|UPDATE: VERSION 2|
This pattern had so much potential I dived straight back in and made a second, this time cut as a single layer on the correct bias grainline made easier by chalking around the outline so the fabric could be moved as it was cut.
Plus I made a few more fitting tweeks, including a small bust adjustment and a square shoulder adjustment.
The SBA was done by taking a horizontal dart at the front neckline (about half way across the pattern piece) then spreading the ease at the hip/hemline. The grainline, CB seam and hem were then trued.
* with the correct grainline and/or different fabric, the top became quite long. This version is shortened by 7cm which also helps reduce the bulk of draped fabric around the waist (but wasn't needed in version #1)
* I also sewed the CF seam on the foldline (not as marked on pattern piece)
Finished top version 2
Fabric is a 4-way rayon jersey from Tessuti, lots of drape, a lovely hand and a bit more body than the silk jersey below. Interestingly, not being as slippery is helpful in keeping the CF drape in place and so far hasn't required the coin weight.
The two tops do look very similar despite the different grainline and both will go nicely with the Tessuti Suzy silk pants (which are great, and is another review to come).
VERSION 1 review
A stylish and flattering designer knit top by Donna Karan, sleeveless with a deep drape-y front cowl.
Pattern Sizing: 10
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Surprisingly yes, although more like the line drawing than the modelled top, due to the Pattern Magic style twist... achieved by messing up the grainline... yes, indeed!!
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Vogue's instructions looked good although I didn't really use them.
A lovely quality silk jersey from The Fabric Store several years ago.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
* shaped the CB seam for an upper back dart at neck edge (as suggested by Barbara V) final dart intake on my top was approximately 6cm (3m on each side of seam) tapered to a mid point on back seam
* raised the underarm (as suggested by Mahogany Stylist)
Both the above reviews have photos of these adjustments.
Cutting out is definitely the hardest part, due to the size of the single front/back pattern piece combined with lightweight (and in my case, slippery) fabric. I tried to be sneaky by folding the fabric on the bias to fit it on the cutting table, and in the process managed to mess this up by placing the CF (instead of the bias grainline) on the bias fold. In reality this would never have worked, but luckily being a forgiving knit the top is still wearable... although it does have a definite twist that is most likely from the misplaced grainline.
TIP: find a way to cut pattern out as a single piece on the bias grain, as recommended.
5 cent coin used as a weight to hold the drape in position.
Steam-a-seam also used along neck edge fold line to give added support and stabilise the facing.
Hem, neck and sleeve facings were finished using a coverstitch.
The neck foldine and stitch line didn't seem to be aligned, so I used the foldline, added a catch stitch at CF to hold it in place, then added a small bit of bling.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I'm not sure this is the most helpful review of the pattern due to the grainline issue, which I suspect influences the drape and possibly the fit. However, there are several other lovely versions of this top on Pattern Review that show it as intended and I plan to make it again, so perhaps that is a recommendation
Happily this is not a wadder, although wearability will be the final decider. I may even experiment with a small bust adjustment next time to see if I can raise the start of the drape (although I am unsure how to achieve this given the unusual pattern shape).