|Pattern Description:semi-fitted, lined below hip jacket with button fly and long 2 piece sleeves. Aline dress with yokes. Straight skirt. I made B - sleeveless, unlined, side slits shell top with yoke and back zip. (pattern has lining for B)|
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?hard to tell as it's in black on the pattern, I think so
Were the instructions easy to follow?Didn't look at them. I did it this way (thanks, Meredith, my sewing teacher): 1. Cut light interfacing for around the neckline of the facing only and fuse.
2.Sew darts (without slashing). Overlock CB edges of back yoke and lower back. Sew front yokes to front and back yokes to back.
3. Insert invisible zip, upside down (ie with the opening at the hem of back, rather than at the neck)
4. Sew up shoulder seams.
5. sew up back seam on back facing, sew facing shoulder seams and overlock lower edges of facing.
6. Pin facing to neckline, right sides together and sew. (flat)
7. Press and understitch facing. Notch and press, turn to wrong side.
8. Trim facings 0.5 cm at shoulder, tapering to nothing at armhole.
9. Turn garment so R side is facing up and facings are down. Put R sides together around and hence enclosing other shoulder seam. It will be a bit bulky. Stitch armhole. Understitch facings as much as possible, trim seam. Pull fronts through and repeat for other shoulder seam/armhole.
10. Press well. Sew up side seams including facings under arm. Press up hem.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?I was looking for a shell top that would utilise my border (purple floral) print fabric, this also had flattering princess seams.
Fabric Used:mint green cotton/linen with purple border print If you flick through the album, you see I've made another version in white embroidered cotton.
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:I reduce shoulder width at upper armhole on front and back yokes by 1cm, reducign to nothing at notches. (I'd add this back if I ever made the dres version). I put tucks in front and back neclines fro closer fit. I straighten darts around waist to increase ease at waist and made a horizontal tuck in back to account for the sway back. I took up 2cm at petite adjustment lines on the bodice front and back, but ended up adding 2.5 cm back to hem.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes to both. Step 9 is probably confusing to those unfamiliar to the technique, not sure if it's been described elsewhere. I plan to make another one in the next 3 months, so may be I'll update with photos as I construct if.
Conclusion A great wardrobe staple.