|Pattern Description: This is a popular pattern (Best of 2010) for a cowl-neck long sleeve top and a sleeveless tank. I made the cowl-neck. |
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, although I used a sweater knit that was more bulky.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, super easy.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I've made this before, in a much lighter knit fabric. I like the fullness of the cowl, the depth of the neck and especially the fit of the arms, which is tight to the body, allowing great mobility. I was pleased that the pattern works for a heavier fabric. It sews really fast too, very satisfying.
Fabric Used: A black sweater knit, striped with white, blue, gray, yellow stripes from FashionFabricsClub.com. I've never sewn a sweater knit and this one was a bit challenging because of the looseness of the knit and its instability.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: It's impossible to sew 1/4 inch seams with this sweater knit--it leaves holes. I ended up with more like an 1/2 inch and luckily had cut it large enough. I used woolly nylon in the serger and had to engage the differential feed to 2 to avoid stretching this. I lengthened the top to almost a tunic length. I serged, then turned and zigzagged the hems.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, I'm going to make the scoop-neck in some other knits.
Conclusion: This is just a great-fitting cowl top. Works for heavier sweater knits.