|Colette Patterns: 1018 (Jasmine) - Type:Tops |
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|Posted on:||7/21/13 4:31 PM |
Colette Patterns Pattern Info
|Pattern Rating:||Recommend, with Modifications |
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|Available for sale on PR: $16.00 (See envelope) |
|Fabric:||Cotton- Lawn [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|Pattern Description: Lovely figure-skimming top with no closures, due to the flattering bias cut. This blouse is shaped with bust darts and center seams that gently hug the body. Version 1 has a long collar that can be tied in a bow and elbow length sleeves gathered to a cuff. Version 2 has a shorter contrast collar and a notched cuff.|
Pattern Sizing:0-18 I made a version 1 size 2/4
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?pretty well written; however,I think since it is labeled for a beginner it could have had some more elaboration on the collar and facing sections specifically regarding grading the seam allowances.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like that there is no closure and the flattering bias cut. I also like that it is pretty versatile. Can be worn with jeans or dressed up for work or a date night. I did not particularly like how the collar facing lies when complete. I found this to be the trickiest part of the garment construction. I read some more reviews to see if others had this problem and it looks like there is a contingency of folks who used bias tape for this part instead of facing. I think I will try this next time.
Fabric Used:black cotton lawn
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:I read the reviews on this so I knew the arm band would be tight so I graded my sleeve from at size 4 to a 6 and then cut the band at size six. This was not enough. I ended up using the very smallest SA and the bands are still a tad too tight. Not bad but tight enough to notice them throughout the day and I find that a bit annoying. I would definitely make the cuff at least a 1/2 inch wider next time. Also, I lengthened the sleeve by an inch but will probably do 2 or 2 1/2 inches next time. I cut the shirt at a 2 for the neck and shoulders and cut a 4 for armhole and below waste. I will probably lengthen the next one by an inch or two as it shows my belly a but if I raise my hands up.
Also, I made a muslin and decided to move the bust dart down 1/4 inch but it looks like I should have moved it down 3/8inch because it is still too high. Argh! I hate when I don't get all the kinks ironed out at the muslin phase.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I definitely plan on sewing it again but making some changes listed above. I would like to try version 2 in a two tone style
Conclusion: I think it is great once you get the fit where you want it. It is defiantly a great addition to a wardrobe. I am glad mine is black because it helps hide some of the imperfections (ie- too high bust darts and collar issues). ;)
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