Off The Shoulder Seersucker Top



I am excited to finally share this adorable top that I made over the summer.  I posted about it on my Instagram feed while I was planning some summer makes and it got many comments about how cute it was.  To be honest, I would have never chosen this top for myself.  It seemed a bit fussy with the bow, buttons and shoulder straps. 
But after seeing it listed on a few "to make" lists from some of my favorite sewing bloggers, I thought I would try something different.

First, some important information about this pattern: this is New Look 6512 and I sewed up View D and cut out size Small.  The fabric is seersucker in a dark gray and white stripe which I found at Joann's.  Over time I've learned that New Look patterns tend to be shorter in the bodice area for myself (like here) so I added 2 inches to the length of the shirt.  I'm so glad I did, otherwise it would have fit me like a crop top.  I also sewed the shoulders straps in a little more to show off more of my shoulders.  I had to play around A LOT with the straps on my dressform to get it to look right.

I made quite a few mistakes while putting this top together.  Fortunately I was about to fix all of my mistakes however this resulted in it taking me longer than what I was expecting to complete this top.  Some mistakes I made was that I ended up turning the front band in to the wrong side.  I guess this was because it was hard to tell which was the wrong side of the fabric if I wasn't paying too close attention.  I also got confused when turning in the neck band.  I ended up calling Simplicity to ask about it.  It turned out I was reading too much into the instructions and it was much easier than what I thought (*rolling my eyes*). 

Anyway, I'm not sure I would make this again.  There were lots of steps with lots of pattern pieces, plus it took much longer to finish.  However, it is a cute top and I do love how it turned out.  I also love how it can be worn dressed up or down.  I definitely think this is a pattern for an intermediate sewer, beginners be ware!  Have you all sewed something challenging recently?

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