Something New

When I really started sewing I remember saying that I would never sew my own clothes. Never. Ever. Ever. Mostly because I can’t follow a pattern worth a dang. Also because I pictured myself looking like a mega granola Mom in my handmade outfit walking through Whole Foods.
Now I’m eating my words and loving my new ($4 !!!) top.

New Top, Simplicity #3835

The pattern is the oh so popular simplicity #3835 Built by Wendy. There are blogs and
flickr groups devoted to these patterns, so I figured its a good start. Just don’t expect to see me in handmade pants anytime soon (besides pajamas), or vests, or jackets, or underwear, or anything with puff paint.

New Top, Pattern #3835, Simplicity

Note….if you make this pattern make it big. Luckily I read this tip online before cutting mine. I normally wear a medium in shirts, so I cut this at a size 10 thinking it would be big. I still had to use a smaller seam allowance to make it bigger. Next time I’ll cut it at a 12, so be warned it is small!

23 Responses to Something New

  1. Jess April 1, 2009 at 12:00 pm #

    I love this! I’ve seen a couple other shirt patterns that kinda look to roomie-this is perfect. It reminds me of the shirts I made my girls for Valentine’s. Goint to have to get this pattern!

  2. Aimee April 1, 2009 at 12:32 pm #

    That is darling! Off to go buy the pattern…

  3. Beth April 1, 2009 at 12:35 pm #

    Your right! I made a version of the dress into a shirt (because I wanted the contrasting yoke) and the sleeves are too tight!

  4. Rachel H. April 1, 2009 at 1:32 pm #

    SOOO ADORABLE! You really did a super job!

  5. Sara April 1, 2009 at 1:44 pm #

    That is so cute! You did a great job on it! I can’t make clothes worth a darn because I can’t follow the pattern, but this…maybe…
    I love it!

  6. roseylittlethings April 1, 2009 at 1:49 pm #

    Very cute top, love the fabric:)

  7. V and Co. April 1, 2009 at 2:18 pm #

    your shirt is adorable, i think i may need to go get this said pattern!

  8. Mama Megs April 1, 2009 at 2:31 pm #

    Seriously cute! After making a tie for Henderson yesterday I have seriously considered trying to make some clothes-now I think I will :)

  9. Julie April 1, 2009 at 6:03 pm #

    love it! I have felt same the way about sewing clothes for myself, but you have inspired me!

  10. jen April 1, 2009 at 7:50 pm #

    I said the same thing when I started sewing again in earnest. I have long since eaten those words and this pattern was also my first foray. It is a slippery slope…see you in whole foods.

  11. the 6 o'clock stitch April 1, 2009 at 8:08 pm #

    You too, eh! I’ve said the same thing but if I keep seeing wonderful patterns like this one, I’m going to be right behind you.

  12. Mal* April 1, 2009 at 11:21 pm #

    Totally adorable! That’s nothing like a hippy-dippy granola mom in a 4-yard skirt buying tofu. That is one hott mama!

  13. Phyllis April 1, 2009 at 11:35 pm #

    Very cute! I used to sew my girls’ clothes when they were little but always got so frustrated with my own things. I think this would turn out ok if I made it for myself too.

  14. Terriaw April 2, 2009 at 3:01 am #

    I love your new top! Looks like a good fit. I think I might have that pattern, but I haven’t tried it yet. I never know what size to start with.

  15. Christina April 2, 2009 at 4:21 am #

    Holy cow you skinny thing! A 12!?! I’m probably in plus size then! Darn baby weight!! My mom has ALWAYS told me: Never say never. I learned my lesson. :)

  16. metrosupialdesigns April 2, 2009 at 3:34 pm #

    Too cute! I’ve only had this book for a year or so…maybe a top is in order!

  17. Trent and Dianne Rencher April 2, 2009 at 4:11 pm #


  18. Nanm April 4, 2009 at 1:30 pm #

    You must also now start making skirts for yourself, too. They can look so chic. And, it is easy to make your own skirt pattern: Try Sew What Skirts!

  19. Kathy April 5, 2009 at 3:28 am #

    It looks awesome!

  20. Brenda April 6, 2009 at 1:36 am #

    I’ve made a couple dresses from this pattern. They fit so well. Lera from has made many dresses from the pattern and suggested laying the back on the fold instead of using a seam. It works great. Love the top

  21. Dionne April 6, 2009 at 4:15 pm #

    Lovely blouse! I think it looks so comfortable, you’ve inspired me to pull out my clothes patterns!

  22. Delilah August 14, 2010 at 3:38 pm #

    That is so cute. I love simplicity patterns. I just stuggle so much on sleeves. Your sleeves look perfect.

  23. Sabrina @ my little slice of pie March 27, 2011 at 4:47 pm #

    I've made this top, in fact, I'm wearing it right now. Love it!!! It can definitely make you eat your words. Sew on!!!

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