In an effort to "stash-bust," I used knit remnants from other projects to make a workout top, rather than buying one.
Pattern Sizing: 4-12. I cut a straight 8. Beware the hips! They are roomy looking on the white photo, but fit closely more like the blue dress in real life. In a woven, I will need to grade wider at hips.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes except for my mods.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Can't recall but I didn't seem to have any problems. It's not a hard pattern.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? Like: Really cute neckline and versatile. I detest tummy clinging workout tops so this gave me the opportunity to fit it as "skimming." Who wants to have to "suck it in" when you're working out?
Dislikes: It's not as A-line looking as the white photo. It's more columnar like the blue photo, so I decreased at the bust and should have increased at the hips. The armhole was a little high on me but that happens to me about half the time.
Fabric Used: Camouflage is ITY from fabricmart.com. Black is swimsuit lining. I love that stuff for so many things! It's silky, tightly woven, incredible recovery. I use it to line knits.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
1. I rounded the insets for ease of attaching the binding (foldover elastic). Next time, I'd make them more extreme for a more obvious design.
2. I carved out panels for some colorblocking fun and to create some illusion of thinness. Plus, my remnants were too small to get a full front or back. I topstitched these down and it looks really ready to wear. Plus the extra vertical seams kind of weigh the top down so it drapes nicely.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Definitely!