Category Archives: Simplicity 9107

Paisley Halter, Complete

It may have taken weeks to finally get back to it, but I’m happy to say, my paisley halter is…. FINISHED!
So, let’s talk about the good, the bad, and the ugly with this pattern!
The good: The overall design is exactly what I was looking for, plus it’s simple to put together.
The bad: If you’re wanting to make this top for yourself, it might be difficult to find as it is now out-of-print. I’m not sure how old it is, but I believe it is pre-New Look. It also needs a bit of ‘updating’ in the length of the finished top as it is a bit short for today’s styles.
The ugly: Whoever wrote the directions for working with stretch fabric needs to be fired. There is a lot of straight stitching going on which is a definite ‘no-no’ when working with knits – I can’t imagine all the popped seams and stitches you would have after trying to put it on. This pattern is also an unnecessary fabric hog. The entire front of this top is supposed to be lined in self fabric. I know that this is to create a finished edge, but a shelf bra (which is what I opted to make instead) would do the same thing without wasting material. Lastly, is the sizing. While the fit is good, the amount of elastic needed for the back of the top is WAY too much. After an initial fitting, I wound up having to take it all out and remove 4 1/2″… and it’s still a bit on the lose side!
I’m not going to say that I wouldn’t recommend this pattern – it’s got good bones. However, before you start sewing this one up, I would recommend tweaking it a bit to avoid some headaches!

Add Another Project To The List

With as simple as the halter top is that I’m working on, you would have thought I would be done by now, but it seems like lots of little projects keep creeping in. The latest? Butterick 4526 (which will appear on the sidebar soon) – the wrap coverup. Taylor was invited to a Hawaiian themed party this weekend and is supposed to dress up. We thought this was a cute design (and simple to sew, too) and selected a large floral print from Hancock Fabrics to make it look more tropical.
As for the halter, the shelf bra is inserted as well as the back elastic. However, when I slipped the top on to check it’s fit, I felt the back was way too losose, he back is still loose, so I’m going to have to rip it out and shave off several inches (yes, several!). Now where did I put my seam ripper?

Paisley Halter

Since Taylor’s been out of school for the summer, we’ve been spending more time at the mall. Consequently, I’ve been browsing a whole lot more than usual – one top that really caught my eye was a layered, teal, paisley tank at Express. Unfortunately, there was nothing in my size, otherwise I would have snatched one up. It was just a few days later that I saw Ann had posted a very similar fabric and I jumped on it immediately!
While I know my top won’t be a knock-off of Express’, it’s definitely inspired by it! When I dug through purged my pattern stash, I finally discovered my (what I thought was) long lost Simplicity 9107 which is very similar in design. However, I’ve decided to make a few changes to the pattern. The instructions call for cutting out the front pattern piece twice (I’m guessing so that it will act as a lining) – instead, I’m saving some of my precious jersey and inserting a shelf bra instead. Not only will this reduce the bulk when hemming, but I don’t have to worry about wearing a bra with this top – actually, I’m not exactly sure how you would anyway!