Simplicity 2497

While sewing my casual knits the ruffles were calling my name, and I answered. The craving to sew ruffles was stronger than any craving I’ve ever had for chocolate, but I tried to be practical and made an all-purpose white shirt.

IMG_1631Of course it’s all-purpose!

Mood Fabric’s Ivory Solid Goes with Everything Silk really does go with everything in my closet!

It’s perfect with my re-fashioned floral pants….

party ready with my celebration skirt….


and very practical when combined with jeans for a walk in the park. That’s right – if Kate Spade wears silk to the flea market then I’m wearing silk to walk the dog :)


I believe I can even take it to a formal level!

IMG_1615Sewing this converted Cynthia Rowley dress pattern for the fourth time made for easy sewing.  Since the ruffle is gathered down the center rather than along the seam line, my ruffler stayed in its box and I gathered it the old fashioned way. I also widened the ruffle along the lower neckline. The arms and neckline were finished with self made bias-strips from the silk fabric, and I hemmed the top by hand to get a truly invisible hem.

Just for fun I’m including the three previous tops from this pattern below.

ruffle-topsEach is unique and my latest will certainly find its place in my wardrobe.

I truly love my new top but I don’t know which I love more, the pattern or this wonderful silk. I’ve already re-ordered four more yards!

… A very practical move if you ask me ;)

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61 Responses to Simplicity 2497

  1. Cennetta says:

    This elegant top is an unusual staple. It does go with everything! I love how you’ve styled it here. And it is just as beautiful as your previous version.

  2. Zoe says:

    hi: love it! how much fabric did you use for the blouse? I have the pattern and would love to use it as a blouse also. Thank you.

  3. Andrea says:

    I love this top and the fabric! Did you hand wash your silk or do you intend to dry clean?

  4. Art Attack says:

    You truly are a dyed-in-the-wool ruffle girl. Make that dyed-in-the-silk. Uber flattering on you although you’d be cute as pie in a gunny sack…;D

  5. lisa g says:

    how funny, i was just thinking about this pattern the other day because i made it up once (long ago…) in an awful shiny polyester before i knew anything about fabrics and am craving a summery re-do! love your versions!

  6. naehfreundinstagebuch says:

    I think, you did a great Job.
    Wunderbares Top!
    Liebe Grüße von Susan

  7. Irene says:

    You look wonderful in ruffles! Looks like a winning wardrobe staple.

  8. LindaB. says:

    Very Pretty! The ruffles suit you so well!

  9. Maggie Edger says:

    Even though I’m past the ruffle age, I do love ruffles and on you it is perfect. A.Maggie

  10. Alex in California says:

    Frames your face beautifully.

  11. Becky says:

    This is lovely! A great, feminine wardrobe staple. It will look fabulous with everything. I predict you will wear this out! Did you raise the neckline from the pattern? The pattern looks much lower. I may have to have one of these!

    • Thank you, Becky! I did raise the neckline by an inch or so. My first two tops are lower but fit nicely, however the turquoise top was too low and I decided to play it safe and raise it – I like the adjustment and it makes for a comfortable top now :)

  12. Karen Perkins says:

    Absolutely fabulous! I love it , especially with your refashioned pants.


  13. Claudia says:

    A beautiful garment and such a variety of possibilities, you look amazing in every style!
    I need this pattern ;-)
    Best regards

  14. Gjeometry says:

    Love, love, love this!!! Now, I must go out and immediately buy that pattern. You did such a great job with it. The top is like a chameleon and everything you paired it with, it changes the look of it. I think my favourites are outfit 1 and outfit 4.

  15. Julie Starr says:

    Yep – ruffles + Sarah = fabulous. That silk looks wonderful and your top looks right at home with every one of those outfits. I’m still not brave enough to sew on silk.

  16. Cindy says:

    If there is one consistent theme in your sewing besides a love of all things orange, it’s that you love and crave ruffles. Seems to me you’ve been a tad ruffle-deprived lately, and it was only a matter of time before another lovingly hand-crafted beauty showed up with you in it, glowing with happiness. This looks to be an excellent piece for your wardrobe and, as you’ve demonstrated, is the perfect interchangeable piece to center a lot of different looks. Excellent work as always!

  17. Vicki says:

    Love all of them. Looks pretty easy to copy – is the ruffle cut on the straight grain or the bias?

  18. Karen says:

    Very pretty and very flattering!

  19. missmarys says:

    Very versatile pattern for sure. The fabric choices are lovely.

    • Many thanks! I’ve found this pattern works in several fabrics and may make one more in a cotton voile.

      • missmarys says:

        Hi Sarah
        I’m performing closet lipo for a garage sale. I’ve lost quite a bit of weight and have to get rid of clothing.

        I could perform some refashioning on some things but lack the confidence to do so.

        Mentioned four bloggers I follow in my post.

        Any suggestions?

        Mary Fioretti

      • Mary,
        Congratulations on the weight loss! If you’re interested in refashioning any of your clothing then I would hang on to a few pieces. There is a Craftsy course on refashioning but I haven’t tried it. Good luck!

      • missmarys says:

        I’m so nervous about cutting into the fabric. But if the camel colored pants (wool/rayon) don’t sell, I’m going to try to make a skirt. I just need to find a good skirt pattern.

        Thanks for your reply.

  20. Myra says:

    These blouses always look gorgeous on you! This one included!

  21. poppykettle says:

    That is one versatile little top. And every time I see you next version of it I keep thinking… I really must try this one for myself!! You look lovely in all iterations!!

  22. Deborah says:

    Can a woman ever have too many ruffles? I say not. Looks so pretty and goes with so many other items in your wardrobe. You know what works for you…..

  23. I have cravings for ruffles and chocolate too, and it´s quite okay. Your new top is very cute, especially with the pink skirt, pink toenails and the gorgeos shoes in pink and silver. Of course I also like the other combos, they are all nice and fits you so well.

  24. CherryPix says:

    Beautifully ruffled and not a feather insight! You’ve got a great TNT/ signature look with this pattern!

  25. Oh silk is gorgeous and works so beautifully walking the dog and beyond! I am learning about so much and silk is on my list to sew soon. Soon. Soon.

  26. mzsweetpea says:

    Is this silk easy to sew, like dupioni is? Does it have drape? Like all your versions, I think Cynthia Rowley’s pattern is a good one, what about version B replacing the puffed sleeves with a short ruffle going around the sleeveless arm…..I think you could wear any kind of ruffle you wanted!

  27. gingermakes says:

    Lovely! The ruffles really frame your face beautifully! I love that you can pair this just as well with orange trousers and with a floor-length formal skirt!

  28. Nay says:

    I love this ivory version the best. Ruffles are just elegant and gorgeous don’t you think?

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  30. You have done this pattern justice through your different versions. Love all the looks you put together with this one.

  31. black label says:

    { WOW WOW WOW } those white ruffles remind me of delicate white chocolate…ive added this pattern to my wishlist purely based on your amazing results. evil woman!! :-)

  32. Katherine B. says:

    I just love what you did here..I am a beginner hard is this to sew? is the ruffle collar pretty difficult?

  33. Katherine,
    Thank you so much. It wasn’t difficult to make but the pattern is a dress which I converted. I have found the key to successful sewing is being careful and following the instructions. This top was one of the first I made after I started the blog. Practice on a muslin and you’ll have it figured out quickly. Good luck! :)

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