|Pattern Description: Misses’ pullover tops have round necklines with or without collar, back button and loop closure and can be made sleeveless or with long, short or flutter sleeves. A, C elastic waist forming a blouson; E, F have an easy swing shape.|
Pattern Sizing: 12-14-16-18-20
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Pretty much, albeit looser as I added width to the sides.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, although this was my third make of this pattern, so I pretty much knew the drill by this point.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? Obviously, I like this pattern a lot! It offers a lot of options and room for creativity, plus a nice fit.
Fabric Used: Cotton lawn
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I did French seams on the sides and at the back as my fabric was sheer. Plus, my husband and I had watched "The Great British Sewing Bee," and someone on there used French seams, and husband wanted to know if I'd ever tried them, so that became a challenge to take on. (Although it wasn't that difficult--but don't tell him that!). I also made my own bias tape from leftover fabric, which was much easier than I thought it would be.
I omitted the back loop/button closure as I didn't need it. I kept the back seam, but I don't think it's a necessity, as it doesn't seem to affect the fit. I did add three buttons to the front, because it seemed like it needed some sort of adornment.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? This is my third go-round, so I'm moving on to other patterns, but I have a feeling this one will call me again sometime. I'd recommend it, definitely.
Conclusion: This was the first version of 1693 on which I did not add the waistline casing, and I kinda wish I had, as it's more flattering. However, omitting it has enabled me to wear this loose and comfortable on super hot days; when I want to look more polished, I use a skinny black belt or ribbon (as shown in the photo), and that works well, so it's nice to have both options.
Comfy version here