|Pattern Description: Loose-fitting knit top with cowl neckline and dropped shoulder.|
See the top on my sewing mannequin here
See the back of the blouse here
See a close-up of the textured knit fabric here
Pattern Sizing: Sizes 34-42.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? It did look like the photo before I made some modifications to the fit and style.
Were the instructions easy to follow? I found the instructions to be clear. That said, this is a simple, two-piece pattern with only a few steps.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like the look of the cowl neckline, that it was drafted for a knit, and that it only takes one meter of fabric.
Once sewn, however, I found that the relaxed fit of the top completely overwhelmed my frame. Judging from the magazine photo, I do think the top is intended to be loose-fitting, so it's really just a case of this specific garment's shape not working for me personally. I made a few fit and style modifications and am now happy with the resulting top.
Fabric Used: A cotton jersey blend with an interesting texture. Up-close view of fabric. I bought the fabric on a whim when I stumbled upon a big knit fabric sale a few years back. I had no idea what to make with it, so I'm happy to have finally found a suitable pattern. This fabric was frustrating to work with, though, as my machine had a difficult time feeding the raised portions of the fabric and sewing the pieces together in a straight line.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: As I mentioned before, the top was way too large for my frame when sewn as intended. To get a more flattering fit, I raised the armholes by 3cm (1 inch) and took 2cm (3/4 inch) in at the sides, from the armhole all the way down to the hemline.
Inspired by tiadia's review of this pattern, I also shortened the top by 23cm (9 inches) and put a fitted band at the hip.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I might sew this top again with the same modifications. I might recommend this pattern (as drafted) to a taller woman. I also think it would be especially flattering on someone with a full bosom.
Conclusion: This style is quite different for me, but I think it will be a nice top for warm weather. I do wonder if this shape, along with this fabric, make the garment look a little 1980s, though. Something about it feels a little Flashdance. haha.