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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Simplicity 1199

Have you seen this Simplicity pattern?  I think I love all five views!  

Simplicity Pattern 1199 Knit Tops for Miss and Plus Sizes

I love this pattern so very much, I purchased it twice!  The first time, I knew I didn't have it in my stash and the second time is a long story.  I knew I'd purchased it but in one of my rather impulsive cleaning/organizing rampages, I misplaced it and thought I had accidentally pitched it.  So, I purchased it for the second time.  Luckily both purchased were when Hancock's was having one of those outrageous sales--five Simplicity patterns for five dollars!

 And, wouldn't you know, as soon as I pull pattern copy number two out along with fabric, yup, you guessed it, I stumble across pattern copy number one.  I will have to re-gift it.

I made view D.  I really love all the views, but wanted to make that cute little crossover back.  It really was super easy and I wore the top today in our almost 90 degree heat with a heat index of mid-90's and didn't keel over!  


There are three layers of fabric in the back with the two overlays and the underlay.  There are two layers in the front as well.  Yet, this top kept me as cool as you can be in this heat and humidity we are having.  

Construction was easy and I only slightly deviated from the directions.  For the collar band, I simply folded mine in half with wrong sides together.  I stitched that to the shirt front/back matching the notches.  This neckband is very, very well drafted and fit beautifully!  Next, I pressed the seam downward to the shirt and topstitched.  The directions want you to fold the band in three and treat it pretty much as bias tape.  I hate doing that with wiggly knits, so I did my own thing.  

I am pleased with how it turned out!


I decided to add sleeve bands instead of hemming as this top requires a lot of it!  I treated the sleeve bands just like the neck band.   

I usually make an FBA but didn't this time.  I don't think I needed it this time.  I did however make a swayback adjustment and sloping shoulder adjustment.   


I really like this top in this bright and summery fabric I purchased from fabric.com.  The ivory knit is from my stash.  

Thanks for reading!


  1. Like this top. I made one of the other views and was rather large. I am glad to you posted the review as it did remind me that I have this pattern and I have other views to try with this one.

    1. Hi Linda, it does run a little on the roomy side.

  2. I like this a lot, Sue! I've been looking for a pattern to use for some sheer and burnout knits- this looks like a great one! Very pretty!

    1. That will be perfect Ann and thank you!

  3. This is next on my list to make only with out sleeves! Love your version.

  4. Is that a Brighton necklace? I love their jewelry.

    1. It is a Brighton necklace! I too LOVE their jewelry!

  5. Another very pretty top in a lovely, summery print. Looks great on you.

  6. I'm loving this pattern, your top looks fab and the back is great with the split and lining