|This is such a great pattern that it surprised me to see that there were so few reviews of this pattern on PR.|
As soon as I saw the neckline on this pattern I knew I had to have it. So much so, that I ordered it from Sewingpatterns.com well before it was released in Australia. It was certainly well worth it, as it's one of my favourite patterns - quick to sew and looks great. I have to say, I think the photos on the pattern envelope are pretty ugly, which possibly accounts for the few reviews.
The pattern envelope contains the patterns and instructions for a top and dress, with an interesting squarish neckline. It comes multi-size (XS,S,M,L,XL) ready for tracing. The back has a CB seam which makes a sway back alteration very easy.
Being quite narrow across the shoulders, I cut a size S across the shoulders, moving to M at the bust, and finally an L at the hips.
The instructions are very straight forward and easy to follow.
My test garment was in a cream polycotton knit. All went well with the construction, however, the fit was not great. The shoulders still needed some taken off, no big deal, but there was something not right with the fit across the upper chest. When I would pull the garment shoulders upwards the fit was much better. I ended up removing 2cm from the front pattern piece between the shoulder and the underarm. I also raised the underarm 1cm to give a much better fit. To stitch the tops, I've used a stretch needle each time.
The second garment was in a poly/rayon/lycra in a purple print. This time, with all the alterations to the pattern, the fit was wonderful. I've since made another in a black and white abstract print, a plain cherry red and the current apricot print for the stash 2013 contest.
This is a great pattern. Don't be put off by the photo on the pattern envelope. With it's ease of construction, this would suit a beginner sew-er. My only concern is with the fit in the upper chest area, so make sure you check this on yourself.