Pattern: Simplicity 3867 Top
Pattern Description: Sleeveless top with empire waist, bust gathers, shoulder and waist pleats, with self-fabric tie.
Pattern Sizing: 6-14 (on my package)
Were the instructions easy to follow? Once you get past the shoulder pleat section, the rest is cake. Since I already made this in the dress version, I didn’t have any problem figuring them out. I would say that the instructions are easy, but the pleats were a pain. That’s why this top was a UFO for so long. I didn’t feel like bothering with the pleats. I used some black fusible interfacing this time around for the shoulder strap section. It’s looks better than the standard white interfacing with this magenta fabric.
Fabric Used: Left over fabric from this same pattern’s dress that I made in September 2007.
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: None really. I used an invisible zipper.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I don’t think I’ll sew this again since I already have the dress and top in the same fabric. I do recommend this top though. It’s very cute and great for this summer.
Conclusion: It’s a nice top. I think it’s funny that this pattern is aimed at beginners since it includes all these pleats and a zipper. I guess it’s not hard too put together. You just have to take your time to clearly mark the pleats so that they are spaced evenly.