|Pattern Description: |
Misses' Tops! Doesn't tell you much on the pattern envelope, but it is a close fitting pullover top with 2 variations on the gathered front.
6/8/10/12/14 and 14/16/18/20/22 - I made a 12ish size!
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, considering I used a patterned fabric.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Very easy, but extremely full in their content. Being a Palmer/Pletch pattern they went over and beyond with fitting technique, as well as hints and tips along the way.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I liked how the back collar neckline hugged my neck via a series of gathers. There is just gathering in the front panel to give a nice shape to the top.
This pattern does use a lot of material, due to the double cross on the front. If you use a fabric with a pattern you have to watch for pattern matching to ensure the left and right fronts don't clash!
The front crossover is higher than some wrap tops, which avoids the need to pin the cross. It does sit high, and I think is more winter orientated from this for warmth.
A cotton lycra knit with a strong pattern. This pattern calls for lighter weight fabrics (Jerseys, Cotton Knit, Spun Silk Knit, Matt Jersey.) Anything heavier in weight wouldn't cope with the amount of gathering needed.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
1. Instead of gathering on the neck/collar join I decided to pleat the fabric. It sat smoother, and thinner behind my neck. When I tried it gathered you could really feel it in a bumpy uncomfortable way.
2. I omitted the second lot of elastic in the sleeve seam. Just one pull of gathers looked find and made more of a feature out of the hem area.
3. Coverstitched all hems. Overlocked all seams.
4. Like others recommended, I sewed the sleeve in before doing the side seam.
5. The pattern is longer than what I like to wear, so I did remove about 4 cm from the hemline just prior to hemming.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes I will sew it again, it is a quick and easy top with a few pleasing features. Between the gentle neck folds, and the gathering across the tummy area the top is very flattering (and kind to the old body shape) when worn.
A quick and easy top to make, ideal for work or pleasure. Very similar in nature to many RTW tops that are around at the moment. More pictures at my blog...