|Pattern Description: Top with bias trim at neckline and cuffs, and bias bow. Another thing about this top is that the shoulder seam is shorter than the natural shoulder, I think that's why the cap sleeve has a dart for shaping. I didn't notice this thing about the shoulder line until I got to measuring the pattern pieces, then I realised it's visible in the magazine picture.|
Pattern Sizing: 36-44. I usually cut a 40 for shoulders and bust and transition to 44 for waist and hips, but after measuring the pattern it looked like it had too much ease from waist down, so I cut 40 for shoulders, bust and waist and 42 at hem.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, except my sleeves are shorter.
Were the instructions easy to follow? They were, in part, but I couldn't understand why they used facings when they had a bias finish at neckline. I couldn't figure that part, so I omitted the facings.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like the simplicity of it and the interest given by the contrast finshing at neckline and cuffs, and the bow although it could be omitted if you want to remove some of the "sweetness" of this look
I didn't like that there is too much ease in this top, and the thing about the neckline facings.
Fabric Used: I used silk for the top and some satin that was a leftover from another project.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: There were quite a few alterations:
- because of too little fabric, which happened to be also a little narrow and to have a directional print, my sleeves are shorter;
- I lowered the front neckline by 3cm, then I was affraid that because of the more curved neckline that resulted at the front I won't be able to attach the bias as it was 2.5 cm wide, but miraculosly it fitted well and looks good neckline. Or, I guess I could use those facings instead, lol;
- I skipped the neckline facings, as I said before;
- Instead of cutting the back on the fold, I made it in two pieces an I made a sway back alteration, as there was too much fabric for me hanging at the back (can you tell I made a muslin for this simple top? lol)
- my bow is not on the bias, as I didn't have enough satin to cut it on the bias, too. In the instructions they say to leave the bow edges raw and visible, which I think would be a cool look for a bias strip, but I left my SA's at the inside.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? It is a pretty basic top, and I am keeping this pattern. I recommend it, but make sure you measure the pattern pieces before tracing it.
Conclusion: I realise my fabric choices make my top pretty loud, and I hope I can fit it in my lifestyle
A few more pictures:
Without the bow. I didn't attach permanently the bow, yet, as I'm not sure how I like it better.