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|Ottobre Woman Magazine: 02-2013-2 (Summer Basic Top) - Type:Tops |
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|Posted on:||3/15/13 8:44 AM |
|Pattern Size:||Plus-Sized Regular |
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|Fabric:||Cotton Jersey [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|Pattern Description: From the magazine: "The look of the cap-sleeve jersey top can be easily modified by he choice of colour, material and fabric pattern. The top is fairly loose around the waist but fits snugly at the hips." In addition to 02-2013-02, this t-shirt is also listed as 02-2013-16 in a colour blocked version with a small pocket.|
Pattern Sizing: Sizes 34-52. Normally my Ottobre size is a 44 top with a large FBA tapering to a 46 waist and hips. As this is a kimono sleeved top and the shoulder position is less important, I decided to go with a cheater's approach. I used a size 48 through the shoulder and bust and tapered down to a 46 waist and hip. It's important to get the waist and hip right in you want the top to fit as the pattern is designed.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Apart from a small design change I made, yes, very like.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, they are brief but perfectly adequate. The top is so simple though there's hardly any need to read them if you've made at least one knit top before.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? What appealed to me about this top was principally the shaping of the pattern pieces, fitting through the upper body and loose over the midriff. I had no dislikes.
Fabric Used: A cotton jersey and a viscose jersey with lycra. The absolute best thing about this top is that you only need a little piece of 150cm wide fabric even if you're using the largest sizes of the pattern. I have a little pile of 1m cuts and they are absolutely ideal for this top -- you end up with just a few tiny scraps.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: The neckline of this pattern is wider than I like and risks being the sort of top where you spend the whole day pulling it back over your bra straps. I therefore redrew the neckline 4cm closer to the neck but kept the depth of the scoop intact. I made only one alteration for fit, increasing the armhole by 2.5cm in depth to accommodate my large upper arms. It's notable that I DIDN'T make my standard length adjustment to this top. Ordinarily I add 4-6cm in length to Ottobre patterns because I'm 5'8" and Ottobre's patterns are designed for a height of 5'6". In this case I didn't need to add any length at all even though the top naturally scrunches up around the hip. Shorter sewists might find that the length, unadjusted, produces a lot of fabric bunching around the waist and hip. The shape of the pattern pieces means it would be a bit awkward to take the top up at the hem if you dislike the length after you have cut the fabric, so worth considering this ahead of time. Here is a photo of the top "unscrunched" so that it's shown full length.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I'm absolutely in love with this pattern and how the finished garment looks on me and will probably end up making up dozens to this pattern.
Conclusion: For me, this is the ultimate potato chip pattern: you really can't just make one!
More photos and notes on my blog.
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