It's been a while since I've done any proper sewing so I decided it was time to dip my toes in the home-sewn waters again. I wanted to make something that would gently ease me back into making my own clothes again so I picked the Simplicity 1589 'Learn to Sew' pattern. There were 2 options to choose from and I opted for view B. I wear these style of loose sleeveless tops quite often, paired with skinny jeans or slim leg trousers.
Even though I have a pretty hefty fabric stash, I still didn't have anything suitable to make this top out of. I managed to pick up a metre of fabric on Ebay for £3.95. It's a polyester/rayon mix, nothing too fancy but a good fabric for this style of top and cheap enough not to worry about if I mess it up. It's quite a sheer fabric so a top worn underneath is required (unless you're feeling brave).
The pattern was clearly marked out and the instructions really easy to follow. I didn't need to make any alterations to the pattern as I found the pattern true to size, I normally wear an 8-10 on top and I cut this pattern on an 8 and it fits great. It's quite a loose fit with plenty of ease so you could easily go down a size if you wanted.
Having read other bloggers reviews on this pattern, I didn't find it that quick to so up, It was easy and straightforward however. My fabric was a little unstable and tricky to work with and I am quite a slow sewer, having had experience of rushing things, making mistakes and then having to un-pick my stitches countless times has definitely taught me to sew with 'more haste less speed', and anyway it doesn't matter how fast you can sew it's how good the finished thing looks at the end.
Overall I'm pretty happy, not my best sewing, but not my worst either. It's holding together and resembles a top much like on the pattern sleeve so I think I did a good job!
I think I'm going to try out top A from the pattern too, but am undecided on whether I like the open back our not? I think this style will be more wearable as I can wear it loose with jeans, and shorts in the summer, or have it tucked into high waisted skirts or trousers. I may piece the pattern pieces together and cut the back as one piece without the cut-out detailing...then again I may make both versions!