|Description: “knit tops with princess seams and stitched hems. A: sleeveless armholes with bias tape finish, B: cowl collar neckline with below elbow sleeves, C: scoop neckline with bias tape finish”. Please notice how the package description does not describe the type of wrap style neckline, or how C has long sleeves. This top has all four body symbols, suggesting it will look good on all body types.|
Fabric suggested: “Moderate stretch knits only: wool Jersey, cotton knits and matte jersey, unsuitable for obvious diagonals”. I used fabric that was free! It has a one way stretch that matched the envelopes little stretch suggestion diagram. I will ask my sewing friends, but I think it is wool or cotton jersey. It has a glue adhered sparkly decoration and a bleach treatment that goes right thru to the other side. It had a repeat print of this decoration that I tried to cut my main pieces with.
Instructions: Easy to follow.
Sewing: Easy. The annoying part for view A was all the basting. Sure, you baste if you want a nice garment, so I basted and glad I did. I used my serger for all the seams, and the Janome CPX for the hems. The back is in 4 pieces, too many in my opinion. I may try to make it just 3 in my next one. When I was pining up the sleeves to the shoulder area, it just felt like there was too much fabric to ease in, so I increased the seam allowance a bit on both shoulders, in the same place. I sew like a rebel: and sewed the sleeve in flat then sewed the sleeve and side seam together, not like the instructions.
Finished garment: my top doesn’t quite look like the picture on the envelope; it is a line drawing, not a real person! My fabric may not have been beefy enough for the collar to stand up in back. If I cared, and if I noticed early enough I suppose I could have added some interfacing. The coverage in front is also not like the photo, but I don’t think it will need any safety stitching. My picture shows that the shoulders are sloping right off! In my next version I will try to bring the shoulder seam to the shoulder for a more tailored look.
Conclusion: I love this top! I love this fabric! It is super soft and super pretty! I think this top is flattering and gives enough ease at the hip. I look forward to wearing this top A LOT! I am going to look through my stash for suitable fabric to make another while I have the pieces out at the ready!