Sometimes you just need to sew this basics, because if I’m being honest the basics are really what I wear the most often. I love sewing the fun stuff like fancy dresses, backless tops and even swimsuits, but you can always use a t-shirt!
This one is great because I can wear it on the weekends with jeans, but I can also get away with wearing it to my business casual desk job. I prefer a V-neck tee so Simplicity 8177 is one of my favorites. I feel it’s often overlooked because the duster and pants are what catch your eye first, but this is a well drafted tee.
It offers a longs and short sleeve option as well as a pocket (that I omitted here). If installing a v-neck band seems tricky (they used to seem impossible to me) watching Mimi install it on the accompanying video is very helpful.
Pattern: Simplicity 8177
Pattern Description: Pattern features a duster length coat or vest, long or short sleeve knit top and wide leg pants with cuff and high waistband.
Sizing: 10-18, 20W-28W I sewed an 18
Fabric Used: Navy and white stripe jersey
Does it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope? Yes, even though you can’t really see it.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes as it’s a simple make, but if you get stuck on anything you can watch the sewalong video.
Likes: easy, quick top.
Pattern alterations or any design changes made: None except omitting the breast pocket
Would I sew it again? Yes, this is already my second time making it.
Would I recommend it to others? Yes, definitely