Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes. I made the long sleeve tee and the skirt
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Love the top's shaping. It is very flattering.
Ponte Roma knit print and solid purchased from Hancock Fabrics. The print fabric was on the Spot The Dot clearance table.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Used pivot and slide to add 4 inches to sleeve circumference using Nancy Zieman's book Pattern Fitting With Confidence. Because I added more than one inch to each side of the sleeve I had to use extensions on the sleeve and the bodice. I cut out a size 18 and used pivot and slide to add 3 inches to the bust, 2 inches to the waist and 4 inches to upper hip (pattern fell just above my hip and I wanted to make sure it would not fit too snugly in the tummy area). I also used pivot and slide to shorten the back to waist length by 1/2 and inch (swayback). I made a 1/2 inch FBA by adding 1/2 inch to the center front hem and tapering to the side seam (a tip I learned from Louise Cutting on Threads website-- Industry Insider Techniques vol 4, Pattern Adjustment for a Full Bust in knits) to avoid adding darts to this knit top. There is also easing at the front side seam so that the front and back side seams match. The sleeve was attached flat before sewing the side seams which is my preferred method for sewing set-in sleeves in knits.
The fit is not perfect but the print camouflages some of the minor problems. I will continue tweaking the fit the next time I sew this pattern. Fitting has been a major challenge for me especially with my fluffy arms. Each time I make a garment I learn something new about fit. I will also consider taking in the waist so that the waistband has less gathers. I cut out the largest size in the skirt. The elastic guide gave me a length of elastic that I felt was too loose so I cut the elastic shorter. Even if I don't taper in at the waist, I will definitely use an even smaller length of elastic for a slightly more snug fit.
I used a twin needle to hem both garments. It came out okay-- better on the top than on the skirt. The thread kept twisting. I definitely am going to purchase a coverstitch machine as soon as I can afford it.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes and yes. I will sew this pattern again and again. It is a quick sew. Now that I have worked out the major fitting issues I believe I can sew an outfit in an evening--especially if construct it using my serger.
Conclusion: The tee only has 4 pattern pieces and the skirt only 2. This is a pretty straightforward pattern and the top and skirt are very flattering and comfortable to wear and great for a travel wardrobe. This will definitely be a TNT for both the tee and the skirt.