Pull-over knit top, ... with DARTS! (and half-length sleeve)
I opted for the pattern for bust size 34.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Almost exactly, unintentionally. The pattern shows a blue ribbed shirt, mine's silver.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Oh, Sandra. I did get a little scared at first when I saw the wall-of-text per instruction, but as I read, you were VERY clear on your instruction, so that a lesser experienced sewist would know exactly what to do. I mostly skimmed the instructions after that, making sure that I was assembling the shirt in the correct order and hemming up the sleeves in the specified amount.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I really like the darts. I'm not a busty girl, so even if I'm wearing a "girly" t-shirt, my bust looks rather... small. It's not that I want to BE busty, but the darts do a very good job of adding another dimension to an otherwise generic shirt. Including the collar band and excluding the optional ties (which I left optional), there's only four pattern pieces. If I had given the pattern more thought, I would have probably cut out the long sleeves, but since the weight of the fabric is pretty light weight, the half-length sleeves worked out really well and I can wear this shirt into the spring. No complaints about this pattern at all, actually.
A sparkly silver knit from Fabric.com that's a rayon/poly blend.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made
Left the bottom hem a little longer than instructed, but I like longer shirts. And even though I top stitched the collar band, I still put a smidge of hem tape under it to make sure that it would stay put and not flip up.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
If I needed another basic shirt, I'd definitely go with this one first. Highly recommended.
The thing this shirt pattern has over other knit shirt patterns are the darts. It's a subtle, but nice detail that gives the garment more depth and a better looking fit.