Review: Simplicity 8601 | A Bright Yellow Tie-Front Top!

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So, at the beginning of each season, I lightly purge my closet. It keeps me from having a ginormous purge at the end of year. I get rid of things that I know I'll no longer wear. And when my hands landed on McCall's 7360, it shown that it had seen better days. So, I knew I'd need to replace it because I absolutely loved that yellow blouse.
I wanted something similar with the same sort of sleeve detail, because that's why I was drawn to my previous top.
When I ran across Simplicity 8601, I knew it was the one -- and I got a bonus detail with the tie-front.
My fabric is an attention getting bright-yellow hued poly knit from Joann. It's a lightweight stable knit, which I feel is perfect for this top because of the small amount of give. I cut the size 14, but I needed to make a couple of alterations. 
I lengthened the bodice by an inch. There is no designated lengthening or shortening line on this pattern. And whenever that is the case.
I always lengthen at the indicated waistline. Originally, this top is meant to be a cropped style... well, at least it would've been on me. And I wanted mine to be slightly blouson and meeting at the waistband of my pants.
And I also made a one inch FBA. I didn't want dart, so I worked it out.
And I also moved down the opening for the center front ties.
I modified the neckline by ditching the facings and using bias binding.
And gave the keyhole opening a thread chain button loop closure.
Here's a tutorial in case you don't know how to make one.
My pants are Vogue 9181 and the fabric is from Mood Fabrics.com
The split sleeves with ties detail was hat really sold me on this pattern. I'm so glad that I pulled the trigger on this one. The bright color makes me happy and it wears as easy as a t-shirt. I plain to wear this one until it's threadbare, just like its predecessor.

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13 comments

  1. Really love those colors together. Those pants are great!!!

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    1. Thank you Karen. This pants pattern is a favorite!

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  2. i love your blouse! very pretty! :)

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  3. I love all your work.

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  4. Looking good! That yellow pops!

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  5. Hermosa blusa Erica. Como siempre tu blog el mejor de todos
    Un abrazo desde Buenos Aires

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  6. Love this outfit. The contrast between the top and the pants is eye catching and perfect for spring/summer. Thank you for showing your FBA and I like the idea of lengthen the top too. This one is on my list. ;-) Looking good, lady.

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  7. What a colour! Love it! I am still a beginner, but I always look at your blog for inspiration

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