Off-the-shoulder tops are everywhere this summer and, after trying a few on in stores, I resolved to sew one up. I debated drafting my own pattern, but decided against it when I saw Simplicity 8646 on sale.
I bought Simplicity D0959 or 8646 during a pattern sale at Joann’s. It cost me only $1.99! (According to the Joann’s website, Simplicity patterns will be on sale again July 20-22.)
The pattern called for “stretch knits only,” but, ever the sewing rebel, I chose a woven. I ordered this navy cotton lawn from Fabric.com ages ago thinking I’d make a button down shirt with it. It is similar to fabric used for off-the-shoulder tops I’d seen while shopping, so I decided to use it for this blouse instead. Although I ordered it a while ago, this fabric is still available on Fabric.com for $4.78/yard. I used under 2 yards for this top, making my total for this make under $10!
The pattern envelop identifies size small for 32 1/2 – 34 in. busts. After checking the pattern pieces against a loose top I already own, I cut the small as directed.
This top was one of the easiest things I’ve sewn. If you can sew a straight line, you can sew this top. I made no alterations at all with the exception of cutting the elastic band for the neck opening a few inches longer than recommended. The length suggested was too tight across my shoulders.
The fit is great and I’ve worn this top twice thus far. First, I wore it on vacation with my husband. We were playing tourists in 105 degree heat and a loose top was perfect for the unbearable heat. I paired it with shorts and a pair of sneakers. For the second wearing, I tossed it 0n with these RTW white jeans and ran errands around town.
While I have seen similar tops in stores as low as $25, my DIY version was cheaper and is the exact color and fit I wanted. The pattern is great and would make a fantastic first garment for a new sewist.
My only complaint is the fact the top is not “activity friendly.” Every time I move my arms, the top pops up over my shoulders and has to be readjusted. It got annoying while trying to reach for items on the top shelves at Target. I think I’ll reserve this top for activities that do no require lots of stretching and reaching.
Overall, a great make!