|Pattern Description: Close-fitting, pullover top has neck binding, seam detail, stitched hems, contrast variations, and optional double needle topstitching and silk screen motifs.|
did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?Yes, allowing for design changes
were the instructions easy to follow?Yes.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? this is a flexible pattern with lots of room for creativity. The pictures of view B and D hint at this, but A and C do not inspire- Vogue could lift its game a bit! While I don't dislike the instructions for binding the neck, I used a slightly different method which I think works a little better- I cut a binding shorter than the neckline (about 5 cm less) folded it, quartered it and the garment, the applied the binding stretching a little more on the curved areas than the straight ones. I used a long stitch and when I was satisfied with the binding, overlocked the seam for a firm neat finish.
Fabric Used: two soft knits (one patterned poly spandex, one plain bamboo) for the body and sleeves and a slightly firmer striped knit which I used as a trim, neck binding and for the back insert.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I changed the design by raising the front neckline 3cm, and adding and about 2cm to the length of the garment. I varied the trim on the sleeves in two ways: the instructions are to add the band just by top stitching, leaving the edges raw. I knew if I did this the ghost of my grandma would haunt me with reproaches, so I used Vliesofix tape to hem the bands and top stitched them down. I made a strip of the striped fabric and put it under the top of the band like a lice of piping (and to appease grandma's ghost, the strip is folded double so that no raw edges show there either}. These are all minor tweaks to suit my own taste
I made substantial but simple alterations to the width of the front to accommodate my tummy. I cut the neck and shoulders at size 14, the back and side pieces at 16 and added to the top and lower front moving out to what would be about a 20 at the hem. This leaves plenty of room- I may even take a little out at the bottom after a few wears. Incidentally, time I simply used a straight stitch for all the body seams, gently stretching as I sewed, and I think the seams look better than they would had I overlocked- less handled. They certainly allow for easy alteration if I do decide to take a little out of the front.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I think I will probably sew version B again, and almost certainly attempt Cor D.
Conclusion: This one is well worth a go.