Simplicity 2497

09 May 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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  • Cennetta
    Posted at 10:13h, 09 May Reply

    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.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:41h, 10 May Reply

      Thank you, Cennetta! One day I may find that I have enough 🙂

  • Zoe
    Posted at 10:19h, 09 May Reply

    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.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:43h, 10 May Reply

      Thanks, Zoe! I’m out of town at the moment so I can’t be exact but I’m guessing 2 and 1/4 to 2 and 1/2 yards. The ruffle is cut on the bias.

  • Andrea
    Posted at 10:36h, 09 May Reply

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

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:44h, 10 May Reply

      Thank you, Andrea! I washed this silk to begin with but will dry clean now that I’ve made the top.

      • Andrea
        Posted at 10:15h, 12 May Reply

        I couldn’t help myself – some yardage of that fabric is on its way to me now. 🙂

  • Art Attack
    Posted at 10:53h, 09 May Reply

    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

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:47h, 10 May Reply

      How kind, Dorcas! I’m out of town and received notice that you’ve made something on PR. Can’t wait to see what you’re up too!

  • lisa g
    Posted at 11:58h, 09 May Reply

    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!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:51h, 10 May Reply

      Many thanks, Lisa! I have never made the dress but saw a top in a boutique that I’m convinced was made from this pattern. One of these days’ I might move on 🙂

  • naehfreundinstagebuch
    Posted at 12:24h, 09 May Reply

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

  • Irene
    Posted at 12:48h, 09 May Reply

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

  • LindaB.
    Posted at 13:00h, 09 May Reply

    Very Pretty! The ruffles suit you so well!

  • Maggie Edger
    Posted at 13:12h, 09 May Reply

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

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:56h, 10 May Reply

      Thank you, Aunt Maggie! My next project is using one of your great fabrics 🙂

  • Alex in California
    Posted at 13:29h, 09 May Reply

    Frames your face beautifully.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:57h, 10 May Reply

      I was drawn to this neckline from the beginning. Many thanks 🙂

  • Becky
    Posted at 13:34h, 09 May Reply

    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!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:02h, 10 May Reply

      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 🙂

  • Karen Perkins
    Posted at 14:20h, 09 May Reply

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


    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:02h, 10 May Reply

      Thank you, Karen! The ivory goes with several prints and I plan to make a pair of pants with the silk on order. 🙂

  • Claudia
    Posted at 14:52h, 09 May Reply

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

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:04h, 10 May Reply

      Thank you, Claudia! I highly recommend the pattern for the neckline and ruffle! I’ve seen lots of cute dresses made from the pattern too. Go for it!

  • Gjeometry
    Posted at 15:21h, 09 May Reply

    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.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:07h, 10 May Reply

      Many thanks and you will look adorable in this pattern! Love your floral skirt 🙂

  • Julie Starr
    Posted at 17:07h, 09 May Reply

    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.

    • Julie Starr
      Posted at 18:01h, 09 May Reply

      Oh- and it would be perfect with a ribbon skirt :))

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:08h, 10 May Reply

      Thanks, Julie! One day I might have enough :)…………. a ribbon skirt would love fabulous with this blouse! What color do you recommend?

      • Julie Starr
        Posted at 07:21h, 10 May Reply

        Shades of coral would be amazing on you. Did you receive my email last week?

  • Cindy
    Posted at 17:12h, 09 May Reply

    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!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:10h, 10 May Reply

      Thank you so much, Cindy! Perhaps I should make an orange-ruffled garment 🙂

      • Cindy
        Posted at 09:20h, 10 May Reply

        It’s only a matter of time . . . ;=D

  • Vicki
    Posted at 17:34h, 09 May Reply

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

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:10h, 10 May Reply

      Thank you, Vicki! The ruffle is cut on the bias using up a lot of fabric 🙂

  • Karen
    Posted at 17:34h, 09 May Reply

    Very pretty and very flattering!

  • missmarys
    Posted at 19:15h, 09 May Reply

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

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:13h, 10 May Reply

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

      • missmarys
        Posted at 13:38h, 14 May Reply

        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

        • goodbyevalentino
          Posted at 17:10h, 14 May Reply

          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
            Posted at 17:37h, 14 May

            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.

  • Myra
    Posted at 21:11h, 09 May Reply

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

  • poppykettle
    Posted at 00:50h, 10 May Reply

    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!!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:14h, 10 May Reply

      You’d look so cute in this top, Poppykettle! Hope you’ll go for it 🙂

  • Deborah
    Posted at 11:18h, 10 May Reply

    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…..

  • Ann-Britt Uhrbom
    Posted at 11:42h, 10 May Reply

    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.

  • CherryPix
    Posted at 18:36h, 10 May Reply

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

  • Calico Stretch
    Posted at 22:33h, 10 May Reply

    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.

  • mzsweetpea
    Posted at 10:01h, 12 May Reply

    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!

  • gingermakes
    Posted at 12:10h, 12 May Reply

    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!

  • Nay
    Posted at 19:51h, 14 May Reply

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

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  • crystalpleats
    Posted at 01:13h, 20 May Reply

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

  • black label
    Posted at 05:00h, 22 May Reply

    { 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!! 🙂

  • Katherine B.
    Posted at 10:20h, 13 November Reply

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

  • goodbyevalentino
    Posted at 20:32h, 13 November Reply

    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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