Simplicity 8693 - Off the Shoulder Button Sleeve Top!

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Simplicity 8693 - Off the Shoulder Button Sleeve Top - Erica Bunker DIY Style!
My sweet sewing friend Dibs Maxwell, gifted me this gorgeous green wool crepe from her store Selvedge and Bolts. The fabric is so gorgeous that I wanted to make something that I would enjoy wearing often, and this fabric is lightweight enough to go from fall to spring.
Source: Look 1 and Look 2
I researched wool crepe separates and the possibilities were so good. 
Simplicity 8693 - Off the Shoulder Button Sleeve Top - Erica Bunker DIY Style!
I decided to go with Simplicity 8693. I can't believe I slept on this pattern for so long. I bought it when it was initially released, but never got around to it. And it turned out to be perfect for this cut of fabric.
Simplicity 8693 - Off the Shoulder Button Sleeve Top - Erica Bunker DIY Style!
Pre-shrinking 100% Wool Crepe: Now, you can spend the big bucks and take your 100% wool crepe to the dry cleaners and have them steam it for you. Or, if you're like me -- throw it in the dryer with a wet towel. Always serge the raw edges first. Make sure it's a well-used towel, so that you won't get lint all over your beautiful cut of wool. Wet the towel thoroughly with hot water... soaked all the way through, but not dripping. Set your dryer to high for about 40 minutes. And lay your fabric flat to cool.
Simplicity 8693 - Off the Shoulder Button Sleeve Top - Erica Bunker DIY Style!
I cut the size 16, to insure that it would hang properly off the shoulder. I didn't need to make any adjustments at all to this. It was perfect straight from the envelope.
Simplicity 8693 - Off the Shoulder Button Sleeve Top - Erica Bunker DIY Style!
It's the button sleeve detail for me! This is what sold me on this pattern and what makes it unique.
Simplicity 8693 - Off the Shoulder Button Sleeve Top - Erica Bunker DIY Style!
These are functioning buttonholes!
Simplicity 8693 - Off the Shoulder Button Sleeve Top - Erica Bunker DIY Style!
Simplicity 8693 - Off the Shoulder Button Sleeve Top - Erica Bunker DIY Style!
Here is a close up of my buttons. They are gold metal shank buttons size 24L/15MM (5/8") from Mood Fabrics.
Simplicity 8693 - Off the Shoulder Button Sleeve Top - Erica Bunker DIY Style!
The front and the back of the pattern is exactly the same. And the neckline is incredibly flattering.
Simplicity 8693 - Off the Shoulder Button Sleeve Top - Erica Bunker DIY Style!
See my tutorial on How to Sew Lined Pants!
This top is versatile enough to work with jeans and a dressier trouser.
Simplicity 8693 - Off the Shoulder Button Sleeve Top - Erica Bunker DIY Style!
See my tutorial on How to Sew Your Own Jeans!
I love this top so much and I'm going to wear it so much this season.

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12 comments

  1. Just gorgeous. I especially love it with the white pants but it also looks great with the jeans. Thanks for the tips for shrinking wool.

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    1. Thank you so much Angie! Glad that you like it!

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  2. Love this top! The green color is really nice. Earrings are great too!!!

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  3. Love it! Especially striking with the white pants. I miss Simplicity patterns. They disappeared from this country years ago and have become exceptionally expensive to obtain (more than Vogue reg price with duties, shipping, and exchange). Very disappointing. Thanks for the tip about wool. It's a fabric I don't sew often so I forget those tips. -JL

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    1. That's unfortunate about the patterns not be readily available there. I haven't sewn with wool crepe in a while and I forgot just how much I love it. Thanks!

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  4. Love the top, thank you for the fabric prep tip!

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    1. You’re welcome. Thank you so much... I’m glad you like the tips!

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  5. Gorgeous!! Thanks for the tips on shrinking wool crepe!

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  6. Love this top! The button details are great and you wear that off the shoulder look well. Also, appreciate the wool care tip...cutting wool today so will try your tip.

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  7. This is such a lovely top! You are such a sewing inspiration, Erika! You make me look at patterns and fabrics I would would never consider before.

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