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|Reviewed by:||michellep74|| |
|Posted on:||3/17/14 5:26 PM |
|Pattern Size:||Plus-Sized Regular |
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|Pattern Rating:||Great Wardrobe Builder |
|Review Rating:|| Helpful by 2 people Very Helpful by 6 people |
|Fabric:||Double Knit [See other projects in this fabric]|
|Pattern Description: From the StyleArc web site:|
"Use your imagination & splice this top using multi colours, print & plain… the choices are endless. This square cut “T” features a cute pocket also has the fashionable extended back hemline and dropped shoulder. Choose your sleeve length, cap or full length."
StyleArc sizes 6-30. Note that with StyleArc, you select and receive one size for each pattern. My understanding is that StyleArc sizes are close to Australian RTW.
I had this pattern sitting in my stash from when I was a little heavier than I am now, so rather than grading down a size, I used a Sophia knit fabric, which has a decent amount of body and little stretch, compared to a t-shirt knit, which would normally be the recommended knit for this pattern.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes--it looks like the technical drawing. Note that the pattern itself is more like the technical drawing (with little waist shaping) than like the fashion illustration.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Given that this was a basic t-shirt, I almost didn't look at them. However, when I pulled out the pattern pieces, I became curious because both the top and bottom parts of the t-shirt front had markings on them for the pocket. (From the line drawing, I had assumed that this was your typical t-shirt patch pocket.) It turns out that for this top, the pocket is actually an inseam pocket that you topstitch down to the front of the tee. (I omitted the pocket from my version.)
Beyond that, I was a Bad Reviewer and only glanced at the instructions, but they seem fine, in typical-StyleArc-order-of-construction way, if you're familiar with sewing knits, t-shirts, etc.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Likes: The splicing in multiple places provides a number of options for creative colorblocking and/or playing with grainlines.
I could see the inseam pocket being an interesting design detail if you used it.
When you consider the high-low hem, this is a basic t-shirt that incorporates a lot of trends an interesting design features.
Black and turquoise Sophia doubleknit, originally purchased for another project, which I chose not to proceed with. I used them for this top because I knew the top pattern was once size larger than I'd normally wear, but that the Sophia didn't have much stretch. Plus, I wanted a warm, comfy long-sleeved t-shirt.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Not too many alternations/changes:
* Shortened the sleeves by 1.5" (StyleArc's sleeves usually run pretty long for me--I'm 5'2".)
* Omitted the inseam pocket.
* Shortened the neckband by ~2" to avoid gaping.
* I originally had an excess fold of fabric that formed just above the horizontal seam line on the front. I used a horizontal fisheye dart to take up the excess. This worked well, and you can barely notice it on the finished top.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I might sew it again if I feel the need for another colorblocked top. I'd recommend it to others. It's a pretty straightforward top.
While not terribly exciting, this top accomplished my goal of making a top with the comfort of a sweatshirt, but that looks nicer than a sweatshirt.
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