Me Made May really showed that I was missing some of the Core Colors from my wardrobe, so I immediately started making Simplicity 1430 View B in a red lawn from Fabric Mart and crossed off a long waiting project.
This cute number went together pretty easily until I hit the neck band technique. My gut instinct was to apply a bias binding, but I decided to follow the pattern. Uh-Oh. The instructions have you apply a pieced neckband, a neckband facing, and stitch through all the layers. That adds up to seven layers at the shoulder seams. The result, even in a lightweight lawn, was a thick rope-like neckband.
I hated this neckband, so I ripped it off and added a 1in facing instead. I’m so much happier with the fit and feel. To keep that cut out look, you could use a bias binding.
The pattern: Simplicity 1430 View B, size 12. Stupid neckband removed and replaced with a facing, closure at CB eliminated and 1/2in added to hip.
The fabric: 100% cotton lawn from Fabric Mart, long sold out.
Notes: Choose an easier option for the neck binding and skip the back closure if you want to.
Simplicty 1430 view B should take you about 3.5 hours to make. A size 12 used 1yd of fabric.
Total cost: $3.50 Fabric $3.50 Pattern $0-stash