|Pattern Description: Pullover, close-fitting top and dresses have button neck and front bands, and stitched hems. A: narrow hem on sleeves. C: button flaps. A,C: pockets. B,C,D:fitted through hips. C,D: back hemline slit. Designed for medium weight moderate stretch knits. Suggested fabrics: Jerseys, Interlock, Cotton Knits.|
Pattern Sizing: XS - XXL (4 - 26)
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? Yes
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
- This is a fresh take on the classic henley shirt and looks very on trend for summer maxis. And it has 4 lengths - so many options.
- The long sleeves are a great option - I get cold everywhere if I'm inside!
- The dress looks so slim! It kind of skims past those tricky spots, and the sleeves are such a nice fit.
Fabric Used: I've sewn two versions of the pattern, view D. Both are 100% cotton jersey knit from Girl Charlee (my absolute favorite store for cotton and cotton blend knits). They are light-midweight 7 oz. knits with about 30% stretch across the grainline.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
- I left off the front placket on my versions, just personal taste.
- I also left off the center back hemline slit. It's cute, I might use it on my next version.
- The pattern calls for a neckline finish using a strip of fabric that is cut across the grain and applied as a neckband. I was skeptical but rolled with it first go round - and removed the neckband. It tended to 'stand up' too much, I think because it was not cut on the bias. My final versions are bias strips applied as a binding, so much nicer.
- I've found in sewing this weight knit that a center back seam takes a lot of punishment, particularly if you are sitting on it...the knit tends to really pull/stretch at the stitches. To avoid this problem, I cut the back of this pattern on the fold, rather than with a center back seam. I'm super happy with the fit as is, but someone else might want to add side darts for shaping if this approach is used.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes and yes!
Conclusion: I'm such a maxi fan, and this one has quickly become a favorite! It is a great pattern for all level sewists. More pics and info on my blog!