Simplicity 1716

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I have quite a few fun skirts in my wardrobe, but lack neutral shirts to wear with them. The last time I made a shirt for myself (other than a cardigan) was back in April 2015, and before that, November 2014. I tend to be drawn to making dresses and skirts and neglect shirts. This make is an attempt to remedy that problem.

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This pattern is Simplicity 1716, a knit shirt, tunic, and dress pattern. I bought it during a sale at Joann’s. Originally I was drawn to this pattern by view A, a dress, surprise, surprise. I thought it would be responsible to make a shirt version first to make sure I liked the style.

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I also got this fabric at Joann’s. It’s a rayon knit with a little (5%) spandex in it, so it is super soft, almost buttery. It is probably the best knit fabric that I’ve worked with.

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Construction-wise, I tweaked a few things with this make. I sewed it all on my sewing machine using a zigzag stitch, and then finished all seams with my serger. The instructions tell you to use hem tape at the shoulders to stabilize the seams. It seemed silly to me to buy a package of hem tape for just 6″ worth, so I used clear elastic to stabilize the shoulder seams instead. This worked out perfectly.

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The pattern described an interesting technique for the back of the neckline that I thought was pretty creative. Basically, the neckband is ruched using 1/4″ elastic. I totally messed this part up, by stitching from the wrong side of the fabric, but it still looks really cool.

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My favorite part of this pattern is the flutter sleeves. I’ve never made sleeves like this before, and have never had a shirt with them either. They are fun and flirty, though, and really easy to put in.

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I was drawn to this pattern by its knotted front, but I don’t think that it works so well on me. The side panels leading up to the knot hit awkwardly, and the seams like to flip around. Oh well, it sure is soft and comfy!

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Pattern: Simplicity 1716
Fabric:  1 3/8 yards cream rayon knit
Cost: $10.71 fabric + $1.99 pattern = $12.70
Time: 3 hours
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