Summer – learn to sew

Simplicity 1589 is a handy ‘learn to sew’ pattern that I’ve chosen this Summer to use leftover fabric one more time.

The square back detailing on View A ‘had me at hello’.

This is a ‘Learn to Sew’ pattern so I followed each step to the letter to learn some new techniques – binding and curved hem finish.

I couldn’t leave these remnants any longer.
Here’s a WIP binding photo showing the square back finish. 

WIP photo of version no1 using store bought bias tape.

This is a very forgiving sleeveless top with scoop neckline and a-line fit. Great for hot humid weather. This style is drape just enough for my height.

The instructions show you to sew 1.5cm from the hem before you start turning it under for a smooth finish.

I made the 8 size and after wearing it, I removed the pre-made bias binding.
The neckline sits much better using self-made bias. The store bought bias had less give and the neckline looked ‘strained’.


After following the instructions, I quickly grabbed this black fluoro yellow print and paired it with a black satin fabric. I’d wear both versions out for any Summer party.

Using this pattern was a stressless way to unlearn some well-entrenched sewing habits. 

The instructions were easy to follow and there were helpful diagrams with the instructions.

Pattern changes
Initially I did a forward shoulder adjustment.

I measured the bust width and left it as is. I also left the length as is. 

Frankly a long flowy top is better than a shorter flowy top that flashes my tummy when the wind picks up.

I’m now thinking this pattern would make a great nightie – if I extend the body length by 10cm. I do like the curved hem, now that I’ve learnt how to sew this properly.

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