|Pattern Description: |
Intermediate level sewing skills required. Comes with sizes XS-XL. Instructions with black and white photos and sketches are included, as well as pattern pieces for both top and dress. (from Wiksten website)
I sewed size Small and made no fitting adjustments.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, but I changed the order of construction.
The method of gathering is to sew 2 rows of basting stitches above the stitching line. I prefer to sew one row above the stitching line and another row below. That just gives me better results, but I know there are a number of ways to gather.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like the use of both photos and sketches. Occasionally it's a little bit difficult to see details in the photos, but I had no problem following them.
I'm very impressed that I could cut a tunic with sleeves and a collar using only a yard and a half of fabric, 45" wide.
Version 1: Mustard linen, medium weight
Version 2: Raspberry silk faille, light weight
Version 3: Print silk charmeuse, light weight
It's fascinating to see a pattern change its personality with different fabrics and colors, and I am so glad I used 3 different fabrics.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Version 1 has no changes except that I shortened at the hem by about 2 inches. (I'm short.)
For Version 2, I added buttons and buttonholes at the front inset and a button and ribbon embellishment on the sleeve cuff. I also reshaped the hemline by simply redrawing a curved line right on to the pattern.
Version 3 also has the curved hemline, which I love for these loose, untucked tops.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I probably won't sew it again; I think 3 times is enough! Suffice it to say that I love this pattern; it's easy to sew, comfortable to wear, and looks nice for casualwear. I would recommend it for advanced beginners because the front inset is a little tricky to sew. Don't hesitate to baste it first, and stitch slowly at the machine. Otherwise, it goes together rather quickly. I sewed the 3rd version in just 2 evenings.
More info and photos on my blog: Style Me Mary