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|StyleArc: Tootsie Knit Top (Tootsie Knit Top) - Type:Tops |
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|Posted on:||10/28/13 6:48 PM |
|Last Updated:||10/28/13 6:50 PM|
|Pattern Size:||Plus-Sized Regular |
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|Fabric:||Rayon-Lycra Knit [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|Pattern Description: This top is all the rage at the moment. Make a statement by using a striped fabric. For a more understated but fashionable look sew it in plain or a mix it up colours for your own individual style.|
The back length for size 8 was about 24".
This is the free Style Arc pattern for October 2013.
Pattern Sizing:4-30. I made an 8.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? I thought the technical drawing was very correct as to proportions and the deepness of the V neckline.
Were the instructions easy to follow? I didn't look at the written ones too much, but the diagram was very helpful. As long as you lay out your pieces just as shown in the diagram you should have little trouble putting it together.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Likes: I think it helps flatter my smaller bust, and it goes well with the Leah Lounge pants I'm wearing with it in the photo. I like the deepness of the V - not too high and not so low that I would have issues with gaping. I thought the fit was good, not too tight, not too loose. The ease was perfect considering that lightweight, slightly drapey knits (like slinky) are recommended. I also like how they have the orientation on the pattern marked for use with stripes as well as solid fabrics.
Dislikes: Perhaps I misunderstood the instructions, but it looked like they wanted you to do a back neckline band instead of bind? Anyway IMO this is a sloppy finish. I bound the neckline, folding over the binding after stitching the shoulder seam, and it is IMO a much neater finish. You can scroll down to the bottom of my blog post (link in Conclusion) if you want to see some photos of how my back neck treatment looks.
Also, if you have a coverstitch/serger combo machine you're going to spend a lot of time switching back and forth!
Fabric Used:Rayon/lycra jersey (Fabric Mart)
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
My fitting changes were:
- Added 1/2" to each side seam at the hem
- Shortened it about 3/4"
- Lengthened the sleeves 1"
- 3/8" broad back alteration
- 3/8" narrow shoulder alteration
- Added 3/8" to the front sleevecap
One thing you have to be careful of is that if you are adding/removing from the hip, make sure you apply the same changes to the tucks! I didn't and had to recut a couple of pieces because the tuck was too short.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I would sew it again, but out of a solid and do the contrast topstitching (like shown in the "model" drawing). It is a fun top if you have a striped fabric.
Conclusion: My blog post can be viewed here.
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