THE SEWING DIVAS sewing, design, fashion

June 11, 2006

Simplicity 4124 – Done!

Filed under: Embellishment,Pattern Reviews — phyllisc @ 4:49 pm

by Diva Phyllis

Truthfully, I spent more time on the embellishment than I did on the sewing, although attaching the placket with the completed beading & embellishment was pretty challenging. The fabric is a fine poly 4-way stretch knit.

One interesting aspect to this technique is the individuality of each interpretation. Kenneth King, who originated the technique, has a broader color palette and his examples are much more heavily beaded.

The placket went on last. The neckline as first machine stitched, and then I flipped the placket to the front and fell stitched it by hand to the bodice.

This pattern is harder than it looks. You’ll need to use a regular sewing machine in addition to a serger. The ruching around the placket, and attaching the placket, must be done with a regular sewing machine. There are also no match points for the bust seams on the placket. Sizing can also be a challenge due to the placket – it’s supposed to hit right below your breast bone, and of course you’ll need to take your individual cup size into account. For a size other than a B cup you really should do a muslin because in addition to an FBA you’ll need to modify the placket pattern piece as well.



  1. WOW! This is incredible looking – the embelishments really make this top a show stopper.

    Comment by stacy — June 11, 2006 @ 7:42 pm

  2. What a great result. It has expensive boutique original written all over it. Note to self: pick up a doggone needle and do some handsewing.

    Comment by Karla — June 11, 2006 @ 8:30 pm

  3. Very very beautiful. I love the rhythm of the twists.

    Comment by Mary Beth — June 11, 2006 @ 8:46 pm

  4. I like the way you embellished this tunic, not to heavy just subtle but eye catching.

    Comment by Els — June 12, 2006 @ 3:42 am

  5. Alright, Phyllis, you’ve convinced me that I should try some embellishments once in awhile. Your top is beautiful! I love the colors you used.

    Comment by Gigi — June 12, 2006 @ 5:28 am

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