Simplicity 3927 is an "It's so easy" pattern for a tunic with handkerchief-like sleeves (View A) or a sleeveless version (View B). The bodice is fully lined. I made View B.
Although this pattern is designed for wovens, I decided to use a matte jersey print from Gorgeous Fabrics. Since my fabric is a knit, I eliminated the center back zipper. If I make this again, I will eliminate the center back seam and cut on the fold. I didn't do it this time because I wasn't sure if I would need to do some adjusting to the back neck line. I found out, I did not. The back neckline does not gape. I cut a size 10, but had to do several modifications to "Make it Work".
The bust is probably designed for a large B or C cup. I am not that big, so I had to take about 1/2" off the bottom of the bodice top where you would gather for the cup. I also decided to add 1/4" to the front and back shoulder seams to give me more room in the armhole. This lowered the front V. The V-neck is already cut pretty low so I ended up taking 5/8" off the center front bodice section. This raised the V-neck considerably and reduced the size of the cup. So it was a good adjustment for me. Since my bodice was now reduced by 1 1/4", I also had to reduce the midriff front and lower front panel by the same amount. Once I did this, my pattern pieces matched up and came together perfectly. I didn't make any adjustments to the back pieces. I took 4" off the hem.
One thing I do not like about the pattern is that the midriff pieces are cut wider at the top and narrower at the bottom. This shape causes some gaping under the bust along the midriff line. In the future, I would cut my midriff piece like a rectangle and eliminate the wider curve at the top. My bust is so small, I don't need this curve. Also, the instructions do not tell you to understitch along the neckline or armhole. This is imperative if you do not want your lining to show at the neckline or armhole seam. It was especially important for me since I ran out of fashion fabric and had to cut my front bodice lining pieces out of white matte jersey. Overall, I am happy with how this top turned out and it is a great travel outfit, since it does not wrinkle.
I made the skirt from another clearance dress that I picked up with this dress. It is a petite size 6 made out of black matte jersey. The bodice did not fit me, but the six paneled skirt portion did, and it was well made. So I cut the bodice off and attached 1" wide elastic to the top and turned it down and coverstitched.
Oh, I love a skirt that is this easy to come by! Happy Sewing!
My name is Shannon, but my siblings call me Mushy... I am a 44 year old wife and mom. I started sewing in junior high or high school on my mom's Viking. I had an amazing Home Economics teacher who taught me solid techniques. By my junior year, I had sewn a Vogue Bellville Sassoon dress, rated "advanced" for prom. Sewing runs in the family. I was bound to catch the "bug". I hope to inspire you to pursue your sewing interests as I have been inspired by others in the sewing community to pursue mine. Thanks for visiting!