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|Pattern Rating:||Easy & Great for Beginners |
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|Fabric:||Polyester Knit [See other projects in this fabric]|
| ETA, August 17, 2015|
I revisited one of my favorite patterns (I sewed three versions in 2010) this past May and just recently on August 16, 2015. It originally came out in 1973. I finished the necklines of both using a method similar to a "wrapped binding" method detailed in this blog entry I sewed the strip cut from the same fabric (right side of strip to the "wrong" side of the neckline or from the inside of the garment), turned to the outside and topstitched close to the edge.
Fifth version (blue/gold): rayon jersey from EOS.
Fourth version (zig zag): ITY jersey from fashionfabricsclub,com (I apologize for not posing a "full length" photo).
The neckband of my most current version in the blue and gold, especially with the placement of the print surpassed my expectations. I was able to have the front and back to look identical as intended. I was not able to cut the sleeves to look "symmetric". But, I am satisfied with the overall look.
updated blog post
blog post with the three previous tops
my retro sewing projects in flickr
These three tops were my weekend project two weeks ago.
First version. I had to re-cut one side of the front bodice, due to the "headlight" effect.
Third version with front bodice cut on a fold.
From 1973: "The flared dress has low round neckline, back zipper, and top-stitching trim. Short dress V. 1 has long set-in sleeves. Long dress V. 2 has short set-in sleeves."
The use of this pattern stemmed from my disappointing experience with a UFO project, Butterick knit dress 5243.
So, I shifted gears and decided to try this Simplicity pattern from 1973. I found remaining fabric from previous projects and shortened the dress pattern to create two tops. Then for my third version, I decided to cut the top from the skirt (against the grain, due to size constraints)originally intended for the Butterick knit dress. Now, I feel relieved to eliminate this fabric from my UFO list.
Misses' size 12, bust 34
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?Yes, except I shortened the dress pattern into one for a top.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, from all my experiences with a pattern from the "Jiffy" series. As usual, clear illustrations are included.
* Scoop neckline
* Curved contour at side seams that work nicely with my figure
* Gathered style at sleeve caps that balance what's below the bustline
* The pattern lives up to its "Jiffy" name
There is nothing to dislike about the pattern except for the facings which I excluded. However, I would use the facings if I create the dress version in a double knit because it would look much better with a non-topstitched neckline.
Poly knit from GorgeousFabrics. All came from fabric that I used in previous projects.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
To preserve the original pattern, I traced the front, back, and sleeve pieces onto gift wrap tissue paper. It was easy to make any necessary adjustments.
*Omitted the front and back facings
*For my second and third versions, I took in the upper center back seam by 3/4" to eliminate some gaping that I experienced in my first version.
* Removed the added 1/4" at the armscye, or in other words, I did not have to change the armscye of the original pattern.
* Shortened the upper back by making a horizontal fold with a width of 3/4".
*Made my usual 3/4" petite adjustment between the bust and hips.
*Traced a short sleeve pattern piece from the long sleeve pattern piece.
*Staystitched 1/4" from the neckine, folded the edge under at the staystitching and topstitched
*For the third version, I place the front pattern on the fold so as not to break up the big flower.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
After making three of these, still a big YES! It is one of those easy and gratifying things to sew. I definitely recommend this and other Jiffy patterns to sewists at all levels. Jiffy patterns are "easy chic". I confess that what I have been wearing out often are my poly knit tops created from Simplicity or McCall "carefree" (anyone remember?) patterns from the 1970's. The simple style of a deep (but not too deep) scoop neck with some shaping at the sides work best with my figure and just a change of fabric can significantly alter the personality of the garment.
I have been usually successful with patterns from the 1970's. With little or no alterations, I have been very fortunate to have something that fits BETTER than current RTW. Suppose I have 10 garments to try on in department store dressing room. I would be lucky to have ONE that fits decently. I have better luck fitting into something I sewed straight from the pattern envelope...
I cannot wait to sew the dress version!
More details of my tainted UFO in my blog
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