|Pattern Description: Close-fitting, pullover tops A, B, C, in two lengths, have collar and stitched hems. A: short sleeves. B: three-quarter length sleeves. C: long sleeves.|
I made the long sleeve version.
Pattern Sizing: XS-XL. I graded from a S top to M at the bottom.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes.
Were the instructions easy to follow? They were fine and quite straightforward.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? It features two of my favorite design elements: cowl neck and empire seam. But it just didn't work for me in the end. The raglan sleeves, which are usually a feature I like, seem to slide off my shoulders somewhat, and the neckline seam where the cowl attaches hits wider than my bra straps, which seems a bit wide. The armsyces are also rather low for my taste. The empire line serves no purpose, it's just a design detail (and one I like, so I didn't omit it as many folks have), but in this thickish fabric the topstitching just looks kinda amateurish.
Fabric Used: Maroon sweater knit from the bins at Michael Levine Loft in LA. It's thickish and springy but somehow still thin enough to show every lump and bump when worn.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: None. Perhaps I should have?
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? There's nothing wrong with this pattern, I think, I just didn't love the result. I'm not sure if a different size or some fitting or a different fabric would make me like the pattern more, but the whole point of this kind of pattern is to make a quick knit top without much futzing, so I don't know that it's worth the effort to find out. There are a thousand cowl neck top patterns out there (and I may actually own about 900 of them), so I'll probably just move on. If you like it, though, by all means give it a shot. It's quick and easy and seems to work for most people!
Conclusion: Not my favorite top in the world, but it'll still see some wear.
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