Pattern Description: Pull-over knit top. Close fitting with neck and sleeve variations.
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?I like both views. I made View B but with 3/4 length sleeves
Fabric Used:Gorgeous Rayon/Lycra Italian Cubist design knit from Emma Onesock--love her fabrics! I'm so grateful to everyone here at PR for showcasing her because I probably would not have found her on my own.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:I made a 3/4 sleeve with a roll-up cuff. I also made my usual 1/4" forward shoulder adjustment and graded from a L at the neck to an XL at the hip. Next time I think I'll shorten the shoulder length because this one extends past my shoulder.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?Yes and Yes. I kind of fought with this one--my own fault not the pattern nor the fabric's fault. This beautiful fabric is very soft and buttery. The pattern calls for 1/4" seam allowances. I'm not used to 1/4" seam allowances!! Needless to say I was almost in tears with trying to keep the fabric out of the throat plate (no, I don't have a single needle throat plate nor a walking foot for that matter. Both are on my "to buy" list now!) I finally decided to use some fabric stabilizing liquid on the already cut fabric. It was way too stiff! Then I got the bright idea to put the stiffened fabric in a bowl of water to remove just some of the stiffener. I squeezed out the excess water and laid the pieces out on a sweater dryer to dry then ironed it. Well, after all that handling, the neckline stretched out even though I had already stay stitched the top neckline and had interfaced the band and sewn the gathering stitches. Lesson learned for the next version. I can and will wear this one and I really love the fabric design (it's a perfect match for a couple pairs of pants I already own--insert picture of me patting my own back!) but I will include a deeper seam allowance and stiffen fabric first if warranted. I love the gathered front neck line of View B and the fit is nice in the body. I may cut the neck and shoulders smaller next time.
Conclusion: Definitely worth making as it's an easy top to make and has just enough difference from a standard crew neck to make it interesting. I'm also planning to make View A this fall.