I made a coral short-sleeved version. I don't have any coral serger thread, and instead of using red which is the closest color I have, I decided to do a decorative coverstitch in a contrasting color, navy blue.
Decorative coverstitching on coral shirt
Well, ok, if you must know, it wasn't entirely designed this way...I had navy thread in my serger, and it was set up for coverstitch already from a previous project. I sewed the few seams on this shirt on my regular sewing machine with red thread, and then zipped it through the serger for all the coverstitching. Yes, I can be a path-of-least-resistance kind of girl sometimes. However, I like the way this came out - it makes it look kind of sporty and casual.
Knit top with draped cowl neck. Green flower print
I sewed size B.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, except mine is sleeveless.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Not only are the instructions easy to follow, there are also a lot of additional notes on making knit shirts. I got this pattern two or three years ago when I first got my serger, and I am still sewing it. The tips that are also described in the instructions include:
-bound self-fabric neckline used on t-shirts.
-adjustments for tall/petite, narrow/broad shoulders, small/large bust
-working with very stretchy knits, such as slinkies.
I think this pattern might be OOP now, but if you have it or can find a copy, I would recommend it, especially for anyone who is new to knits and/or serging.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like the shape of the cowl - it is actually formed by pleats at the shoulder, and falls perfectly on without any adjustments. The shape of the neckline is actually square, but my versions always fall in an oval due to the fabric weight. Interfacing might be able to preserve the square shape if desired.
The front of the top is lined, and consequently it is very suitable for thin, clingy knits such as the one I used here. I lined it in self fabric here, but one could easily use a thin tricot or other knit for thicker fabrics.
A very thin cotton lycra print - very soft, stretchy, and cool in the summer.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I made it sleeveless, and bound the armholes.
I eliminated the bust darts. My cup size can best be described as an A-, and bust darts on a stretchy knit shirt are quite unnecessary for me.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I recommend it, and I'm sure I will continue to sew it. So far, I've only sewn it in the summer leading to short sleeved and sleeveless versions. I might try a sweater knit for a winter version at some point.
Very good pattern.