|First of all, sorry about the mess behind me in the pictures. I didn't realize I had my COAT folded up back there, AND a Menard's sack on the floor. :o(|
Tops A, B and D are slightly fitted through bust, stitched hems. A and B have self-faced collar. C is loose fitting, with a shaped front panel with pocket, raw edge finish. D has a draped front neckline and shaped hem. For moderate stretch knits only, such as jersey, cotton, interlock, sweatshirting. Unsuitable for obvious diagonals.
Front Pattern Envelope
Back Pattern Envelope
Pattern Pieces Drawings
XS to XXL
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, other than my modifications.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like the cowl neckline. I like the fact that both the front and back have a center seam, so it's easy to modify to cut on the bias by just drawing in your bias line on the pattern pieces and cutting accordingly.
The first two are made from some wool-blend, two-sided knit I got from Fabric Mart quite a while back. One side is smooth, and the other side is ribbed (contrasting colors). I used the contrasting color for the cowl.
The third one is made from a brown-black sweater knit that was supposed to be boiled wool, from Denver Fabrics. I wondered why it was such a good price -- ha! It has ribbing on the right side, and I cut the third one on the bias to make use of the ribbed design. It really adds a nice design element.
Showing bias-cut ribbed design on front.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
AS USUAL, I can't just do anything the E-A-S-Y way. Just call me "OTF Nettie." (That's "on the fly" for you non-techies SUCH AS MYSELF, and I just made it up.)
I'm big busted. Not just SLIGHTLY big busted, I mean BIG BUSTED. Not only that, having had a lumpectomy, I'm big busted AND lopsided, so loose-fitting, non-darted tops really don't work for me. I'M WELL AWARE OF THIS. For one thing, they have those God-awful drag lines going from the bust to the side seams, AND if it's too loose, then the whole top will shift over to the bigger side, OKAY?
Nonetheless, I felt the need to whip out the first top with no darts. Then I stood in front of the mirror and scowled at the drag lines (SURPRISE). So, ol' OTF just pinned in the drag lines so they formed a dart of sorts, and I stitched those in. THAT made the back longer than the front, and not in a good way. So THEN I had to run a seam all the way across the back, somewhere around waist height, to take up the slack back there. So this is what the first top ended up looking like after I did that.
First top after drag lines were stitched into darts.
First top from the side, showing how things were cobbled together, after the fact.
Well, so then I took off Top No. 1 (which is really a scary sight) and laid it out underneath my pattern piece to try to figure out how I needed to modify the pattern to add the darts. I just kind of traced over the dart that I had stitched in, and then split my pattern apart like this:
Pattern piece split apart to make the full bust adjustment.
Then I actually added in the extra paper pieces underneath, taped everything down and drew in the darts, like this:
Full Bust Adjustment
THEN I made Top No. 2 (which is the project photo on the review), using the newly modified pattern piece. I like it, but I have a feeling life would have been must easier if I'd just added a dart in the first place. But maybe not, because I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have added THIS particular dart, which I think is a French dart, more or less, which sounds quite posh.
I was really sick of making this top by now, but I went ahead and made a THIRD version out of some sweater knit. I cut this one on the bias. (I think I made these all in the same day, which shows you how QUICKLY this pattern goes together.) I wish the picture had showed up better, because it's really cute, even if I do have to say so myself -- ha! This one is about 29 inches long, back length. Oh, that reminds me, Tops 1 and 2 are about six inches longer than View A on the pattern.
Top 3 out of sweater knit.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I knew I would use this pattern again eventually, which is why I went to the trouble of adding the dart and trying to get the fit perfected as much as possible. I don't know if you noticed on the picture of the pattern pieces, but the cowl neck piece isn't just a long rectangle. It actually has some shape to it at the sides, and this is what makes the collar lay ("lie" or "lay," I can never remember) so nicely, I think.
Cute top with lots of options, and VERY quick to make.