Simplicity 2614, front

Simplicity 2614, back

This sleeve length is m-u-c-h better.

The top was a simple matter to finish last night.  Since I had already ripped off the cuff I went straight to the cutting!  I cut off four inches from the lower sleeve, regathered the bottom and reattached the cuff.  This new length is not as short as the pattern’s short puff sleeve option, though I seriously considered cutting that much off.

Trouble was, the fabric scraps had already gone out with the trash and there was nothing to cut the longer cuff from!  I had to find the smallest place on my upper arm to position the cuff and that happens to be right above the elbow.

You can see from the photo that I had plenty of room.  It doesn’t hurt that my bicep is not much bigger than many women’s wrists!

This pattern is another of Simplicity’s A,B,C,D cup offerings that I (now) like so much. I did find that this one fit differently than my last blouse. It seemed to have more ease all over.   In fact I had to trim *both* shoulders of this one, unlike Simplicity 2501 where I only trimmed the right shoulder.

Since this one has no closure, the extra ease was probably needed to get it over my head.  It still looks nice and trim, I’m pleased to say.

Along with the top, I made some new capris/crop pants that you can just see peeking out at the bottom of the photo.  They evolved from an unlikely new pattern I have.  I’ll tell you about them tomorrow!

Besides that, I don’t know if you can tell, but I colored my hair.  For a while my hair will be “dark golden blonde.”  I don’t know why that name didn’t tip me off that my head would shine like a Sacagawea dollar after I was done.

I haven’t taken this new color out of the house yet, so I’m considering this my public debut!  LOL!


  1. Lori says:

    Great blouse and the hair color is fabulous.

  2. Your blouse is sew much nicer!! (Maybe was–dowdy–before ;o). AND your new do is light, young & inviting!! Happy Days!!
    Warm greetings,
    Rhonda in Montreal (PR)

  3. Amy says:

    Very pretty! I love that fabric. The new sleeve length is a big improvement.

  4. Mary says:

    Great hair color!! And I love that blouse.

  5. The new color is lovely, and so is the blouse. No matter the reason it was chosen, the sleeve length looks just right.

  6. Beth Conky says:

    Love the new hair color. The blouse is so cute. I hate sleeves that limit motion too.

  7. Cennetta says:

    I like the sleeve just above the elbow. Pretty blouse all the way around.