|Pattern Description: |
A very unique pullover top for knits! It has a shawl-like collar, with ingenious tucks that serve as forgiving darts. Almost all of the garment is in one convoluted pattern piece. Until you make it up, it isn't obvious what part goes where on your body. It's like a puzzle. It's fun.
This pattern has been Long discontinued, and I've been lusting after it for years. It's been reviewed here 12 times, and the reviewers often make several. Via Ebay, finally, I have it. Whoo hoo!
Pattern Sizing: Standard - S-XL. I cut XL and narrowed the gussett, as a few other PR members have suggested. That is the only thing I dared to change on the first try.
Were the instructions easy to follow? They're adequate, and necessary the first time through. Careful marking is essential, as you follow their instructions.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? Love, love, love the basic design. It's flattering and elegant, and should go together quickly after a few practices. But I think the order of construction, and the way they have you mark things, is harder than it has to be. I've now made a wearable muslin, and a gift top for my mom, and am on my third top. Each time it id easier.
Fabric Used: I dug through the stash for the fabric stash contest, and I used one of my first web-purchased mistakes, which has aged in my stash since probably 1998. This was perfect for making a wearable, or not-wearable muslin. It's essentially navy nylon with silver metallic threads and Lycra. It feels "crunchy" in your hands and probably did a number on all my cutting tools. When I put the top on, though, I was thrilled. It's definitely a wearable muslin. However, there's one problem that surfaced when I asked DH to photograph me in it. He said the fabric looks like I have "terminal dandruff!" And I think he's right! But too bad - I'll wear it sometimes.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: After the first, I attempted a little bit of an FBA by deepening the tucks, and I narrowed the collar a little. I also fused interfacing to reinforce corners, as suggested by PR members.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes and yes! Here is the one I made for my mom.
Conclusion: Wow. Best pattern purchase in a long time. And thank you, PR reviewers, and Deepika, for driving me to seek this pattern.