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|New Look: 6108 (top, skirt, and scarf) - Type:Coordinates |
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|Pattern Rating:||Recommend, with Modifications |
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|Fabric:||Cotton-Lycra Knit [See other projects in this fabric]|
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Misses' knit tops with neckline variations, pull on skirt and knit or woven scarf with fringe detail.
I made view A which is a keyhole slit, halter tank top.
US 4-16. I made a size 12 for a 36" bust, and this was a perfect size. I would note that I went down a size from my wovens size as the stated measurement for the bust places this as being 37 1/2" at the bust for a size 12 which was spot-on for the gathered front on this.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes although for view A, the keyhole isn't "V'ed" at all - it's straight up and down. The drawing of this almost makes it look like it's slanted, but it's not.
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Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, super simple, I just have issues with the recommended finishings in places, but it's easy to follow. The only part that wasn't clear to me was which side of the front band they want you to put outward (i.e. the interfaced side or the non-interfaced) but given that most of the time the interfaced portion is called the facing, I turned it inside.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
- I love the options that come with this pattern although I'm thinking the scarf was an afterthought! LOL!
- Finished garment measurements provided allow for a better guess as to right size to make
- #1 dislike - view A presents bra problems. I have a ton of various multi-way bras, I have yet to find one other than a strapless that works well with this pseudo-halter. The problem is the rounded neck piece that slides through the halter portion. Racerbacks pull in too close to the neck, regular bras too far, my halter bra also shows around the upper neck because the neckline opens back up and out. You can adjust the gathers to hide the bra on a racerback but if you move, it slowly makes it's way back out, and you're also constantly fighting it from showing near the neck. This is a huge problem for me as I don't like wearing strapless bras so I'm not seeing getting a whole lot of use out of this top at the moment.
- I really, really don't like their use of narrow edge hems on the armholes on this. I did it on the keyhole portion as instructed, adding Steam-a-Seam to help stabilize it and also to make it easier which worked ok but on the armholes? No way! I ended up turning them under and coverstitching them however if I'd had more fabric (this was a remnant), I would have cut bias strips or even crossgrain strips and bound or faced these instead.
- I don't like the use of the back "facing" piece with the way they have it laid out (crossgrain). This isn't a facing (which might actually work best here), it's really a binding which normally is a good thing with knits. It works, it wants to bow out a tad so wondering if bias cut would help with this but really with the way the back piece feeds into the front band, it's too thick at the joining seam which sits on the mid-shoulder. This causes a bulge there and makes it hard to join the two evenly. This is picky type of feedback I know, but just things that bother me with this. Note they don't show a picture anywhere of this joining seam, and that's because it's hard to make "pretty" and seamless. The back facing wants to make it bulge there and then you turn the other portion which is interfaced towards the back after trimming the seam. It's not bad but not something that lies down well even after tacking, especially when it sits on your shoulder.
- I don't like having to re-adjust this thing after it's washed. The front band twists around quite a bit inside the front pieces. You kind of have to unwind them and flatten them back out, not a big deal just something to note.
A lightweight cotton/lycra Laguna green jersey knit from Fabric.com. This took 3/4 yard out of 58/60" for a size 12.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
- I used Steam-a-Seam on the keyhole slit portion and then sewed over it which helped stabilize it and reduce waviness. I would probably use fusible bias tape next time or coverstitch as it was still a tad wavy.
- I coverstitched my armholes in lieu of the narrow edge hems but would have gladly bound them if I'd had extra fabric.
- I coverstitched the casing and hemline since they recommended a double row of stitching any way
- I did some machine tacking as well as hand tacking of the shoulder seams toward the back since this was thick in places with the back facing piece.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I'm struggling with whether I would make view A again as-is, however I plan on trying out the other two top views. I think view A would work well with poly ITY or rayon jersey, but the narrow edge hem stuff would have to be altered to get a good result. It's a nice looking top but the bra thing really hurts this for me. It makes me wonder if it would be better with just a tie for the halter instead of this circle band thing - maybe I would make it again doing that instead.
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