|Pattern Description: |
Loose-fitting, wrap top has front extending into collar and attached tie ends. Choice of sleeveless, or 3/4 sleeves with length variation.
Misses XS-XXL (4-26). I made an M (12-14)
Suggested fabrics are brocade, poplin, and crepe.
I used a cotton poplin from Fabric Mart.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
The view A sleeveless version has a self-faced collar, but the other two views have a single layer collar with bound edges, so that the wrong side shows. I used the two-sided collar from view A, but with the sleeves from view B, and omitted the binding in favor of narrow hems.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
This is a mostly easy pattern, and the instructions are quite basic. However, there are a few tricky things that are not described well in the instructions. For instance, the sleeve design is unusual, kind of a hybrid between set-in and raglan sleeves. The upper point of the sleeve on the shoulder has a dart, so that the top of the sleeve forms a sharp point that has to be carefully set into the armscye. The directions on doing this are very sparse, which might be hard for a beginner (and this is rated a "very easy" pattern).
There is also a point where the collar is attached to the back neck where the instructions repeat the exact same steps for view A and views B/C without specifying why the different views should be treated differently or in what way.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like the wide collar, and the tie closure seems to work well without gaping - but I haven't worn this all day yet.
One thing I want to note is that the pattern envelope drawing is a little misleading - it uses a print fabric for view B. The nature of print fabrics is that the design is "printed" on one side only, so that the back of the fabric is almost always noticeably of lower quality. View B and C will show the wrong side of the fabric on the large collars - this is rarely going to work out for a print. One option is to do what I did, and use the facing piece from view A.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
This was actually a test run of this pattern, I am interested in making view A in some brocade fabric (there is a photo on the website of view A made up in brocade that looks nice).