Simplicity 3835

I want to shout it from the rooftops! (if I could climb on my roof….) I love, love, love this top and pattern! It’s Simplicity 3835, view C, size 12. I made it with some swiss dot fabric I got at Joann’s on sale a little while ago (for like $3 a yard, sweet). 
I added a little tie to “belt” it a little, which I love! I didn’t add any elastic in the sleeves, it fit fine as is. It’s seriously so comfortable and fits like a dream. I am definitely making one of these in some voile, I can’t imagine how comfy that would be. I’d probably have to avoid wearing it so I wouldn’t fall asleep in the middle of the day.

You know I couldn’t leave you without a dumb face Jess pic, right? 


  1. I’ve been reading your blog for some months and admired your works with this horrible feeling that I’ll never dare make clothes for my kids – but craftiness is not optional! and I had to try 😉 I’ve seen all the step by step courses you have published and said “Gosh, if I don’t try I’ll never know if it’s so complicated or so easy as it seems”.
    And tadam! My first attempt, an apron for my one-year-old helper:

    Thank you for all the inspiration you’re giving to me!

  2. You are too much fun!! I love that you are making all these shirts for yourself. Maybe this is where I need to start since I do not have a little girl to make adorable dresses for. All of your new shirts are so stinkin cute!

  3. Love it. I think I’ll have to find that pattern soon!

  4. Jess- I love it. Thanks to you, all I can think about is sewing for myself. Thank you for forging the way. You are my Hero. I can’t wait to be done with summer vacations and back to sewing.

  5. This looks great! You’ve been sewing up a storm with all the tops you’ve been able to crank out. I’m really looking forward to making some things for myself, just need the time with these four littles rushing around me :).

  6. You are on a ROLL!! I actually pulled out some of my patterns yesterday because of all your tops. And then put them away hee hee :) I seem to collect fabric in 1/2 yard increments, not enough for a top for me, typically. Especially now since I’m preggers.

  7. That neckline is gorgeous, so flattering! Love it! :)

  8. It looks fantastic! And your face isn’t dumb. You look wonderful.

  9. Is that the right pattern #? I’m at Joan right now & I can’t find it! That pattern # is not even in the Simplicity book. Help!

  10. I love your blog! :) You give me so much inspiration to sew for myself. I usually only make things for my little nieces and nephews. :) Thank you so much for your help! and I am so jealous of the shirt and fabric!! How do you get these things on sale? Craziness!! :)


  11. Love all the shirts you’ve been making lately. So cute! It’s even more impressive that you used a store bought pattern since I always find the directions hard to follow. Way to go!

  12. I am a new sewer but really enjoy your blog! What type of fabric do you typically use for clothing?

  13. Ok, I’ve figured out from a little research that it’s actually “Built by Wendy” by Simplicity. Is that correct? But it seems like it’s out of print, & it’s not even showing up in the OOP section of the Simplicity website :-(. Was this one that you just bought on your recent shopping spree, or did you already have this pattern?

  14. so cute jess. seriously you’re amazing! Hope you have a great weekend. :)

  15. @ Danelle: I purchased this pattern only a month ago at my local Joann’s. I did have to check after going a few times, it seems like a popular pattern. Good luck! I hope you can get your hands on it!


  16. Hmm, I will try to hunt it down, then. I was perplexed b/c it wasn’t in the index of the pattern book, nor did they have a tab/marker for it in the drawer. Maybe I can find it at Hobby Lobby. At least you’ve given me some hope of finding it! Thx :-)

  17. Anonymous says:

    I love that you are sewing for yourself and making lovely things. You deserve it! By the way, PLEASE stop calling yourself names. My mother did that and I ended up with a terrible body image that I fight to be rid of. I make a major effort not to say negative things about myself but apparentley I slip up because my 4 year old refered to her thighs as fat while crying. Boy did I feel like a failure :(
    Anyway, I’m not trying to lecture you! I think you are hilarious, talented, adorable, and awesome! :)
    – Lisa

  18. Great Job, Jess. The top looks perfect on you!

  19. I love this pattern too! I have made many shirts from this pattern and the dress once too (though I never blogged about it). Super simple to sew and so cute to wear. I love the belt that you made- great idea!

  20. I’ve been reading your blog for a few months now, but this is the first time I’ve commented. I made dresses for my two oldest girls with that very same fabric. It is just absolutely beautiful. I told my husband that I want my living room to be decorated with the colors from that fabric, I love it so much. this post has a photo of my daughter wearing the dress.
    Anywho, great job on all your sewing. Wish that I was so ambitious!

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