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|StyleArc: Patsy Top (Patsy Top) - Type:Tops |
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|Reviewed by:||Re Becca|
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|Posted on:||6/18/13 7:09 PM |
|Last Updated:||6/18/13 7:14 PM|
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|Pattern Rating:||Great Wardrobe Builder |
|Tip: Precision seaming|
|Fabric:||Rayon Jersey [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|Pattern Description: "Flattering neckline draping from shoulder pleats into a front flounce."|
Pattern Sizing: Available in sizes 6 - 30. I ordered a 14 which corresponds to my Big 4, I'm a 44 or 46 in European. This has 2" of ease in it which a lot for a knit top, I should have gotten a 12.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? I think it does look like the drawing. The only thing that I noticed to be a little misleading about the drawing is that it seems to exaggerate the curliness of the ruffle in the front.
Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions actually aren't bad.
I added a few extra steps myself to make sure that the stripes lined up perfectly. Following Kay Y's tip for precision seaming, I perfectly matched stripes like this:
With right sides together, fold back the seam allowance of the top piece of fabric so that both right sides of the allowance are visible.
With a loose zigzag and a contrasting thread, zigzag basting stitches down the seam line catching both sides of the fabric like this. It helps if you stop before each stripe and lift the presser foot to straighten the fabric. This is what the seam looks like with the seam allowances spread open.
With a steamy iron, press the folded side of the fabric flat tugging slightly on the folded side to straighten the basting stitches. (sorry for the fuzzy pic)
Stitch straight down the row of basting stitches.
Then, you just pull out the basting stitch and admire your work!
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? Very modern and simple. Great use of stripes without looking like a whole solid block of horizontal stripes.
Fabric Used: Wonderful, substantial but soft jersey 92% rayon, 8% lycra from Sew Much Fabric absolutely can't beat her customer service. Received my fabric 2 days after ordering.
I did kind of a test garment out of pretty fluid silk jersey and it didn't look too bad, but I tried to serge a hem on my serger and it didn't work out very well. You can see more details about that on my blog here.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I didn't make any changes, but I think I will shorten it by a couple of inches, maybe round the hemline. The short sleeve length is great.
After wearing the top for a time or two, I curved the hem more. I like it better without that big horizontal line across my hips.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I like this top, I do recomend it but when you pick a size, there is ease of about 2" (for a size 14) included.
Conclusion: This is s cute top that is actually super simple to sew, as long as you have a good way to do a rolled hem, or don't mind having a raw knit edge. (I don't mind the raw edge) It also works best with cotton jersey or other firm knits.
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