|Pattern Description: Knit top pattern with neckline, sleeve, and length options. I made view E - a draped cowl neck in a tunic length with flutter sleeves.|
Pattern Sizing: Simplicity sizes (4-6-8-10-12) and (12-14-16-18-20). I made a size 12 grading out to a size 14 over the hips. I chose the size based on the full bust finished garment measurements given in the pattern envelope.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, I thought so. The instructions even mention using binding to prevent the shoulder seams from stretching out and provide lots of clear illustrations. You do have to bounce back to find instructions for how to insert the sleeves but I don't think was particularly confusing. Overall it was very straightforward.
Did it look like the photo/drawing when you were done with it? Yes, I thought the top looked very similar to the line drawing. It looked a bit more drapey than the photo, but I think I usually need to use a size 10 in Simplicity, so perhaps the extra drape comes from using a slightly larger size than normal? I like the amount of drape it has though, so I am pleased with it.
What did you particularly like/dislike about the pattern? Likes: I like the fact that this had a center back seam which gives it nice shaping. I also like the fit of the pattern, ease of construction, and I think the sleeves look really cute! I also like the extra-long length of the top. Usually I have to add length, but not on this pattern. My only dislike - I am not really a fan of where the lowest pleat lies on my body - it looks like an awkwardly placed bust dart.
Fabric used: Mystery knit from the National City Swap Meet, most likely some sort of rayon? It was nice to sew with, so now I just have to hope it doesn't pill too badly after repeated washings.
Pattern alterations or design changes you made: None. I made view E exactly as drafted.
Would you sew this again? Would you recommend it to others? I might sew this again - I really like this top. Actually, I think I might make a frankenpattern using the back and sleeves from this pattern, and using the front piece from McCall's 6078 to remove the awkward bust dart that I don't like. But, yes, I could see myself making more of these tops in the future. I would recommend this pattern - easy to make and the fit was really great right out of the envelope.
Conclusion: Overall I think this is a great pattern and very easy to put together. It could look really classy in a black knit, or look cute and casual in a fun print. I think it was a great choice for my teal striped knit. Highly recommended!
You can see more pictures of the back and sleeves on my blog!