|Pattern Description: Semi-fitted asymmetrical pullover tops A, B, C. A: contrast neck and armhole bands. B: neck band and unfinished three-quarter length sleeves. Wrong side of fabric will show on all bands. C: cowl “twisted” collar and long sleeves.|
Pattern Sizing:Misses 8-22; I believe I cut a 16.
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.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like the unusual collar variations. I don't love the asymmetrical hem (I refer to it as that thing hanging down), but that's just my personal preference. Actually, I tried on one version that a friend had made and think I'll make the extended hem on the next one I make.
Fabric Used: A cotton-Lycra blend, very lightweight, almost tissue weight. Lovely for summer. From Waechter's Fine Fabrics in Asheville, NC. Out of stock.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: The fabric I chose is printed on one side. On my version #2, when I tried to make the extended hem on a similar fabric, I learned I don't like the unprinted side showing. This collar treatment on views A and B is designed so that the wrong side of the fabric shows.
I wanted the twisted collar, but didn't want the wrong side, so I pondered for about five days. What I ended up doing was cutting two bands and layering them wrong sides together. That way, when I twisted the collar band, I still had the printed side showing. It was tough to do, as that collar band ended up being double the weight of the rest of the top. And keeping the two bands together for turning and stitching was tricky. I guess I could have basted them together before sewing, but I didn't. When I finished the collar band, I was frustrated with the trickiness, so decided to just put a flat band on the armholes. It's okay, but—after several wearings and many compliments—I really do love the look of that twisted collar. So my next version will be a fabric that's solid color or somehow printed on the back side. (Oooh, an opportunity for screen printing or stenciling on the wrong side!)
I'm dissatisfied with the way I turn corners on double needle hems. That's a challenge I'll be working on for a while until I come up with a better technique.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? This is my fourth! 'Nuff said?
Conclusion: Lovely, flattering, summery top. One of my favorites to sew. You'll be seeing more of these on my blog.