|Pattern Description: |
Women's knit tops with forward shoulder seam, banded surplice neckline, sleeveless or with ¾ sleeve. View A has a neckband that goes all round and view B has a mandarin collar and banded neckline
Multisize girl to woman. Sizing seemed true. I liked that hip was a little bigger than in some patterns so I didn't need to have greater hip allowance for my slight pear shape.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
I struggled a bit - as a beginner I hadn't carried out some of the steps before and really needed my hand held a bit more! Though after I had worked out the step, the pictures giving instructions were clear. I thought I had got it wrong when my band seemed very short but read another review, trusted pattern and it came out fine.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I think the pattern markings were good. Because of the pattern being on heavy paper, I had to trace my size onto pattern paper - unfortunately, my paper was a little difficult to work with as it was too thick and rather shiny.
I think it's a polyester knit - an unnamed 4 way stretch knit bought to practice with. The fabric was a little thin and with only being a 1/4 inch seam, which I had never worked with before, found that the seam kept getting caught in the feed dog. I also found it difficult to cut out.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
As I had never sewn a Jalie pattern before, I made a sleeveless view A as given to consider modifying for a future try.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Now that I have worked out what to do and how to do it better, yes I would sew again - I plan a sleeved version B - and would recommend to others. I will tweak fit a bit before trying next version. I'm attracted to crossover and knot tops but, to be honest, I'm not sure they're for me.
A lot of the problems I had sewing this top were due to my inexperience rather than any problems with the pattern. I learned some new techniques - sewed a 1/4 inch seam for first time, first surplice band, first time used overlocker on a knit (and loved it once I got idea), first time I've used twin needle on sewing machine (for topstitching hem and armholes). The top isn't perfect - I'm not sure how to finish the hem and armholes properly, though I followed instruction best I could - should I have overlocked edge? Is this where people refer to a coverstitcher? However, this is my first wearable garment and I'm quite pleased with it. I could improve lie by going onto fixing band crossover with stitch in the ditch, an optional step, but will leave that for another time I think!