I don't like the wonkiness of the neck band. But I think I will try the mini jumper. It has a different neckband. And it would look totally cute with tights and boots for Fall.

Conclusion: Blouse is ok, good to wear under jackets and good basic... nothing special.



  1. 15th?! Wow, that's amazing! You're doing such a great job. I can't wait to see what you come up with next. :)

  2. I'm sorry you had such troubles with this. I love the shirt I created from this pattern with the same gathered neckband! The best way I found to do was to ignore the match points on the pattern, and match each quarter of the neckband instead. I hope to draft/configure the neckband to be wider for my next project. You can see my review at pattern review- username is heatherosej.

  3. I LOVE LOVE LOVE yopur blog. I am an avid follower. I have this same pattern and am yet to do anything with it. You inspired me, will go and cut it out right now!