|Maria Denmark: 103 (Day-to-Night Drape Top) - Type:Tops |
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Maria Denmark Pattern Info
|Pattern Rating:||Highly Recommend |
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|Fabric:||ITY Jersey [See other projects in this fabric]|
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First version lengthened to a dress
Second version as a top
Third version as a top
All three versions
"This sleeveless top has a drape front neckline which drapes elegantly at the front, making this top perfect for a dinner out or for clubbing all night long! But as well as being great for night time, this top is elegant and great for daytime at the office. ... Make it in a soft rayon jersey in a color that suits you well for an elegant look or make it in a fun print or a shiny fabric for a night on the town. The back neckline and armholes can either be finished with Fold Over Elastic or invisible elastic."
XS-4XL. I sewed a "M" at the shoulders and arms, tapering to a "L" at the hips. The pattern does not include seam allowances.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes.
Calvin Klein's draped top with hexagonal print
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, especially in the instructions for (1) pattern cutting and assembling the pieces, for (2) attaching the fold-over and the invisible elastic to finish the neckline and armscyes and (3) sewing the shoulder seams showing the placement of the front facing folded "behind" the back piece. I like Maria's use of photos of the actual construction of the top.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I can only rave about the ease of construction (only two main pattern pieces, front with draped facing and back formed by only 8 sheets (2 x 4) of the printed pattern taped together) and the "instant" chic of this top. Draped necklines are here to stay. In terms of the fit, it is one of the most figure flattering tops that I have made.
First version (dress): Matte jersey from fabricmart.com I was able to extract a dress from this pattern and a sleeveless top (from a "retro" pattern) using 2 yards of this fabric.
Second version (top): Silk twill from gorgeousfabrics.com
Third version (top): Silk with "Cavalli" signature, from EOS
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
*I lengthened the top to a dress.
*The back was narrow enough for me to omit my usual modification in the upper back.
*Instead of using foldover or invisible elastic, I cut a rectangular strip of the same fabric that is 1 1/2" wide and 9 1/4" long to bind the armscyes. The length might change depending on the type of knit you use. For the back of the neckline, I was able to top-stitch a 3/8" wide hem.
* I cut the fabric along the bias. I attached a band along the lower edge (after removing 1 1/2" from the edge of the blouse)
*I used bias strips cut from the same fabric to bind the neck and armscyes. The method I used is identical to the one used in a review (just before this one) of three tops from another downloadable pattern.
Finished edges of neckine and an armscye.
*I sewed the sides in French seams.
For all versions:
*I made my usual petite adjustment of 3/4" at the waistline.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes, another one awaits and I highly recommend it all levels of sewists, especially to those who are new with knits.
This is one of the easiest two-pieced patterns to sew! Maria did a wonderful job of drafting this pattern.
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