Those of you who come to this blog for sewing content haven't had much to see in a while. But today, I present to you my fourth version of Simplicity 2614! (Here are my first, second, and third versions.)
This time I decided to make the short cuffed sleeves from View C, although I didn't make View C's tie neck. The tie neck really isn't my style, plus I'm trying to focus on making tops that are more simple and less fussy in the collar area. During some of the me-made challenges in the past two years, I kind of became known as the authority on wacky-print, button-down blouses. It's a mantle I bear proudly, but I also think there's a fine line between having a trademark look and being in a rut. So for my spring and summer sewing at least, I'm aiming for no collars, and fewer buttons.
Simplicity 2614 is the perfect answer. The views without the tie neck have a simple, faced (collarless) neckline, and with the fabric cut on the bias, the top has enough give to pull on over the head without any buttons or zippers.
The fabric selvedge said the name of this print is "Magic Beans" by American Jane for Moda Fabrics. I got mine at Whipstitch, where they also had several other colorways in stock. After I bought this fabric with S2614 in mind, I briefly had second thoughts, because with such a definite stripe, the bias-cut sections would end up looking diagonal. But I'm glad I went ahead with it, because I actually really like how it looks. In different parts of the garment, the print looks variously horizontal, diagonal, and vertical. The print becomes much more dynamic instead of just being a static repetitive stripe.
Oh, Simplicity 2614, how I love you! Readers, I have a feeling you haven't seen the last of this pattern on this blog.
I just know some of you out there have made this top. Leave me some links to your versions--I'd love to see them!