|Pattern Description: From the pattern: Loose-fitting top has collar variations, side pockets (left side A, B), and shaped hemline. A and B: raised neckline, mock neck/lower bands, front pleated peplum and narrow hem. C and D: folded, single layer collar, and stitched hems. Wrong side shows on hemlines and collar C, D.|
I made view A, although one can hardly tell.... story below
Pattern Sizing: size 8-24. I sewed according to my measurements, and chose a size 16. Fits very well. I usually size down for the Tilton knit patterns, and am very glad that I did not for this woven pattern..
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, although this is a fiddly pattern and it does have a few errors and missing or incorrect pattern marks. These have been noted by others, so I won't repeat them. It is not, strictly speaking, "easy"
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love these novel, fun, funky patterns and appreciate having this kind of option to sew and to wear. No dislikes
Fabric Used: A woven cotton ikat by Kafe Fassett. I so wish I had bought more of this, and I don't see it available now anywhere. Before you send me some links, here's a story... I didn't have quite enough fabric to do the whole vet in the woven ikat, and I could not find a contrast I liked for view A. So I got on line to try and find some more of the ikat, and thought I had succeeded. I ordered a yard online, and when it arrived I found that I had a yard of printed ikat, otherwise very similar, except that the woven was identical on both sides, while the printed of course wasn't. They are so similar, except that the printed is a bit more symmetrical and the green dots are closer, that I don't think most people would notice.
In the back view, the printed ikat is on the right. I took a picture of the inside back mainly to show the contrast between the printed vs woven fabric.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: None.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
yes, I love it, and will make it again I am sure
Conclusion: Thanks to Martha (of the blog "Now sewing") and to Diane Erikson, who have both done such interesting things with this pattern, and who really inspired me.