|This bicycling/running top is my first completed entry for the 2013 UFO Contest. It languished unfinished for many years, with the shoulder seams, side seams, and bottom hem completed. This month I finally finished the neckline and armholes. You know how it is, you start a project that is supposed to be easy, then there is a delay, the project is shelved, then new projects come along. Before you know it, years have gone by. This Contest provided just the right motivation.|
Per the Contest Rules, this project earns 2 points for the point system of the Contest- "less than half the project is left to do, but it is more than just hemming or attaching buttons".
Before: Unfinished Pic
Misses long sleeve and short sleeve close-fitting tops designed for stretch knits only with 50% stretch across the grain. Turtleneck, mock turtleneck, and crew neck options. Suggested fabrics are knits with spandex-lycra, cotton-lycra, stretch velvet, panne, stretch lace.
Misses XS-XL (Bust 31.5 - 45 inches).
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, in the basic silhouette, since my top is sleeveless.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, these are good Kwik Sew instructions from the Kerstin Martensson era.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I've used this pattern more than a dozen times over the years and I like that it's a basic, long t-shirt pattern that can be easily adapted to different styles. Depending on the stretch of your fabric, just size up or down a bit, though I would only use very stretchy knits for a turtleneck.
Wicking polyester in safety yellow. This fabric doesn't have much stretch and that's what caused the top to be put on hold- I couldn't decide how to finish the neckline and armholes. The bottom hem was already finished with a twin needle several YEARS ago.
Over the years, I've made these tops with lightweight Coolmax Lycra stretch, Coolmax, MicroPowerstretch, Cotton Lycra, Tencel Lycra, and Slinky Knit acetate Lycra.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I made this top sleeveless and finished the edges with white Supplex Nylon Lycra 4-way stretch knit from stash. Yesterday I trimmed extra fabric away from the armholes and neckline of the top, cut strips of lycra 2" wide by 80% of the length of the openings + Seam Allowance, serged the strips into tubes, folded them in half, and serged them on to the raw edges with a 3-thread overlock stitch. Easy and now I have a very functional new top that I already wore for a workout this afternoon. I like how the white trim breaks up the boldness of the safety yellow color.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes, I'll likely use this basic pattern again and again.
Great basic pattern.