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MISSES' TOPS, SHORTS AND PANTS: Pullover tops. A: Armhole bands. A,B,C: Close-fitting, neck bands. D: Very loose-fitting, reverse construction finish on neckline, front and back cut-in-one, narrow hem, openings for arms and wrong side shows on back hemline. Loose-fitting shorts or straight-legged pants have elastic waist. E: Attached tie. A,B,C,E,F: Stitched hems.
I made view D which is the cape/sweater-like drape top.
Extended View of Front
Back of Top
I made a size Medium. I'm a 36" bust (size 12/14 in patterns normally) and my inclination since it's for knits was to make a size smaller but after looking at the odd front/back piece, I elected to go with a medium. In hindsight, size small probably would have worked out a little better but hard to say. The arms pull up the front when wearing somewhat so if this were slimmer, I'm not sure how it would wear.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, pretty much aside from my crazy print. This is the craziest thing. You can wear it so many different ways. The technical drawings for this show it off the shoulders however the model on the pattern wears it over the shoulders. It just depends on how you put it on, how long you have had it on and how it has shifted. It looks nice, just different depending on how you do it.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes although I was scratching my head a few times due to just the oddity of this pattern. It's only three pieces (front/back, collar and lower back) so it takes some thought as to how it all comes together due to the odd front/back piece. It's not hard at all though and written instructions were clear. The pictures at times were a little confusing, but it's just hard to show.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
- This is different looking and fun to wear
- Super easy and goes together very quickly
- Flexible - you can style or arrange it differently for different looks (e.g. collar over shoulder or completely off shoulder and hanging in front/back)
- Large sized pieces make cutting out kind of pain due to single cut out of most pieces but this depends on the size you have to cut
- I find that you must wear something underneath this since every time you lift your arms, the entire front lifts up. Again this varies somewhat as to where the sleeves are on your arms at the time, but the pattern shows them being worn down on the top of the forearm so this is an issue. Not a deal-breaker, just plan accordingly.
- The collar/cowl has a life of its own! Ha, it seems to grow and engulf you as you wear it. I would recommend trimming it down a tad as it's huge and is almost larger than the rest of the garment.
- Lends itself really just to lightweight fabrics due to the enormous amount of extra fabric attributed to the collar
A super lightweight polyester/lycra knit from Walmart at $1/yard. This stuff was pretty but like pantyhose. It wasn't a problem to sew with, but a problem for handling, cutting, pinning, etc.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
None, I guess I did coverstitch all the hems in lieu of narrow hems. If I'd had to do narrow hems on all of those, I might be cursing now, but it was super easy with the coverstitch.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
This is pretty unique although it was so quick to whip up, I might if I found the right stuff to make it with. Definitely will trim down the cowl next time a bit.