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PATTERN CRITIQUE & REVIEW for Simplicity 2689



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Simplicity 2689 Little Girls Pleated Dress/Top

Love to Sew Studio pattern review for Simplicity 2689, little girls top or dress.

Top and belt made from simplicty pattern 2689, made by Raigan to wear in a fashion show.

Grade: A+

The Good
     This top is an excellent project for young sewers with a little experience under their belt. It has optional inset sleeves, and incorporates techniques like pleating, gathering, using fusible interfacing, and making a shirt facing. Although all of this sounds difficult at first, taken slowly, Iíve found this to be a good starter project for girls who have made a few simple garments (circle skirt, tank top, etc.) and are ready to move on to the next step. The project has proven popular among our students and the girls love the look.


The Bad

     It can be difficult to tell the front and back apart, so you may think about incorporating decorative stitches, buttons, or other embellishments on the front yoke to help with this. So far, I've found the girls have the most difficulty stitching the sleeve inside the armhole. Be sure to baste this first!

My Project:  

       Many photographs of this project can be found below, as we stated before this is a favorite among our students.


     If youíve made this project and would like to share your work, send us pictures! We will be happy to post them here. Also, if you have anything else to add in regards to the critique of this pattern, we would love to hear. For both pictures and comments, email us

Thanks for reading. :-) Jessica



Sewing pattern review Simplicity 2689 for little girls pleated top and dress with belt.

Fran made this adorable top for her grand-daughter. She made the sleeves 3/4 length and added a belt from home.

In this photo the student to the right in the green top made this from the pattern. Notice the purple buttons she put on the front not only to embellish her top but also to help determine the front from the back.

Belt made from Simplicity pattern 2689.

Raigan made this adorable top and matching belt. Notice the belt is reversible! This is also included in the pattern.

Top and belt made from simplicty pattern 2689, made by Raigan to wear in a fashion show.



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