|Pattern Description: |
FROM THE ENVELOPE: This pattern is our best basic for anyone and everyone. This is the classic t-shirt, the classic cardigan, and the classic shell. Made only for knits. This pattern has a french dart in the front and fits beautifully on all figure types
Multi sizes, 1-4, and 5w to 28w, in cup sizes A-D
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
No. I used different fabric than the photo, and because I didn't have quite enough, had to modify the pattern to make half-length sleeves. I also did a few tricks with the neckline.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Very much so, but then, I've worked with this pattern before. Silhouette doesn't give directions on how to finish the neckline, but that might be a good thing because it forces the sewist to choose. But sometimes a newbie might not know how to do that. I found a hard copy tutorial on a picot edge neckline, and used that. I wish I had printed the URL at the bottom of the page so I could share it here, but I didn't.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
What I like most is how quick this pattern is to sew. Less than an hour and you are on your way out the door.
One yard of a lemon slinky knit I bought from a fellow PR member. When she had it for sale and I saw the photo, I knew I just had to have it. It wasn't quite enough for long sleeves, but that was okay.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I adjusted for my high round back, (3/4"), my forward shoulders (5/8"), my rolled right shoulder (5/8" removed from right armscye seam allowance). I also slashed from the hemline up to the armscye and made the bottom hem area larger, because I wanted the top to softly fall down my hips, rather than sit on them. Because I didn't have quite enough fabric, I managed to slip by and make the shorter sleeves. The pattern top is actually sleeveless, with the cardigan having sleeves. The pattern doesn't give fabric requirements for each piece--just a total for both. I really like this length.
Because Silhouette doesn't give you directions on how to finish the neckline, it's left up to you to decide how you want it done. Do you want it just turned under? Do you want it serged with decorative thread? What I did was create picot edging Click Here to stitch around the neck, using the blind hem stitch on my sewing machine. I don't have the URL for the hard copy, but it was from Australian Stitches, and it was quick and very pretty; the knit scalloped nicely. But a mistake was to reinforce the neck edge with twill tape (I used old cotton selveges), and that made the neckline a little too bulky for my tastes. But the OVERALL effect is fantastic!
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Oh yes. I love this pattern. I staple little pieces of fabric to the outside envelope to remind me what I've sewn with it and now I'm up to eight. In fact, I have made several of these tops, and have posted photos
Door No. 2
Door No. 3
Door No. 4
I understand there are some people here on PR who don't like either this pattern or Peggy Sagers. But I must say, I really like her style, especially with her convincing me that French darts are a good thing in knit tops. I really love the fit the dart gives me and the top makes me look more youthful.
Also, more to the story...I broke the wrist of my dominant hand this summer, and in the middle of the vegetable gardening. This top, and all the changes, etc., were done with that broken wrist--hard cast and all. Only recently did it come off and in good time, too!
Thank goodness for rotary cutters, the fabric weights I got from a fellow PR member SEE PHOTO HERE (Thanks, Jane!), a sewing machine with a large harp, and a lot of time and patience to do this.