close up of lady bugs
close up of fabric--on this version, I cut from only the lady bug part and did not use the border at the selvage
Misses' Seven Sizes in One" and described by New Look as "easy"
Misses sizes 10-22, all included in the pattern envelope
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
No, not really because I did not use the contrast banding at the hemline and I also did not use the neckband tie extension at the neckline. Also, I sewed up the CF seam getting rid of the vee opening.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Finally, I understood how to do the band at the hemline. Finally. I kept reading the instructions, looking at the diagrams, and understanding that something was missing in my comprehension. Aha! The band at the hemline is sewn on and then flipped to the outside, leaving the seam (lower edge of top/band) at the bottom edge of the blouse. Then the top edge of the band is topstitched in place. NOW I GET it!!!! Finally. (Please, please don't tell me I'm wrong!)
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
This is a great TNT for wovens for me. I finally understand how I'm supposed to sew it. I love the way it fits and how you can change up the look a lot just by changing the fabric and some of the details.
a linen blend with embroidered lady bugs from the red tag clearance table at JAF several years ago
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I shortened the straps, front and back, raised the neckline, did away with the vee slit at CF, did away with the ties at CF, and applied the bias neckline binding so the seam is at CB.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes and yes.
I love this pattern. It was worth all the tweaking to get it right and all the sewing of the different versions to understand what is going on. Now, I have to work with the sleeved versions the pattern offers.