Monday, May 20, 2013

Simplicity 4020 revisited

I (Major Moma) have already made one of the views of the Simplicity Pattern 4020 and it turned out pretty nice.  So I moved on to another view.  Often times in a pattern, the different views include only minor changes to the same item.  Not so with 4020.  Each of these shirts are quite different and have completely different pattern pieces. They do share a couple different pieces, but in different combinations and they really create separate looks.

Simplicity 4020 View E

This time I made view E.  I think it has a distinctly kimono inspired look.


Though there are several pieces involved, the shirt came together rather simply.

The instructions are very clear and the neckline looks complicated but really is not.  I really like the shape of this top as it makes a clear delineation between your bust and waist.  For us girls that are a bit fuller chested but short torsoed, often shirts make us look heavier than we are.  But the gathers in the top allow for a larger chest (without any adjustment) but cinches in the waist nicely.

Simplicity 4020 View E, back

I think the back even looks pretty with the flowing sleeves but cinched in shape.

Do you make all the views in a pattern envelope, if only to get your money's worth?  Or do you pick a favorite and stick with that view?


  1. Sometimes I make different views...I usually end up making the same thing over & over if I really love it. Your top is nice! Great boots too!

  2. I have a tendency to make the same one over and over, but with my own variations on it (self-drafted sleeves, change the shape of the neckline and skirt, etc.). I'm really terrible at making patterns exactly as they are :)

    That said, this looks like a fun pattern with a lot of variety built in! Love how different the two tops turned out. Are you going to make more?

    1. I actually have made the tank top too. But here in Germany, the weather still has not warmed up enough to wear it. It will hit the blog eventually. Only in the last year have I been brave enough to change a pattern. It has been reading other people's blogs that has inspired me to try.


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