|Continuing on with my striped fabric projects……..|
This was the first project that I completed in June at my annual sewing retreat at Lake Tahoe which turned out to be a wonderful week as always with lovely weather, beautiful lake views and unlimited sewing among a group of “sew happy” ladies. Due to a few openings, we were joined this year by CynthiaSue, who at the last minute was able to get it all together to attend the retreat.
b>Pattern Description: .
Multi-pieced pullover tops A,B have pleated sleeves with sleeve bands. A: option for using variations of directions in stripes. B: contrast middle front and lower sides.
All sizes in one envelope.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, for view A. This is an interesting pattern with many design details. Sleeve pleats, shoulder band extending from one arm to the other. Sectional pieces with pivot points.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
I found the instructions clear and easy to follow even though there were many steps.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Well, I liked the multi-pieced style for directional use of stripes.
Rayon lycra knit from Marcy Tilton’s website. (I still have more colors in my stash – Oh dear, more striped garments to come!
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I was surprised after cutting out the smallest size that at the shoulder area, I needed to remove about ¾ “ from the top front sides. Luckily I was able to slip the upper corner portions into the top shoulder band to remove the excess. It looked like points extending forward most likely due to my small shoulder girth. Phew, glad that was easily fixed!
I decided to use a narrower band for the sleeve cuff and without contrasting the stripe direction. I think I reached the breaking point for use of stripes in one piece. Also, this decision was made after I pinned the original larger band on and felt overwhelmed with too many stripes. I do like the look on the original design, but just changed my mind on that part.
Regarding stripes, however, I did decide to model the top with this "striped skirt". Does that work??? My husband said it looked very nice! I went back through my reviews looking for my post, but I discovered that I had never reviewed it. It is Marcy Tilton's Vogue 8561 which I see is now out of print.
Top and Skirt side
Top and Skirt side back
Back view - close
If there are too many stripes in one outfit, one can always count on jeans.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
No, sewing it once is enough for this distinctive style, although it would be really neat in a solid color to showcase the design lines. Yes, I would recommend it; except it is OOP. If you would like to have it, you’ll need to hunt a little extra for it.
It was so nice to finally work on this pattern, even though it is now OOP. Also it was great fun to sew it at Lake Tahoe. It holds nice memories of getting acquainted with Cindy. She suggested we take a “twin stripe top” picture as she sewed a striped top too. Her fabric was a yummy knit that felt like butter! Cindy and me. I may have looked pretty worn out after hours of sewing; but no doubt it is obvious we were having fun!