Simplicity 2892 is a pretty easy top with lots of variations. I chose View D and used this printed linen blend. I cut a size 8, even though I typically wear a 4-6 for tops. This was according to the pattern guidelines for bust size (34), but I still thought it was gapey under the arms (I am really narrow), so I took in the seams a bit just under the arms and that made a big difference.
I really like the neckline (plenty of coverage, but not stifling). Oh, and I sewed the bias tape on the wrong side but decided I liked it anyway and left it.
If I were to do this one again (and I might), I wouldn't use a large print like this, even though the model on the package was. The print takes away from the gathered yoke and small ruffle inset. See?
I kind of wish I had done this one in a solid colored weave of sorts. It was pretty easy, although there is a lot of gathering. I have a ruffler attachment for my machine, but I didn't use it on this one. Gathering up all that fabric, on a curve, was most the work.
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And then there is the Cute Skirts pattern. My new fave. I WILL make this one again. And again. I just love it. No zippers. Nice flair. Several variations. Easy to cut. Easy to piece. Sold. I wear a 4 skirt and cut this one as a 6, according to the hip guidelines. Good fit. A lot of reviewers have said they would lengthen it if they did it again, but I shortened mine because I'm only 5'2" or so. This skirt did not use the gores or flounce options (I did not have enough fabric).
There is a wrinkle in the front from laying on my clothes pile last night. It is not sewn in! This looks worse the more I stare at it. Ack. Also, dirty mirror.
I traced my pattern pieces onto sturdier paper because I knew I'd make this again, but also because you have to cut eight panels. I'm glad I did. I don't normally do that, but I can see why people do.
In hindsight, I wish I had top-sewn my panel seams. I did it on the two sides, where it matches up(because no one needs extra fabric poking out on their hips). But once I hemmed the skirt, the rest of the seams flattened out ok it is hangs really well. This polka dot fabric is Spot Lilac from Kaffe Fassett and it has a medium weight. I had bought it for Fidget but had to steal it for myself once it arrived and I saw it in person. It's lovely. I was able to use 1.5 yards, measuring carefully. ;)