Pattern Description: Top with neckline variations. Sleeves and hem are banded.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?Pretty much. I made view A with the 3/4 sleeve from View C, due to limited amount of fabric.
Were the instructions easy to follow?Yes. Very concise.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?I like the fit and shape of this pattern. Also, I like the bands on the bottom of the shirt and the sleeves.
However, I was a bit surprised that the neckband pattern piece is the exact measurement of the neckline! So I ignored that piece of the pattern and cut my own band, using Linda Lee's formula from her Craftsy course on sewing with knits. She instructs you to measure the pattern front and back pieces on the stitching line, subtracting the seam allowances. Double this measuremeant and then multiply times 7/8 for the band length. In this case, my band was 2" shorter than the neckline. It hugs nicely with no puckers and no gaping. I used the quarter-pinning method of attaching the neckband, which is fool-proof!
I had only 1 1/2 yards of 45" wide fabric and was concerned that I wouldn't have enough. The fabric requirements on the envelope are very generous and I had more than enough.
Fabric Used:a St. John's knit from EmmaOneSock. It is a black knit with metallic silver stripes. It has more sparkle in real life than in this picture!
Sewaholic recommends using a stable knit. This knit was anything BUT stable with lots of stretch in all directions but it worked out.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:I lengthened the front and back by 1 1/4". I also elected to cut my stripes for the bands vertically so that that design detail would show up.
I used fusible lycra stay tape to stabilize the shoulders and the neck edges.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?Absolutely on both counts.