When I first heard the comment you are twinsies or that making the same garment or maybe using the same fabric made bloggers refer to each other as twinsies, I had no clue how making this little outfit for myself would lead to the adult version of the mommy and me ensemble.

I try and make something for mom as often as I can. She is always thinking about sewing and I am always sewing. Shucks, truth be told everybody in my family is always thinking about what I could make them. If I just had it in me, I would be sewing a new item for every one of my loved ones daily. I would be pushing out a couple new items each week. I wish I had the time and the inclination to do that. It’s just how much I love sewing for my family. However, since I don’t have that kind of time, I must limit what and for whom I sew. You already know, Moms are the wind beneath our wings. The breath that helps us rise to greater heights.

The pattern is a quick pair of elastic waist pants and the tops are two different view from the same newlook pattern. I started the pants the day before for myself and quickly realized that I needed a matching top.  I purchased this nylon/spandex sale fabric at JoAnns.

My neckline finish is from the view D cowl neck.
Newlook 6648- View A with C sleeves

The pants are both the wardrobe builders pattern newlook 6735.  The tops are newlook 6648, which is out of print, however, I’m sure you will find it if you want.  Mine is view D and moms is view A with view C butterfly sleeves.  I did a quick tutorial on how to make the “french bound” armhole and neckline treatment while I was sewing my top.  That video tutorial will be up later in another post and on my channel.  To be notified, just make sure you are also subscribed to my youtube channel.

More to come…..

This dress could easily be considered my favorite.  How I never gave a full blog post to it, only shows how much I sew, that I pay little attention to scheduling blog post for every item.  During the summers, I love wearing dresses and skirts much more than I do shorts.  I threw this one on for a Womens Networking Social with my model daughter.

(I didn’t make her dress…but, she has a list.)

I originally made this dress back in 2011, and totally wear it every chance I get.  I even made a romper outfit in 2014 with the bodice as a top for a vacation outing.  Shucks, I think I want another after talking about again.  Such a comfortable wear.  

I just love the “cold” shoulder affect of the sleeves.  They have a semi-flounce affect and just grazes the shoulders a bit to give a little “off-the-shoulder” action.  The waist is a midriff inset that is about 3.5″ with a zipper in the side seam.  I think if I make it again, I will leave the leaves off and make a maxi dress. 
The fabric is a linen and I lined it with a sheer broadcloth to keep it cool.  The alterations were simple in this case since the bodice already has a lot of ease room to play with.  I cut a size 14 and graded out to the size 16 at the waist and hips.  The back skirt was altered to allow for more junk in the trunk.

You may have seen this dress plenty times on my social media accounts.  I know it is really fun to see someone actually wearing out the garments they make.  In this case I just plum forgot.  
Until next post…keep on sewing.

Okay, I have been waiting to post this coat make for some time now, but I just couldn’t get any cold weather!!!  I started sewing and preparing it back in October 2015…and finished it at the end of November 2015.  We just don’t get the weather everyone else gets to justify a heavy coat like this.  How do the models do the swimsuit shoots in the cold and snow….?  I guess the same way southerners do the photoshoots for cold weather attire in the desert heat!!!  Hot and sweaty!!!

Simplicity 1015

Everybody would think that since I have been sewing for such a long time, that I am well versed in the art of coat-making.  Besides, it’s just a “jacket” with extra stuff inside, right?  Well that isn’t true…at least not for me. I put a lot of work into this coat…knowing that I wouldn’t be able to get much wear from it here at home.  I just wanted the full experience of making a coat.  Aside from that I just didn’t want to spend money buying one.  I wanted to feel the satisfaction so many of my sewing community enthusiast feel when wearing a coat they have made themselves. I got that feeling of satisfaction, it was like building a house or wearing a work of art!!!

Simplicity 1015

However, I have only been able to wear this coat one time…..yes!!!  ONE Time wear– and that was out of town.  I have yet to wear it again. Aaagh!!!

Simplicity 1015

Oh, about the trip that encouraged this make…Chi-Town!!!  The Windy City and snow to make this southerner feel at home and cozy warm all at the same time.  That was such a great deal.  I didn’t feel out of place, in my synthetics, as with my first winter snow trip to “Chi-Town” back in the 80s.  Oh my goodness, I froze my toes off on Lake Michigan!  I ended up wearing my cousins coats, clothes, and boats.  (Oh yeah, socks too.)  I had no idea back then, but now I’m just a tad older and wiser.  So this time, I really put in the required homework to have a warm over-coat for the “real” cold that is only known by my northern neighbors.

Simplicity 1015

SNOW!!!  Yes, I got to play in the snow.  The lining, a pre-quilted cotton with flannel backed satin sleeves, was put to the test, on this visit, and it did quite well.  I was warm and cozy the entire time.  What a fantastic feeling inside and out, knowing I wouldn’t need to borrow anyone else’s cold-weather gear.

Simplicity 1015

Simplicity 1015I even put in the extra time and consideration for a button-out lining for wearing it in less than freezing temps.  No go…not with this weight of wool (a melton) it is just too heavy for South Texas.  Just so you know…I had a fantastic time traipsing around in the snow.  I felt like a fabricholic in the garment district on christmas with no budget limitations.

Pattern & Construction Details::

  • Simplicity 1015, view B
  • Hongkong finished seams 
  • Poly silk lining 
  • Taped shoulder seams
  • Quick tailoring with fusible interfacing

Simplicity 1015
Has it been wasted, over $150 worth of materials and notions.  Would “fast-fashion” have been a better purchase, and the rest of my money and time be spent on more weather appropriate makes?

No fancy, dressed up pictures here today.  Just a relaxed day, showing just how much rest I need right now.  I made this new top for sitting in the breeze and enjoying the fresh air from the back porch.  Gauze and relaxation, for me, go hand and hand anytime of year.  It’s an oversized, comfy top.

I knew I wanted blue as my base embroidery color.  This color just feels cool and calming.  The bright creamy white of the cotton gauze is comfortable in the summer heat and protects you from he sun rays when out and about.

Being such a casual look and yet so stylish, it makes easy fun when you want to have a roomy uninhibited outfit.  Yes, I do wear oversized clothes.

Contruction Details:

Initially, I had the facing piece as a larger underlay to help highlight the embroidery, but it just didn’t look right.  Also, because I tore the stabilizer, I ended up with a hole in the front which needed to be camouflaged.  This is some really thin fabric.  Extremely comfortable.

When I tried taking out the larger facing section, I created a tad bit of a tear…the fabric is almost cheesecloth gauze.  One thing after the other right….oh well.  I did persevere to get the look I wanted.  All the flower embroidery designs were standard on my machine…the BERNINA 780, which I have on loan.  The decorative stitching was done on my personal machine the BERNINA 640, which I bought myself.  If really was an afterthought that I added while out of town.  I carry my B640 on trips to the vacation condo whenever I leave town.

 Anyway, after cutting the facing down, and re-sewing it to the smaller one, it gave a much nicer and cleaner look to the front, that actually highlighted the embroidery a little more than I had anticipated.

This was my first time doing embroidery on such an extremely gauzy sheer fabric.  I learned a few tips along the way….
  1. Use a good self adhesive tearaway- wash away stabilizer in the area to be embroidered.
  2. hoop the stabilizer only, not the garment piece because it may stretch the gauze 
  3. gently adhere the fabric piece over the stabilizer securely
  4. when done, do not wash the stabilizer out until you are complete finished sewing the garment (This I learned the hard way….because the fabric became very difficult to handle, and can cause tears.)
  5. Use the gold embroidery needles, they have a coating that doesn’t stick to the adhesive.

Pattern Details:  

Simplicity 1162 was used as my base pattern with the change in the facing only.  Simple and too the point.  I cut a size 14 and did not make any pattern alterations.

 Simplicity 1162- pattern
I have worn this several times already, I did not want the sleeves to have any elastic.  I may go back and add some shirring at the middle of the sleeves though, so it won’t get caught in anything.
BTW…Don’t forget to check out my YouTube videos on fitting shirts this month.  My IRL (in real life) sewing group is still working on the Iconic White Shirt.  
So my videos will help you work out fit issues for the different body types.    This is the playlist for the videos.
Last week was the Petite, RECTANGLE: with Balanced on top and bottom, but boxy, with little or no waist definition. body type.  And this week will be the THE TRIANGLE: Small bust and/or narrow shoulders with full tummy, hips, or thighs. 

Until next time….thanks for following along.

What do lobster claws, split rings and jump rings have to do with sewing.  When jewelry making and sewing meet head to head, a person like me is open to whatever comes out of the meeting.  I don’t mind learning new things and getting really great ideas to make my handmades look extra special with that little detail that causes it to stand apart in my closet.  Besides, I enjoy DIY in every form, when the mood strikes.  I’m feeling mighty accomplished because I took the time to learn a little something about jewelry making and how to apply it to garment making.  I know full well I’m not the first to add a little extra, but this is really kinda cool.  A little tedious, but all the same–cool.


TaaDaaa!!  ahem…I’m happy.  Jewelry supplies and findings may become another storage bin in my sewing cave for an additional creative outlet, when the mood arises.  Until then, jeweled additions to my sewing arsenal may become a regular occurrence.  The top was simple enough to finish in three – four hours because of the fine sewing needed to finish all the hemming and straps.  

Adding the jewelry took it to the next level, and I am glad I made the effort.  This was a learning curve.  First, I didn’t know that every little piece of the necklace was a different purchase.  What are jump rings, lobster claws, cable chains, and split rings used for.  I ended up going back and forth to the Joanns Fabric and crafts three to four times.  No one at the store knew what to tell me, so of course, I had to go to the trusty YouTube university to learn a little jewelry making 101.  My hats off to the wonderful folks who take the time to serve up a little advice and direction for trying new things.  I consider all YouTube videos an introduction to skills before I go to a college course and layout my money, only to discover it isn’t something I like to do.  I’ll dabble in YouTube videos all day.

Pattern Review:  Simplicity 1424 with several views.   Let us say…straight off the bat, I love love love this top!!!  So much so, that I need to hurry and make another version before I ruin this one with snags and makeup stains.  It is not silk, too bad.  I was desperate to find this color to go with my palazzo pants, but couldn’t decide on any other top than this one.  The fabric just cried out to be this blouse.  Lots of back interest, both mine and the blouse.  Great for daytime summer fun, or a great date with the mate.

The front has an overlay for you to add extra layers for modesty of the girls and to coverup and camouflage the “unmentionables.”  But I dare mention the “un-mentionables!!!  Adhesive Bras, bust lifts and the like are the thing for swanky tops, dresses and blouses, these days.  I love them, OMG, did I say I love them.  Yes, I did!!!  Anyhoo, moving on to the topic at hand.  No more avoiding certain styles because you don’t have options for coverage.  Check out what is out there.
The back has the cowl neck finish which could use a weight added to the center to help hold it down, if you use a light flowing fabric.  It falls really low!!!  My pants are high-waisted, it doesn’t get to the top of the pants because I pulled up the strap.  But, keep that in mind when you decide to make this.
The hem length is really long in the back and has adjustable strap rings that connect the cross strap as well as the shoulder straps together in one.  This helped, at least for me to pull up the under arm as well as the front to the height you want, and you can change it later for more room.  
Alterations:  My changes to the pattern were very minimum with this top.  I used the size 14 with a 3/4″ FBA using the pivot and slide method.  (I suggest if you want to know something about the pivot and slide method, to start with Nancy Zeiman…she is the originator of the technique, anyone else, may very well be watering it down.  I figure, learn from the best to understand the rest.) I usually use this technique when I need to make a very small change without lengthening the front.
Instructions:  Pretty straight forward.  The confusing part was threading the straps and sewing them down around the rings.  On the front I chose to leave off the strap across the chest. (it looked dorky).
Simplicity 1424
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PJ’s for game day. Win or lose, it’s always so much fun to watch our Texans football games with the family. Even more fun when we dress the part.

Sewing Texans Football lounge pants and pajamas on sewtofit.com

These are the coolest pjs I have made. Not because they are Texans fabric, but because I get to sew and enjoy the things I love with my “Mini-me”.

Sewing Texans NFL Football lounge pants and pajamas on sewtofit.com

Man, I get so much joy from sewing with my granddaughter!! It takes me back to the days when I watched and sometimes joined in to help my mom. Though, I think then, she did most of the sewing.

Sewing Texans NFL Football lounge pants and pajamas on sewtofit.com

I made my pair using the easy Simplicity pattern 2414. It’s a pattern meant for cargo pants. But I just left off the pockets. What drew me to this pattern is that the waistband was separate and had 3 elastic channels plus buttonholes and a drawstring.

Sewing Texans NFL Football lounge pants and pajamas on sewtofit.com

For Mini-me I self-drafted a pair from a sloper I use from my Cameo Professional pattern design software by Wild Ginger.

We sewed these on the sweet, 780 sewing and embroidery computer on loan to me from the lovely folks at BerninaUSA! All the serger finishing were done on my Bernina serger (bought by me 30 years ago!!).

Sewing Texans NFL Football lounge pants and pajamas on sewtofit.com BerninaUSA

The eye cover is copied from another pair I had. The sweet detail about them is the nose guard that helps keep the light out.

Sewing Texans NFL Football lounge pants and pajamas on sewtofit.com

These are the lounger/pants my students sew in my beginner sewing classes. They are roomy and very comfortable. Make yourself a pair. (I almost sound like a commercial. 😇. That’s pattern reviews for you.

Sewing NFLl lounge pants and pajamas on sewtofit.com with the Bernina 780 for BerninaUSA

Catch me at the game next week, I’m confident our boys will do better.

Saints and Dallas fans need not comment!!

Whenever someone say “let’s go”, the first thing I think is, “Do I have a new “me made” outfit to wear?”  That rush of adrenaline is intoxicating.  That’s why sewing for my vacations, gives me such a feeling of satisfaction and direction.  But when I don’t get the chance to wear my creations, it really disappoints.  This is one of those disappointments. 

I planned this super cute number to be worn with my husbands color-matched linen leisure set for our anniversary.  The wrap pants and kimono tie front top had been in my queue for years.  It is a Simplicity 4192 which includes your entire ensemble for a really nice beach getaway.  In my case, an anniversary dinner in the Caribbean.   (Didn’t Happen!!  Aaagh!!)  
So, this pretty fun getup will just sit in my closet until the time comes when an occasion warrants it.  But not just any humdrum occasion will do for this set. 
I love how you can just wrap the pants up and tie them in the front, almost like a wrap skirt, but these come up from the crotch and tie in the back first, then you tie them at the back waist and then bring the back around and tie it to the front.  I roll hemmed the entire sides and hem of the pants using the roll hem foot on my Bernina 640 machine.  That saved all the pressing and turning.
I cut a size 14 for both the top and the pants, although for pants I usually cut an 18.  I didn’t own the size 18, so I made alterations so they would wrap “totally” the way the pattern photos depicted with only a few inches of separation at the front.  
  • Raised the back rise by 1.5 inches,
  • Lowered the front by 1.5 inches
  • added 4inches total at the sides.  

The pants do not have a side seam, but it does have a dart.  So, that is where I added the 2 inches on each side of the back which wraps to the front.  I drew a line down from the waist to the hem and spread each side by 2inches.  I did not increase the front under wrap. 

 I could have gotten away with just a little more length, but since they are beach casual, I may end of wearing without shoes.

The fabric is a rayon, nylon burnout with a brushed finish.  It could get away as a gauze, but there aren’t any crinkles.  So, I’m not really sure if it could be called a gauze.  But I am sure, it is extremely soft.

 

For the top, I did my regular 1.5 inch FBA.  I rotated the resulting side dart into the gathers under the bust, but I didn’t like the amount of gathering which was created as a result.  So, before I gathered under the bust, I added two 1/2 inch darts to take up some of the access fabric.  It looks so much smoother to me that way, since I really don’t like gathers at the bust anyway.

On the back of the top, I did a sway back adjustment and instead of gathers, I just pleated the excess.

The pattern also included the shorts in the same style as the pants.  I think another day, I will also make those and the knit top.  But for now, I will just keep this one hanging in the closet on standby until which time that special occasion rolls around.

More vacation sewing to come…so stay tuned.

On another note, I will be posting my teaching schedule and contact information on a new page in my blog.  Sewing is my passion, and my mission is to share with as many people that I come in contact with, if only, to introduce them to a fun and fulfilling hobby.

Why do I even list my post as reviews? At times it’s not to tell you what I think about the pattern, actually it is more of an Internet “Show (Sew) and Tell.” The enjoyment of sharing what I sew is more fun than you would ever know. Well, unless you sew as well and blog about it, or go to local guild meetings or sewing meet-ups to talk about sewing.

For the most part, when I sew, I just want to shout it to the world, “I MADE THIS MYSELF!!!” Now, mind you, this sharing is by choice to inform you via the World Wide Web, of my experiences which abound in the privacy of my sewing studio. I used to get that sharing satisfaction by sewing professionally for others, but that wasn’t enough. Especially, because that type of sewing limited my audience for “teaching” sewing, as well as limiting my time to actually sew for myself.

I love to teach and share. Anytime I can tell the world about sewing, whether one person at a time, or in a group, I am in heaven on earth.

That being said, shall we continue….

Culottes- McCall’s 6965 Top- Simplicity 2281

I was trying to look serious on these pictures, since I’m always showing so much teeth in my pics, I thought it would be cool to look cool…..”it didn’t work!!”  LOL

simplicity 2281 top, mccalls 6965 shorts

I made this cute little outfit to take on the look of a dress/romper/jumpsuit.  Whatever you want to call it…it a short set to me.

On the pattern envelope, the photos look as though there are pleats in the front, but it’s actually the draping that gives the affect of pleats.

 McCalls 6965 shorts and simplicity 2281-top sewtofit.com

I made View B for myself, although the only difference in the views is the length.  The flare starts at the hip line, which makes for an almost circle skirt.

 McCalls 6965-shorts and simplicity 2281-top

They had so much ease in them, you could almost cut three sizes smaller and just make up the difference in the waist seams.  The pattern measures 53 1/2 at the hipline for the shorts, I am 43, and thus you can see how that would just be too much.  I took out 7 inches of ease from 8 seams!  (The pattern has princess seams in front and back.) The hem width on each leg was 44 1/2 inches!!!

 McCalls 6965 shorts

The bodice of Simplicity 2281 was used to create the top by lengthening it by 10″ and lowering the back opening by another 3 inches to compensate for not having a side zipper. There are no side darts, so to avoid the boxy look, I just curved the side seams slightly.

No changes were made to the neckline, sleeves and shoulders.  The drape of the sleeves are exaggerated due to the softness of the rayon fabric.

McCall’s 6965:
Pattern Description says:  Flared shorts and pants (very loos-fitting through hips) have contour waistband, princess seams, back zipper, and narrow hem.

  • NOTE:– the waistband did not seam contoured as much as it might appear on the pattern.

Fabric: Rayon challis from my stash–so old I don’t remember where I bought it.

Alterations Note:  The reason I cut a size 16 was to get the correct fit of the crotch and waist because it matched my pant sloper.  After satisfying that prerequisite, I then made the changes in the seams to get the fit and flare I wanted in the hips.  I found it easier to fold out width and skimmer off the seams, than to redraw or deal with the crotch curve, which was perfect for me.  I did lengthen the shorts about 2 inches.

I think these are the cutest culottes/shorts for any age.  Next, I’ll be making the palazzo pants.  Although, I know I will be removing so of that ridiculous ease.

Did I ever mention how much I enjoy teaching sewing to my grand-daughter?  Have I ever mentioned the amount of intense satisfaction I receive from watching her complete each step of the construction process?  I am not sure if I shared that with you all yet….so I will begin again.
I present to you my grand-daughter…better known as “Mini-Me.”

 To all the ladies who met my granddaughter at PR Weekend inAustin, TX….”Mini-Me” was elated to be around so many people that sew!!!! My goodness she was so excited and just booming with excitement meeting all of you. This little girl here could have hung and chatted with every level of seamstress there…!!! She would not have missed a beat understanding “every concept and detail of construction that was discussed.

Pattern Description: Simplicity 1510This dress is listed as special occasion in three lengths with a bolero. She chose to make dress C, w/o the bolero.
Fabric Used: She chose a cotton quilting fabric from our local Its-A-Stitch. I tried a “quilting” fabric from JoAnn’s when she was younger for a dress I made…and needless to say, “Never again.” With all the work I personally put into that dress to have it fade, I decided to buy the best quilting cotton, quilters use. From now on I want the dress last through multiple childhood washings.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? This is a really nice rendition of the picture on the pattern, yet, much more casual. I like our version better.. It seems if you use a dressy fabric for her age, then it would not be a “sundress” or play dress and just might be age appropriate.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Of course the reading of the instructions were done by me, she can read some, but these instructions are for Greek majors.. Thus, I circled the easy stuff for her, and she was able to complete “ALL” the straight stitches and even used my Bernina 640 to make the buttonholes on the straps. (One touch buttonholes—“a wonderful invention”) She also cut out the entire dress. I only went back and checked to make sure the cutting was “O.K.” to achieve success and not deter her with being too nit-picky.

She also sewed her hem, the straight sides of the zipper (after I setup the machine and placed the needle) She was able to help mark all the pleats and learned about the importance of marking and pressing.

She was so very proud of her work and so was I. Before we have only used the “Kids Can Sew” program which I used to teach some years ago. This is why she has her own garment labels to adhere to her creations.

Pattern Sizing on envelope: The sizes are listed for children up to a size 16 (34″chest) on the pattern…and are sold in plus sizes as well up to 16 1/2 (36″chest) That is a very generous size range for one pattern, considering the big four usually only give just a few sizes. We cut a size 14. Afterwards, I realized that they are fitted the same as for adults and thus I should have gone down a size and cut the size 12, because it was just too roomy, and showed too much for it to be a sundress… I guess if it was closed up on the shoulders and sleeves then a larger roomier size would work. I had to then remove the excess from the side seam.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: My granddaughter is quite the designer, however, since this was her first time out using a “big girl” pattern, we did not make any changes.

I did make sure to shorten the straps substantially for coverage.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? The dress is really nice. I love it. I feel it is about time we get so many nice “girls” patterns for the in-between kids.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I would recommend this wholeheartedly and without hesitation we will sew it again. Best way to learn for her is to do another one just the same.

Conclusion: I love teaching my Granddaughter to sew. I think every child should learn to sew, it helps with following instructions, math and reading a ruler…which she knows from sewing.

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 Last year I took a trip to Antigua, Barbuda during their “Carnival” season.  Was I ever surprised at how much fun I would have.  I am such a prude when loud music and dancing is involved.  So, needless to say, before leaving for vacation I was all over the internet researching what to expect on this trip.  I was looking for dressing ideas, and what the meaning of “carnival” was all about.

Of course it is all fun watching the pin boards of all those cute ladies wearing those cute knit crop top that look like a second skin on them.  I wanted that too, but I wanted the fabrics to match.

I made the pants to wear during my first trip. However, the picture I had in my mind for the top never came to fruition, so I ended up just wearing a simple white tank.  When Simplicity came out with the pattern this month, I moved at breakneck speed to find this pattern. I had attempted other crop tops, but this one was the ONE!!!!

As for the fitting of the basic pattern straight out of the packet, I made View b up in a muslin size 16 to check the fit, and make sure I got a clear map of where I needed to go with the pattern alterations. All-in-all, though, I really can’t complain much about this one here, as it seams to have been quite generous.  So I just went ahead and marked my changes as needed to get the fit I was working towards.

  • Initially, I had already known that I planned to widen the lower band considerably.  I knew I wanted it to hit “that level” just above my navel.  So this was my first order of business, I widened the band by 2 inches.  
  • Next, of course was to add additional “top” coverage, thus, I did the simple pivot-slide method of adjusting the pattern to give more coverage over the top of 3/4 inch and a little at the bottom.  However, next time I won’t put the whole 3/4 inch on the lower half, it was not needed.  
  • I increased the coverage of the back piece by the same amount at the upper edge.  I wanted the coverage more substantial under my arms and around my back, to give it more of a crop top feel and not a “bra” feeling.  There was a slight curve in the pattern coming from the back to the front that I trimmed off in order to give the top a more gradual transition under the arms, otherwise the fabric was collapsing on itself there.  
  • In the center front, I took out a dart wedge at the lower and upper center front seams in order to cause the cups to curve in at the center.  
  • The pattern requires the center front seams be gathered to 3inches before sewing them together, yet because I was aiming for fuller coverage, I only gathered to 4 inches, considering I had already added an additional 1.5inches to the cup at the top and bottom.  
  • As for the straps, I added the length to them initially, but removed that same length when finalizing the fit.  Better to have too much than not enough, right? 

This is a really cool top!!! I have so many ideas for this here pattern.  What took simplicity so darn long to bring this one back!!!