|Pattern Description: |
A-line tops have raglan sleeve variations, shaped hemlines, and stitched hems.
I sewed Top C with long sleeves.
X-Small to X-Large.
I sewed the xs, which would have been my normal size for McCall's.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Top C in the envelope photo is obscured by the scarf, which I didn't sew. I guess it looks close to the illustration. Here it is on my dress form.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
I didn't read them. Just used my typical raglan tee construction order, serging the seams as I went.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I wanted to sew some very simple, long-sleeved tunics to wear over fitted bottoms. This pattern is incredibly voluminous, which I could see taking some people off guard -- but I wanted that volume and drape, so I went into this eyes wide open. The just-right sleeve length and snug circumference at the wrist feel great for such a big style. Also, I had two 1-yard pieces of very similar weight and hand cotton knit, and this pattern was perfect for combining them, with very little waste.
Two lightweight cotton knits.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Usual 1-inch petite adjustment at waist and on the sleeve. I also decided to add the narrowest 1/4" binding around the neckline to finish it instead of turning it under 5/8" and sewing it down. Finished the hem with the Wrights hem lace stuff, and though it stiffens the hem a bit, the top still hangs and drapes fine for me.
One thing I might change: Being only 5' tall, I would normally have made a petite adjustment for height at the hip, too. On this pattern, the hip was not noted on either the front or back bodice, so I just skipped it. After wearing this top all day, it does feel more like a dress than a tunic, so I might take out that 1" at the hip if I sewed this again.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I might sew it again in a solid. Maybe. Also saw a previous reviewer who sewed this in a giant striped knit, and it's really cute. The pattern is super easy, perfect for someone new to sewing knits.
Easy, quick pattern. There is a lot of style ease, which is probably a love it or leave it thing. I love it!