|Pattern Description: Loose fitting top, has pleats at the front neckline and sleeve variation. I made the view with short sleeves.|
Pattern Sizing: I had the envelope with sizes between 14-20. I thought the size range was perfect for me, as I am a 14 at bust. But after measuring the pattern pieces I realised I needed a 12 so I had to grade down the pattern using my imagination, because I didn't have a guiding line for size 12.
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? Yes, they were clear and detailed.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I liked the pleats, and the fact that the neckline isn't too low.
I didn't like that the pattern had too much ease and I had to grade down not being sure if I was doing it correctly.
Fabric Used: Jersey.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: As other reviewers said, the neckline facing flips out, so I followed their advice to sew it to the pleats on the wrong side. But instead of stitching it in the ditch by machine, I sewed it by hand because I was affraid I would pierce my fabric if I made one more seam at the tucks. And I also like that, this way, the seam is not visible on the right side of the top.
- After going down one size all over, I ended up taking in some more at the side seams below the waist, for a more fitted look.
- I finished the back neckline using bias tape instead of folding the seam allowance twice as per the instructions, as I like better how this finish looks, and I think it gives a more stable neckline.
- I made two tops, one of which is 8 cm shorter at hem, to be able to wear it with flared skirts.
Here is a comparison between the two tops, side by side.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I would sew it again, it is a lovely top, and I recommend it to others.
Conclusion: Nice top with an interesting neckline detail, simple and quick to make!