Sunday, August 19, 2012

Simplicity 1810---The Sheer, Leopard Print Top

 Well once I finally decided how to bind the neckline/armholes on this top I was able to quickly finish it up and wear it today with a tank top underneath. I'm happy with the finished look! I've had this cute leopard print fabric in my stash for a couple of years so I was happy to put it to use. As I mentioned in my last post, I really want to add versatile pieces to my wardrobe that will go the distance. I plan to get good use out of this top!

Here's the review.....

Simplicity 1810

Time to Sew:
If I hadn't used a sheer fabric this would've been an easy sew---maybe a couple of hours. It took me twice that since I experimented with binding options.

Sewing Ease (scale 1 easy to 10 difficult):
2---it was super easy!

Pattern Description:
Pullover tunic

(up close view)

Pattern Sizing:
I cut a size small.

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

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Very much so!

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I loved the style! It's a cute top to wear with pants or capris.

Fabric Used:
A sheer, gray leopard print polyester with white vertical stripes.

(fabric up close)

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
1. I used the recommended 1/2" bias binding not only for the armholes but also for the neckline. I double folded the binding after it was sewn so it would be 1/4" wide.
2. I serged the hem edge folded it up and sewed a narrow hem edge.

What would you do differently next time?:
1. Not follow the instructions recommendation for sewing the belt and instead sew it so the raw ends aren't visible in the back especially since I didn't want to criss cross the ties in the back.
2. I noticed a slight pucker underneath the front bodice pleats. I think sewing the neck/armhole binding might have caused the extra width. To resolve it I plan to lengthen the pleats.
(back view)

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Probably. I think it's a great pattern for a sheer fabric!!! I definitely recommend it.

Wardrobe Versatility:
1. With black or gray capris or pants
2. Layered with a cardigan or black jacket
3. With a black vest and black leggings

Super cute little top!!!


  1. This is super cute top. I love how you've styled this outfit. It gives me lots ideas for our coming summer.
    I'm also enjoying working with sheers and the decision was finishing the sheer fabric and lining to keep the colours strong and not washing them out.
    Thank you again for sharing.

  2. Love the look of this one, that fabric is really pretty...

  3. Really cute top Victoria! I would go very well with white jeans or capris too! Love this fabric, it's so nice!

  4. A perfect marriage of pattern and fabric. Sheers are so in style, but sometimes difficult to work with or find the right style. Nice work.

  5. Thats one of the nicest animal print fabrics I've seen in a long time - your top looks great! I'm with gwensews - a really good marriage of fabric and pattern :)

  6. What a gorgeous top Victoria - love the print! It looks so cool and comfortable.

  7. Lovely top! Beautifully made and I love the Leopard print!

  8. It was definitely worth the time experimenting with different finishes, because it looks great. Love the fabric, the perfect choice for the simple lines of the pattern.


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