Thursday, 10 July 2014

Simplicity 5552 - My Favourite Pattern ? .

Simplicity 5552. Possibly maybe this might be my favourite pattern if I was forced to choose - We will kill your dog ,pull out your eyeballs and confiscate your hidden chai latte cache  if you do not choose your favourite pattern !
I have been admiring the Wiksten Tova pattern but then realized  this simplicity was very similar .
I have made this five times now - twice for Mum and this version is replacing my first version made out of wrinkled white cheesecloth with lace. I wore that far longer than I should have - for seven years ! -but I loved it so much.

This is made out of a self patterned stripey white cotton from the op shop again ( I do sometimes buy new fabric -lol. ) I changed the pattern around  a little. I added a button placket in the front yoke,  slightly widened the ends of the  sleeves and added a band to bind them instead of just using elastic. I used white embroidery thread and using a fancy stitch included in my sewing machine I embroidered around the edges of the yoke. This covered the seams that showed through the white fabric, anchored them down and added an  interesting touch
Close up of the embroidery stitch and front yoke. 

Simplicity 5552, dated 2003. 

I have not yet finished with this pattern. I can imagine a version with a colourful embroidered yoke, a version with tone on tone embroidery, using lace for the yoke and also using a contrasting fabric for the yoke and sleeves as shown in the middle version B above. 

I have also sewed the version of this pattern with the square neckline  out of yoryu georgette . This was made in 2005  and I take this away on just about every holiday I go on because the fabric does not need ironing , feels dry almost as soon as it comes out of the washing machine and I love the colours and pattern.
 I actually made the white  shirt a few months ago and am kind of trying to catch up with blogging. I have finished sewing a dress and couple of shirts as well but I need to bribe my photographers when they are in helpful moods. Until then. Cheers and happy sewing.

PS- what is your favourite sewing pattern ?


  1. A great idea to use one of the fancy stitches on your machine as both a functional and decorative feature of your top. I look forward to seeing your other sewing projects.
    I am still working on the sashiko stitching and have a few ideas to work on.

  2. That is a lovely top. I love the self stripe and the fancy stitching. Great job. My favourite is still the StyleArc creative cate. PS - LOVE that last one - that fabric is gorgeous.

  3. It is a very nice top - and the collar variation makes it look smart. I imagine the collarless style would look quite different.

    The embroidery works well, as Anna says, for functional and decorative reasons, but also it works so well with the self stripe fabric.

    You'll have something new and nice for when summer comes :)

  4. This is incredibly lovely with the embroidery.

  5. I can see why you like that pattern, it looks very versatile. I love it in the white and love, love the sleeves. The colours on the last top are beautiful too.

  6. This is a winner! I have a Lisette simplicity pattern I keep remaking in remnants, but thats nothing compared to this detail and prettiness!

  7. Yes make version B too, with lace and machine embroidery. Sounds nice, and I know you are planning on one colour. But this design makes me think of Eastern European folk tops with lots of colourful embroidery - red, blue, purple, green - really lively and a chance to show off embellishment skills. Nice work.

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