Close fitting tops have asymmetrical front neckline finished with facings, front shoulder inset with gathers, and gathers on left front. View A has cap sleeves and armholes are finished with self fabric bindings. View B has dropped shoulders and full length sleeves. I made view B and I adjusted the dropped shoulders because they don't suit me, but I love the ruching. Pattern Sizing:
xs - xl I made the small for winter. Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
It did but I changed the position of the sleeves (moved them closer to the shoulder line) and made the neckline smaller/tighter. Were the instructions easy to follow?
I used them to guide my sewing. The fabric I used to test this top is very thin so I had to use 2 layers for the front.
I used a wider facing to keep it from popping to the front of the top.
The next 4 versions used single layer for the pattern as set out in the pattern.
Kwik Sew have good instructions. What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I love the ruching. The neckline is flattering and elegant too. Great for winter.
Getting the sleeves to be closer to my shoulders was the real challenge. I gave up on the back fit because the front ruching negates smooth back fit. Unless you make this top a tight fit, go with a relaxed fit. Fabric Used:
Polyster knit fabric. The main stretch is placed around the body. Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
The bodice is great so I retraced the shoulder seam with another KwikSew bodice. Dropped shoulders do nothing for me so instead of trying to find another pattern in my stash, I raised the sleeve head and sewed the sleeve closer to my shoulder line.
I redrew the back seam to give it more shape for sway back.
I've shortened the body by 8cm or 3". Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes I have. I've made a total of 5 tops for winter. I love the bodice!!
If you like dropped sleeves, use this pattern.
Or bring the sleeve head up for less wider look at the shoulders
I have this pattern ear-marked for summer versions too.