Pattern Review – Simplicity 2584

Here’s a new tunic top I finished last week made up in paisley print 100% Cotton Thinking Man’s Blue and Cynthia Rowley’s Simplicity pattern 2584 – I cut view A as top, and I’m glad that I tested the pattern out first in a lining to check the fit!!! I initially cut the size 12, but had to add at least two sizes to the width around the hips and bust as the pattern runs very small here. The shoulders are as the original size 12.

I made small changes to the pattern, firstly adding a 20mm self casing around the outer top to encase a narrow self drawstring. I also raised the front slit by about 3cm and instead of gathering the bias cut sleeve frill to a facing attached to the bottom of the sleeve as per pattern instructions, I omitted the sleeve facing and simply gathered the frill to the sleeve and the bottom frill edge falls loosely. I think this gives a much nicer effect and leaves out a lot of bulk and unnecessary sewing!

I’m really happy with the way the top has turned out, it was perfect for an outing down to beautiful Bondi Beach today to celebrate Father’s Day. I’m planning a dress version of this in another lovely paisley cotton Bourton Wine next. Stay tuned for that one!