Pattern Description: Close fitting v-neck top with shoulder and bodice gathers, center front inset and 3/4 length banded sleeves. The Cross Your Heart Top is very flattering and easy to wear. It is terrific in prints that may not be suitable for larger piece patterns.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, except I made the top sleeveless
Were the instructions easy to follow?
In general this is a fairly easy top. As a sleeveless top it's only 3 pieces! I haven't made a version with sleeves, so I can't speak to how easy or difficult it would be to add the sleeves.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
What I like about Christine Johnson patterns is that she includes a couple of very helpful sheets for working with knits. She includes a sheet describing if/when you should size up or down based on how the pattern is designed to fit - close or loose. She also includes a sheet on how to measure how much stretch is in your fabric so you know what size to cut based on body measurements and fabric stretch.
The only difficult part of this pattern is connecting the center front to the two sides. It requires sewing two rectangle shape pieces together, which is not as easy as the sketches in the pattern make it look. My advice is read the directions closely and work carefully.
An Ity knit purchased from Christine Johnson
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
One thing to be careful of is to ensure that the empire bustline hits in the right place. To ensure the placement was right I measured from the top of my shoulder to under my bust - to where I wanted the empire waistline to fall. I used a one-to-one measurement. Based on that I added 5/8 of an inch to the crossover section of the top. Then adjust the rectangle center piece - reduce by 5/8 - so that all pattern pieces meet correctly at the hem.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes! I've even made it into a great summer dress!
If you'd like to read more, or see how this can be made into a dress - check out my blog posting - Cross Your Heart Top