Simplicity 2181 is a pattern that I’ve used before. It’s one of those patterns that has completely different views within the one pattern, some not even sharing a pattern piece. Last time I made view A; this time I made view B which has absolutely nothing in common with it.
White t-shirts and tops are a difficult thing. They show every single lump and bump, yet can be a versatile wardrobe option. Additionally, they are often way too see-through. This pattern has a fully self-lined front, plus the twist overlay, so it minimises any chance of see-through and reduces the bulges a little. I sewed a straight size fourteen through the body but twelve through the shoulders. It’s a bit too large through the hips and a bit too small through the waist – but that’s my shape, not a problem with the pattern. I did correct this a bit when cutting out, but should have corrected it more.
I’m considering this a muslin/toile because my eyes keep going straight to my mid-section (but knowing me will probably end up wearing it as is). It is well constructed and well finished, if I do say so myself! I like the 3/4 sleeve, and think that the front twist is lovely – and it’s not difficult. Care needs to be taken with the neckline, so don’t rush it. I can’t quite decide whether the twist creates a waist, or just highlights it’s absence. There are plenty of layers in the side seams, so you wouldn’t want to use a fabric that’s too bulky. This was a slub cotton knit with not a great deal of stretch (possibly from Spotlight, but I’m not sure). I do like the fabric, actually.
I actually made this back in July but had forgotten to blog it! I’m considering the other views of this pattern too – D or E might be nice for summer. This pattern is great value for money.