|What a great pattern! I can see why this got a Best Of 2012 Award. This view is probably the hardest because you do have to pay attention when cutting out the shapes. Just make sure that your fabric layout (right side up or wrong side up?) is consistent, as well as the pattern layout. I think I messed up on the upper piece, I placed the pattern wrong side down, when I had done all the other pieces right sides down. The result is that the stripes go one way when I wanted them to go opposite. Oh well!|
I like the racer back
For once, I actually read the pattern reviews for this pattern before sewing it up. Based on my reading, I cut my regular size 12, but I cut the shoulder tops on the size 10 line, raising the neckline just a bit. I also re-drew the front neckline, raising it up about an inch.
I played with some of the stripes at the neck and shoulders . For the neck, I just cut a red strip and serged it to the neck opening. For the arm holes, I took advantage of the way the jersey curled like crazy. I sewed a strip to the inside while stretching it, and then flipped it to the outside, exposing the raw edge of the strip. It's hard to tell from the picture, but the raw edge curls under and the wrong side of the fabric shows. The only other place I got really "fussy" was at the bottom edge:
I wanted those stripes to match on the bottom. I didn't finish the hem.
I can definitely see me making this one up at least 1 more time this Summer. I understand now why it's been so popular, it's easy, and it's a great pattern!