Documenting my sewing adventures, and the ins and outs of learning to adjust patterns for a perfect fit.

Torrid inspiration by way of Simplicity 1317 View D with a few twists and turns

Happy Friday!

 So one day this week, I received an email from Torrid, which I love this store but I don't shop there often but I do love their clothing. And I went to the one of the sweaters, and I was like oh nice!!

Go here for original Torrid Lace Sleeve Raglan $44.50

I like.. I can make this..So I went home went through my collection and found Simplicity 1317.  Went through bin after after for fabric and found this piece of value fabric I had got at Hancock over the summer for 4.95.
Now let me first admit looking at the piece of fabric which was probably a little under a yard. I knew it was going to be a stretch to get a shirt out of it but I loved the color so I said we well make it work.

First Problem

There was a hole, and both pieces were suppose to be cut on the fold, where the hole was.. so a little light bulb goes off Threads Magazine August/September edition has an article about how to insert a lace filled slot seam! So I made a 5/8 seam allowance and said I will fill the seam allowance with lace
 I read the article a little more math that I could catch being a newbie so I stuck with making the lace  1 inch 1/2 folded it basted it in half. 
Attached it to the basted seam 
Then open the seam

The article was more detail specific and worth grabbing, moving on

Second Problem

Inspiration, says, deep scoop neck, Simplicity 1317 is a higher neck line. What do I decide to do, cut the neck line for small, but keep it going to the Large shoulder area. Simple fix this will work

Third Problem

Did Not take into consideration of the neckline, needed new neck band. I tried to force it didnt work I added to the neck band out of the little pieces I had left, it neckline doesn't lay flat now perfectly but it will do! I did ask Nakisha of  Sew Crafty Chemist Check her out here, if I could fix it. She pointed out that raglans are best for people with broad shoulders. Which made me very happy because thats me.. like a mini linebacker I am lol! She had suggestions on what I could do, but when I tried it on with a bra it seemed to be a little bit better, so Im just going throw on some necklaces when I wear it

Fourth Problem

I was suppose to cut two bands, for the bottom only had one, so this means I had to be creative, so I took the lace and used that as the front band for the bottom.


So I wanted to pair it with some jeans, but would you believe I do not have any jeans!! Not 1 pair! I normally wear slacks, so I came across these jeans and I want them but having a hard time justifying purchasing jeans already ripped lol

Jeans are made by PZI Jeans, style is Tiffany distressed skinny jeans $79.00 they do have 30% sale labor day weekend

First time working with lace, not to bad.... So what do you think of the sweater?


  1. How creative with the top! Raglan sleeves are my favorite--and they are good for full busted and broad shoulders. I love the lace detailing, also.

  2. Great job! Even though you run into snags you still turn out nice pieces! Keep up the good work! You'll be a pro in no time :-)


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