|Pattern Description: The Misses' Tops & Skirts are designed for lightweight woven fabrics. We suggest silk, charmeuse, satin, voile, georgette, challis. The Overskirt for View A can also be done in sheer fabrics.|
Misses' wrap tops and pull-on skirts. The bias-cut tops have ties extending from the fronts and tie on the left side. The outer edges are finished with narrow hems. The View A top has three-quarter length dolman sleeves. View B has cap sleeves.
Close up Front
Why I chose this pattern: A GREAT friend gave me some gorgeous silk she bought in Japan years ago. This silk is beautiful and I thought this style of top would be ideal due to the simplicity. I was also hoping that if I made this style, we would be able to share the top with her as we're similar, although not exact in size. Unfortunately, I had to lengthen the pattern quite a bit and the piece of silk I have isn't quite big enough. It would have been a close squeeze even without the additional length. I'll keep searching for the perfect pattern. If you have any suggestions, please leave a comment. I have about a yard and 3/4 and it's about 45" wide.
I also haven't done much with bias and thought this would be a good little project to practice on.
Pattern Sizing:XS - S - M - L - XL I made an xs at the shoulders/bust, and then sized out to about half way between a small and medium for the hips.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?Yes
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, this is a super simple top...except it is cut on the bias.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?I like the style and there are only 5 seams!!! I spent far more time tracing, adjusting the pattern, and getting my narrow hem to work right than I did actually sewing this top. I LOVE the narrow hem finish. I debated different methods and made up some samples. I finally decided on my Singer 5 Thread Serger/Coverstitch narrow hem. It worked perfectly. I didn't want the ripply effect, so I was careful to feed it through the machine without stretching, and I pressed out any minor ripples that did form.
Fabric Used: I settled on some satin backed crepe that I had in the stash. Overall, the fabric works well for this top. My only quibble is that you can see the lace on my bra through the top. Beige and white bra It's been on my list to make just a plain beige bra for awhile now, I think I need to get on it. I won't be wearing this top out of the house until I have one.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Based on the previous reviews, I knew this top would be way too short on me straight out of the package. I lengthened it 2.5 inches in my muslin. The pattern has a zig zagged lengthen/shorten line, and I liked that. I tried to lengthen some other top like this and had issues b/c I just drew a straight line across the pattern... and then couldn't figure out what to do because true-ing it up became a nightmare...zig zags are the answer and I found it an eye opener. The length I added was good, but I needed to add more at the hips since I had added all that length and it was now ending at a wider part of my hips, so when I cut it out of the fabric, I added about a centimeter to each lower side seam. That worked perfectly. I'd say the muslin was key in this project.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, I might sew it again and yes I'd recommend it. I am disappointed that it won't work for my prize silk, but I'm sure something else will come along.
Conclusion: Cute little top...check the length and circumference before you cut into your good fabric.