|Pattern Description: |
A pullover top with a split draped back and small cap sleeves that have a lovely innovative twist band.
This top, as modelled on the pattern envelope appeared to have quite a bit of ease, so I went down a size to XS. Once traced, the bodice still looked to be quite large when compared against my TNT knit block, and with further adjustments the finished size is probably closer to an XXS. The smallest envelope size is XS.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, although a closer fit and less droopy than the modelled top.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
I only used them to check the method for creating the twisted sleeve band, and this was fine.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Both tops in this pattern have received positive reviews which is reassuring since Vogue's model photos are not so flattering, versus PattyE's lovely top which was my inspiration.
A striped marino wool knit from The Fabric Store.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
The top started out as XS with a 1.5 cm square shoulder adjustment (squared back towards the neckline, which is the opposite to my usual adjustment of squaring up at the shoulder edge). This method reduced the neckline depth without affecting the armscye. After comaring the pattern pieces against my TNT knit block, I also significantly shortened the shoulder width and took in the side seams. The final result being a generally more fitted silhouette.
Once sewn, the top still seemed a bit loose around the hemline and the a-line side seam, while fine, didn't really suit my figure. The final, on-the-fly-adjustment was to straighten the side seams, reducing the curve by 2.5cm at the hem edge on all 4 seams. I'll mark this line on the pattern and check it when I make the next top, as some of the extra ease could have come from the stretch in the ribbed knit.
This is not a complex top to sew, yet it is different enough to be interesting.
Front layered over an old J Stern Tee from 2009
Twisted sleeve band
Back showing split and draped lower section
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Most definitely, just check the fit first.
This is such a useful layering top. My version is quite a bit more fitted than the Vogue model's top, which I prefer, yet still comfortably loose. Rather than the "flesh will show" option, my plan is to wear this as a layering top for extra warmth in the evenings, over a lightweight knit top. However, a breezy summer version is on the cards.