|Pattern Description: easy (yes, really!) top for wovens with 6 variations of necklines and sleeves. The bust darts and waistline darts (front and back) allow for a lot of fitting adjustments. I made View A, with 3/4 sleeves|
Pattern Sizing: 8-18, all in one envelope. The finished garment bust measurement is in the instructions, and is pretty accurate. I made a size 12; narrowed the shoulders & widened the waist & hips (usual adjustments for me)
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Pretty much, except for my changes
Were the instructions easy to follow? Very easy, very detailed, very thorough.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love the simplicity of the lines in the pattern, and the fact that it's so easy to make fitting adjustments. For someone like me, who is not attracted to bows and frills, it's easy to pass over this pattern, but I picked it up some time ago for some reason, and I am SO glad I did!
Fabric Used: A very fray prone cotton and/or rayon combo fabric with nylon sheer bits.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Because of the sheer bits in my fabric, I didn't want to have a neckline facing, so I made a bias binding instead. Others have mentioned issues with the facing that is called for, so I'll probably use the binding method in future iterations, no matter what the fabric. For me, the neckline as is might be a bit too wide at the shoulders once the normal 5/8" SA is eliminated. If your shoulders are narrow, or if you have a small torso, you may want to add some fabric at the neckline.
I also eliminated the waistline darts, again because of the sheer parts of my fabric - I didn't want to darts to scream out "Hello! I'm a dart!" I often cut down the sleeve cap to eliminate some of the ease; I did so on this pattern, but not by too much. And I shortened the length by a couple of inches.
Other alterations are usual for me - forward, narrow, sloping shoulders.
I discovered a new (to me) alteration for a gaping neckline - I'm thrilled about this one, and detailed it in this blog post
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I will definitely sew this again - I'll use the waist darts for a more fitted look and may try it in a stretch woven or a knit. This could easily become a TNT for me, and I highly recommend it for the ease of fitting alterations.
Conclusion: Pictures and a few more details can be found
here on my blog Come on over!