Saturday, August 25, 2012

10th Anniversary Weekend Part 1- Simplicity 2580 Top

 (Colorful water fountain at Jacksonville Landing) 

We just made it back from a weekend in Jacksonville, FL celebrating our 10th Wedding Anniversary which was on Friday, August 24th. Wow, in this day and age 10 years definitely feels like a milestone. I'm very blessed to have married my best friend. We've been together for 15 years and Lord knows I wouldn't have all the fun I have without him!!!! He brings out the best in me.  Here's a little Wedding flashback photo.....

 We were planning to celebrate by jet-setting to somewhere exotic or flying out west but had to put those plans on hold. Instead at the last minute we decided to take a trip to Jacksonville. Well a week before our trip I decided to change up my sewing plans. Originally I'd planned to use this lovely floral fabric...................but after thinking long and hard about it I knew we were more than likely to go out for a night on the town then go to a fancy restaurant---not really our thing. So I thought I'd sew up something fun and sexy instead. Lord I went through all my patterns----TWICE! I was determined to find something that would embody the fun I knew we were going to have. So I ran across Simplicity 2580 and decided to convert it into a top. I knew it would fit the bill perfectly and my Hubby's positive reaction (his face lit up)  confirmed that completely!!! I finished this top in enough time and was also able to make McCall's 6241 too (I'll review it in the next post).

Simplicity 2580
(After a late night an elevator photo was as good as it was gonna get! LOL. BTW, I was wearing khaki capris and flip flops.)

Time to Sew:
This one would have been an easy 2 hours to sew up if I hadn't had to go back and take it apart for some alterations. Now you see why I usually like to make a muslin. Picking small zigzag stitches is no fun. So it took me about 3 1/2 or so.

Sewing Ease (scale 1 easy to 10 difficult):
It's about a 4

Pattern Description:
It's a knit halter dress that I converted to a top.
 (back view)

Pattern Sizing:
I cut the 10 for the bodice, increasing to size 12 at the waist and grading to a size 16 at the hem to add flair to the bottom of the top.

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

Were the instructions easy to follow?

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I loved the key hole design and the fact it was a halter top.

Fabric Used:
I used a thin knit with a red, white and light blue paisley design. I've had this fabric in my stash FOREVER---back when I learned to sew in 2004. I was glad to find the right pattern for it!
(up close view)

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
1. I reduced the skirt length to convert the dress to a top.
2.  I reduced sides of front bodice piece by 1 1/2"
3.  Did shortwaist alteration---Took out 1" out of center back skirt and tapered to nothing at side seams to reduce length.
4. Created an elastic casing instead of pattern directions. I attached bodice back and front pieces as instructed. I then sewed through both back pieces (lining and fabric) 1" from top back edge--from side seam to side seam. A casing was created. I then too 3/4" elastic and ran it through the casing and adjusting fit. Once good fit was achieved I sewed elastic by tacking the elastic on each side seam.

What would you do differently next time?:
-If I use another thin knit I would interface all of the pattern pieces initially. I did this to the back piece, but had to add the interfacing to the front bodice after it was already sewn up and I realized the stretch was too much. The addition of a knit fusible interfacing really controlled the stretch.
-I'd also lengthen the bodice about an inch or so.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I'd love to sew it as a dress. That was my original intention before I'd seen this top.

Wardrobe Versatility:
-with white slacks and a white blazer
-with white jeans
-with red or light blue capris or pants
-shorts in khaki, white & light blue.

Super cute top!!!!

NEXT: 10th Wedding Anniversary Part II: Review of McCall's 6241.....


  1. Happy Anniversary and hope you really enjoyed yourself! (looks like you did!). I love that top, soooo cute! You should make this one as a dress too!

  2. Great top! Happy anniversary too!

  3. Fabulous top! Happy Anniversary!

  4. This is really sharp and fun and perfect for a weekend getaway- congratulations on your anniversary. Marrying your best friend is a wonderful thing.

  5. Happy anniversary. You look terrific in this top and happy from a fun celebration.

  6. Happy Anniversary! You're right 10 years is a rarity in this day and age! My husband and I hit the big 10 this year also. I love your top. I've made this top but from an existing pattern. I'm not daring enough to convert yet : )

  7. Super cute top on you. Happy Anniversary!

  8. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!! Very cute top!

  9. congratulations and the top looks great, good fabric choice.

  10. Happy anniversary. You were a gorgeous bride. It doesn't look like you've aged a bit since that day. We are about to celebrate 20 years. Love your top. You look amazing.

  11. Happy Anniversary!! Best wishes for many more years together!

  12. Happy Anniversary, and I hope you have many more years together. That is a cute top on you.

  13. Happy Anniversary! Nice top! I love an item of clothing that embodies an event.

  14. Congratulations 10 years is definitely a milestone. Happy Anniversary. Love the top, as always great fabric choice.

  15. Congratulations on 10 years. We had the same milestone this year too.
    I hope your celebrations are loads of fun and your top is a good way to continue celebrating.


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