at some point about five years ago my body decided to get a bit heavier and thicker all around. i believe this is called turning 30.
i had never had an easy time as it was finding tops and dresses that fit me correctly; i was forever pinning up flappy bits around the armholes or trying to indicate that i actually do have a waist. when i started sewing, around the time of the 30 change, i thought that sewing could stave off the increasing difficulty i was having to find something that fit me that wasn't a knit.
yet the sizing problem followed me, because as i now know patterns are cut for a B cup, which i last visited somewhere around my 13th birthday.
so enter simplicity 2599:
blame the wonky lighting and the uncoordinated fleece pants on the fact that i stayed up late finishing this top and was so freakin' excited i had to photograph it right then. at least you can't see that i'm wearing far too dark a bra for this fabric. it fits better than it looks in the top pic, trust me; i hadn't ironed it yet. this is from simplicity's multi-bust line, with separate front pieces for b, c, and d cups.
i have to say that when i did up the side and shoulder seams and tried it on i almost got weepy. it's been a long time, people. so many disappointments along the way, so many beautiful tops that gapped at the buttons, or with detailing that ran over my bust instead of beneath it like it was supposed to. so many days of wearing baggy shirts and smocky tops that added pounds, or snug shirts that i didn't dare flex or breathe in lest i pop out of the front.
is it perfect? heck no. my darts are lousy, the button in the back gaps a bit. but if you can imagine how it feels to be sized out of the department store, and to take up sewing only to realize you're going to have to perform scherenschnitte on every pattern you buy because absolutely nothing in the world is made for you, well, this is pretty sweet. i'm buying a second copy of 2599 because i am never ever letting go of this pattern. and then i might have to go buy the entire line of these patterns, just because. simplicity: i heart you. keep 'em coming.