|Pattern Description: From the website: "Stylish V-neck top, raised neckline at back, with or without sleeves. |
View A has a zipper at front neckline for more coverage.
Voted "A Best Pattern of 2007" by patternreview.com members."
It's cute that they include the PR honor!
I made it with sleeves and no zipper.
Pattern Sizing: Oh, jeez, a million. "F-FF" in fact. I cut an "S" at the top grading to a "T" in the bottom, but the lines are so close together that anywhere in the S-T range would have been fine. I based this off my measurements and got a good fit.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, I suppose.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Well, they are printed sideways in a corner of the pattern sheet, in small print, with all the diagrams separate from the text and labeled with numbers to correspond with the steps, which I hate, but I deciphered them eventually. Not the clearest I've seen.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I totally fell in love with the construction method. Basically you cut two identical front pieces, lay them right sides together, stitch a line right down the middle, then fold it over (like a butterfly) and the line of stitching in the middle becomes the center seam and the fold the finished the neckline. Brilliant. Plus it goes together super fast. Bonus - the empire seam hits me just right (which I gathered it would from all the normal-busted-ladies' reviews saying it was too short. I have a very small bust).
Fabric Used: A thinish sweater knit from the bins at Michael Levine Loft in LA. I was glad of the double layered top half in the front, as my fabric may have had some show-through in a single layer across the bust. I think though that the fabric may have still been too stiff to lay right along the neckline - either something drapier or even stiffer would have been better.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I had to finish the sleeves with cuffs since I wasn't paying attention when I was cutting and the bottom of one sleeve got placed on an already-cut-out section of fabric... oops. Otherwise none.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I bought it to try my hand at making a bike jersey using the sleeveless, zippered neck option, and I'd still like to do that. I may revisit this version in a different fabric at some point, since I love the construction so much! Highly recommended, especially if you want a v-neckline in a fabric that won't make a nice finish with a binding!
Conclusion: I do think this top is a win, I'm just not as over the moon about it as I thought I would be. I wanted/assumed that this top would end up a little dressier, but the pattern is kind of sporty to begin with, and with this fabric it turned out more casual than I'd've liked. But I still have nothing but goodwill for it since it's such an ingenious design.
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