|Pattern Description: Knit top with french darts, twisted cowl top. |
Pattern Sizing:Size 1-4, I cut a size 3 with the C-cup top, with the french darts it fit perfectly before I machine washed the fabric and stretched my top out of shape! (For reference purposes, since I think the Silhouette sizing is confusing to figure out at first, I am 34" under my arms @ the high bust, and 36" at the full bust.)
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?Yes! Love this look!
Top Pictures (You can scroll through to see the front, side and "boxy back" views!)
Were the instructions easy to follow? Extremely, great illustrations and not a lot of writing.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?I absolutely love the look of this top - it's casual enough for everyday, but a little bit dressier than your typical knock-around tee.
Fabric Used:100% Rayon Jersey from Joann's clearance rack: Fabric Used I'm not sure if it was a poor quality fabric, or if all rayon jersey behaves this way? I machine washed and dried the fabric once before sewing, but each time I wash this top it gets shorter and wider. (I know it says hand wash, but I machine wash almost everything and take my chances.) By the time I got around to taking pictures, the top is much boxier than when I began wearing it. Guess I'll be handwashing this one from here on out!
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Per the reviews posted before I made this, I cut the center front neckline 2" higher, and shortened the cowl 1.5" in length. Not sure if it would really be necessary to shorten the cowl since it's gathered onto the body anyways. I did sew clear elastic into the neck seam when attaching the cowl, I'd highly recommend doing that as the neck area has a lot of fabric and is quite heavy, even with this lightweight knit. I also cut the body of the tee 3" longer, I like my tops to cover my waistband when I move. When sewing the cowl on, I sewed it to the WRONG side of the body, and then flipped it to the outside of the shirt: Under Collar Seam . That gives a really nice finished appearance to the inside of the shirt, as you can see here: Collar View
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?I would definitely recommend, but for sure would recommend raising the front neckline, and sewing the collar to the inside and flipping like others have mentioned. One other thing I noticed after it was done, the upper arms are tight on my biceps. Not sure if that is just me (I'm a fan of pushups at the gym!), or if the sleeves run slightly small. My bicep measures 11.75; I just measured the pattern piece at the bicep, and it's about 11" there, which explains why the sleeves feel tight to me.
Conclusion: Great pattern with modifications.