|Pattern Description: |
Vionnet inspired simple top: cut on the bias with elbow length sleeves - your choice of finishing the neckline, sleeves and hem. A single plattern piece, a simple interesting cut, ease of wear and versions are driven by the choice of fabric, not the construction.
sm, med lg. No seam allowances on the pattern. I usually cut a 14 so headed straight for the large. Subsequent makes have seen 1cm added all round.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
There aren't really any detailed instructions - however there are only two seams! How many steps do you need?
All of the Centre for Pattern Design patterns are aimed at intermediate or advanced skill level - they idea is you manipulate and change the basic pattern to your own style and level of sewing.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Wow - one piece, two seams!
First a poly satin, next a printed cotton and then a silk chiffon. The silk drapes the best on the bias, but the satin shines and the cotton works too.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I cut larger than the Large size and lengthened the sleeves. The sleeve hems might be a bit tight when cut straight from the pattern measure round your arm to check before cutting.
These tops were great items for practising attaching bias binding. I tried all sorts of ways and honed my skills at top stitching and sewing evenly from the edge of the fabric. Each version I've made has a different bias strip.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Well, I've sewn three already and believe me - this will be made many, many times.
Take a fabric, any fabric, as long as there is a bit of drape and softness and it will make this top. Experiment with finishing techniques, add cuffs and a waist band; even add a collar. As CfPD state, versions are driven by the fabric, not construction and your own unique styling.
You'll need about 1.5m but the wider the better, especially if you want to make longer sleeves. Now where's that jersey that I didn't know what to do with?