Friday, July 29, 2016

Simplicity 2281 pattern hack and another alteration project finally completed!

This is a Cynthia Rowley Simplicity pattern that I lengthened into a blouse.  I have made the dress pattern before here, but wanted to just make a blouse this time.  I really like the neckline and the sleeves on this pattern.

This fabric was from my stash and I really have no idea what the fabric content is.  The top layer is a very sheer fabric - possibly polyester of some sort and the lining is either a rayon or a polyblend - although I'm leaning more towards the polyblend than the rayon.

The armhole on this version turned out quite a bit lower than the armhole on my dress.  Not sure why - maybe I stretched the fabric a little when sewing it.   It still covers the bra though so I'm ok.

The back is secured with just a tie at the top.  No need for a zipper.

To make the top, I extended the front and back bodice pieces about 12 inches and gave them a little bit of a flare on the sides.

I think it turned out quite cute!  I actually had someone at work say they thought it was the nicest thing I have ever made.  That's quite the compliment!!

Part of my Sew '16 Challenge was to rid myself of UFO's and this dress was one of them.  I only wore the dress maybe one or two times and really didn't care for it so I ripped off the top and had plans to just convert it to a skirt.  It's been hanging on the project wall for quite awhile and I can finally say, it's now finished!  

Doesn't it look much better as a skirt?  And, this blue blouse matches it perfectly.

Yeah!  Another UFO completed!!

Total yardage for the blouse = 2.5 yards
YTD stashbustin total = 62.875 yards

Happy sewing everyone!



  1. I think you have made lots of lovely things - but yes, this is certainly lovely - a cheeky shoulder top. And I bet you feel better having finally decided to refashion the dress. The skirt is gorgeous, and you will get lots of wear from a skirt with different tops.

  2. Cute top and nice refashion of your dress!

  3. Great save for the UFO! Loved the dress, but the skirt is beautiful too, lots of options there. Great job & you look lovely!

  4. Lovely top, I like the sleeve details and it does look great with the skirt, which looked nice a dress but if you don't wear it then it needs to change.

  5. The dress turned skirt looks great! And it feels good to save a garment.

    1. Thanks Beverly. I'm liking the skirt alot more now!