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Free, downloadable pattern for a two-piece sleeveless top (can be easily converted to a dress by adding length) with a "keyhole" front opening.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? I would not say exactly due to my modifications and varying choices of fabric.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
No instructions are included, just the 12 pattern sheets (PDF format) to be taped together.
In order for the pattern sheets to print out, instead of a miniature version of the pattern on one 8 1/2" by 11" sheet, I selected the "poster" option.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like the simplicity and versatility of the pattern. It provides a nice silhouette that flares out gradually at the sides. However, I had to take in the lower portion by a tad, below my hips, to reduce the sideways extension.
Back of second version
The keyhole "cutout" came out surprisingly larger (as evident in first top in the leopard print using the given cutting lines. The size of the cutout was not flattering on me, emphasizing my bust. After my efforts in stitching a tiny top-stitched hem, I obtained what I call a lopsided and "wavy" ellipse. One tug below the bust can be quite a revelation...
Even Helmut Lang's "Gala Knit" aline dress has an asymmetrical cutout...
So for the third version, I cut a much smaller "ellipse" or "oval" because I was not thrilled about the original size (less flattering on me) of it on the leopard printed knit. Top-stitching is not enough, there should be a better way to "bind" the edges to prevent gaposis.
The first and third versions of this top were sewn with fabric remnants of previous projects.
First version: matte jersey from a knit dress in my previous review.
Second version (cut on the bias): A colorful charmeuse or satiny and slightly slippery type of polyester designed by "Suede Says"
Third version (cut on the bias to strategically get the pattern pieces to fit): A stretch cotton that was used in a Simplicity cropped jacket and a Vogue 8815 peplum top.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
*For all three tops, I used my typical 3/4" petite adjustment at the waistline.
*For the first and second tops, the leopard printed knit and the "psychadelic" satiny polyester, I lowered the neckline 1/4" and realized later that I would have to deduct from the width as well to prevent the neckline from drooping forward. I decided to keep the neckline intact as I did in my third or "botanically printed" version, which worked fine.
*For my second top, I omitted the keyhole front.
* I bound the edges with 3 bias strips (bands) that were cut from the same fabric with a 1 1/4" in width, so that one that will be long enough to encircle the neckline, and two will be long enough to encircle each of the armscyes. While stretching the bias strip a little, I pinned the "right" or visible side of each strip to the inside along the corresponding edge.
* After the stitching the right side of one strip to the inside, approximately 3/8" from the edge of the neckline or an armscye, stopping a few stitches before and after a reference point (such as the center back of the neckline and the upper part of the side seam for the armscye), I stitched the seam of the "band", trimmed the excess length, and resumed stitching the rest of the "band" to the edge of the neckline or the armscye.
*I turned the strip to the outside, tucked under the raw edge just above the seam allowance, folded and pressed down to the desired width of the "band" so that it covers the seam stitches. Then I top-stitched near the edge of the folded edge of the "band".
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Since I sewed already 3 versions, it is time to try other patterns from my stash.
Convenient pattern to use with fabric remnants that are at least 3/4 yard. You could even squeeze a top from slightly less material depending on your pattern placement.
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