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|New Look: 6891 (Misses Easy Pullover Tops) - Type:Tops |
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top with previously reviewed skirt
close up of button at neckline
photo of button from another angle (trying to show blue/gold color better)
The back of the envelope says, "Misses' Seven Sizes in One."
The pattern is for a pullover top designed for wovens.
There are sleeveless/sleeved options.
The armhole and neckline edges are finished with a reverse bias band.
Misses sizes 10-22
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes. There is a little skipping around due to the many options and also the fact I combined 2 versions. But overall, I think the instructions are very well done.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Once you get the sizing figured out, this is a great pattern to use to achieve different looks. It lends itself to modification because of the uncomplicated seaming.
100% cotton from the redtag clearance table at JAF which I've had in my stash for several years
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I used the button/loop closure at the neck of Views A and D. You are instructed to cut the same length as for the neckband/ties in the other views, and this is way too long, so if you are running short on fabric, you can actually cut this band quite a bit shorter. Since the pattern piece is long and it's cut on the true bias, it can eat up quite a bit of fabric.
I also modified the banding at the hemline of View E by letting it drop down rather than turning it up. This extended the length of the top. The band is meant to be folded outward and upward to rest atop the lower bodice. I made this mod because the angled stripes of the band seemed to need more length of the straight stripes of the bodice to be visually pleasing. I felt like there was a better balance with the longer bodice and things didn't seem as chaotic.
When a sleeve or neckband are called for, I rarely sew the band in a loop before attaching it. Instead, I make sure I have enough length plus some extra to go around the sleeve (or neck), and I start at the shoulder seam for the sleeve or the CB seam for the neck. Then I work around to near the underarm seam, leaving a little room for maneuvering, say an inch or two. Then I break the thread and return to the starting point, now sewing the opposite side of the armhole and once again approach the underarm seam, and once again leaving a little maneuvering room. Then I figure out the exact length I need to finish the band and seam the band together. Now I have the loop and I finish sewing on the band. This lets me get the perfect length. This photo attempts to show the end of the process:
how I do the sleeve band
This is really a useful method because no matter how careful I am, that loop when first sewn rarely fits and I end up redoing that loop seam anyway. Better to get the straight band mainly sewn in and then adjust for correct length.
I did the basic alteration at the CB (upper) to bring it in a little and avoid gaping as shown here:
narrowing the upper back
I also removed 2 inches from the length as shown here:
shortening the top by 2 inches
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes and yes.
I sewed this pattern during the January 2013 One Pattern Many Looks contest and I will continue sewing it as an exercise in seeing how far I can take one pattern.
The New Look patterns, based on my experience, take a little bit of work to get a good fit. They seem to need shortening from neck to hem, and narrowing across the width. Whereas Kwik Sews generally fit well width-wise, they need attention at the shorten/lengthen lines. New Look patterns need some work (for me) in both directions, but so far 2 of my favorite patterns have been New Looks.
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