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|StyleArc: May (May Knit Top) - Type:Tops |
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|Fabric:||Rayon Jersey [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|Pattern Description: This is a V-neck top with a banded overlapping neckline and a gathered front, Elbow length sleeves. I got the pattern as a freebie with another order in May. |
Pattern Sizing: Single size only. I used size 14 for my shoulder fit and did an FBA but adding 1 inch to each side, angling up to nothing at shoulder and midriff.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Not exactly, the sleeve length is shorter than the pattern pic, falling several inches above elbow. The picture shows it below the elbow. Also, the gathered seam hits me higher on the bust--this is my fault for not adding some length to the torso.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes. There is only one trick to this pattern--the gathered seam at front. There is a wide V-neck front piece that is cut and then is horizontally slashed. The bottom is gathered and the upper V sides overlapped and all is seamed together, almost like a dart--going from nothing to a 1/4 inch seam and back to nothing. I hand basted and then machine basted to make sure I got this right. This came out well.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like the shoulder and arm fit. I need to add 1 inch in length above the bust--I have a low bustline and should have done this as part of the FBA. (Most people probably won't need this.) The rayon jersey I used for this is very difficult to cut and one thing I like about the pattern is that the pattern pieces are full size. This meant that I could cut out the fabric in a single layer, rather than folding it, very helpful for this flimsy material which is virtually impossible to fold smoothly. Other than the gathered seam, this is easy pattern and can be done quickly on a serger. Even with hand basting the gathered fronts and sleeves, this took just about an hour or two to sew.
Seams are 1/4 inch, no room for error here.
Fabric Used: A rayon jersey from FashionFabricClub in sapphire blue. Nice color, but solid color tees are more difficult because all errors are evident. I bought the fabric to coordinate with a skirt I made. This fabric is a b*$%h to cut and sew because it is thin, drapey and rolls. Soft and comfortable to wear though. I pre-washed it and it does fine in the washer/dryer.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: As described above, I did an FBA at the side seams but forgot to lower the bust too. I stabilized the shoulder and neck with fusible tape. I topstitched the band with a narrow zigzag and hemmed sleeves and bottom with the same zigzag.
In the future, I'll lengthen the sleeve about 4 inches to hit below elbow.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Maybe in a print.
Conclusion: This is a V neck top with an interesting gathered front feature.
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