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|StyleArc: Amy Knit Top (Amy Knit Top) - Type:Tops |
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|Posted on:||11/5/13 9:01 AM |
|Pattern Size:||Plus-Sized Regular |
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|Pattern Rating:||Pattern OK, but did NOT work for Me |
|Fabric:||Wool Jersey [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|Pattern Description: This knit top has a semi cowl neck and dropped side seams which can be left loose or tied to give it the new look.|
Pattern Sizing:4-30. I made an 8.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?I felt like the drawing showed a bit more waist shaping than it really had. I also couldn't get the cowl to drape like the drawing but I think it had something to do with the knit I chose.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Honestly, I didn't even look at them. This is a super simple top to put together. It goes together VERY quickly, especially if you leave the hemline raw like I did.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Likes: Goes together very, very quickly. The cowl draws the eye upward and I like the high-low hem (high at the center, low at the sides). I made this top because I wanted some comfortable leisurewear to change into after coming home from work, and this is great for that purpose.
Dislikes: I feel like this is not the most flattering top on me. Like another pear-shaped reviewer noted, there's little in the way of waist shaping and it tents outward at the hem. Sometimes when I catch myself in the mirror it looks ok (photo 1), sometimes I feel like it makes me look heavier than what I really am (photo 2). Part of this is definitely the fabric choice.
Fabric Used:Wool jersey (Fabric Mart). The back had a crepe-like texture so I used the wrong side as my right side. I think this fabric had a bit too much body for this pattern, and if I made it again I would try to make it out of something with a weighty, fluid drape (like rayon/lycra jersey or ITY).
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:My fitting adjustments were a 3/8" broad back adjustment and adding 3" to the hips. I also did a 3/8" narrow shoulder alteration, widened the sleeves at the bicep 3/4", and lengthened the sleeves 1.25".
I made this from the leftovers of my most recent Style Arc Gail, and when it was time to cut the cowl I was running out of fabric. I either had to use a different fabric or piece it together. I chose to piece it together. I took the cowl and folded it in half lengthwise, cut 1 layer this way, then folded it in half again and cut two. These two pieces would form the under layer. I pieced them together at the center front, sewed both layers together, then since I had one full cowl piece at that point I could proceed as usual with the project. When I wear it I fold the cowl over and it completely hides the center front seam of the under layer. I do NOT recommend doing this, at all, but it was the only thing I could do to save the project.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I don't think this top highlights my waistline, which is one of my best features, and for that reason I am not keen on making it again. I think it is the sort of top that looks better on rectangles and apples than it does on pears (and possibly hourglasses). Since it went together so quickly though I am thinking of making it up out of a very drapey rayon/lycra rib knit I've had hanging around for at least 2 years now, and seeing if I have more satisfying results. For the purpose of home leisurewear this top is perfect though. The loose fit makes changing in and out of things during the fitting process very convenient.
Conclusion: I also wrote a blog entry, which can be viewed here.
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