|Pattern Description: This is a great style of top that will quickly become a staple in your wardrobe and is very easy to sew! One pattern offers many design options including: 3 different collars offer 4 different looks; sleeve options include short, three quarter, or long sleeve; 2 ruching options for the body. This pattern is designed for medium stretch fabrics.|
I used three quarter length sleeves and chose to ruche both the sleeves and both sides of the body.
Pattern Sizing: XXS-XL
I made the small.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, although my collar does not seem as wide.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, the instructions are excellent. They arrive in a little coil booklet which can rest open on the table whilst working.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like that there are so many options: to ruche or not to ruche, sleeve lengths, collar options.
Fabric Used: I used a stretch poly knit from Fabric Mart, not so comfortable to fit in the current humidity!
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I used the petite adjustment lines in the pattern, which I probably will not do in future. The ruching makes the top much shorter. I initially did the gathering as instructed on the body, from 2" below the armhole to the hem, but it was way too short so I decided to ruche between the notches instead. This worked out well, although I still did not manage to perfectly square the hem as illustrated in the pattern. This is why I would not "petite" the pattern in future. I also find the collar a bit narrow; it does not drape far enough to hide the neckline seam. In future, I will cut two and attach them to achieve the desired width. This top fits very closely! I made the small, which fit perfectly everywhere except the bust. Without the ruching, the focus was entirely on the bust. I think I will try the medium at the bust, as shoulders, waist and hips fit well. In this top, I stitched a parallel seam in the seam allowances to give more room to the bust area. The pattern seam allowances are half an inch, so I think I probably widened by about a quarter inch, maybe 3/8.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I will absolutely sew this again. It is a great casual top and very quick and easy to make. The key here is casual: I've amassed a number of knit fabrics this summer, but not all are suitable for this top. I definitely recommend it to others!
Conclusion: The Ruched T is a terrific pattern. Angela Wolf has clearly put a lot of thought into her pattern and is very thorough in her instructions and drafting. There are many possible looks from very few pattern pieces (four in all: front, back, collar option, sleeve option) making this a very worthwhile pattern to add to the stash.
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