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|Reviewed by:||Alpine Queen|| |
|Posted on:||5/10/14 9:37 AM |
|Last Updated:||6/25/14 4:46 AM|
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Pattern Info provided by Alpine Queen
|Pattern Rating:||Easy & Great for Beginners |
|Review Rating:|| Very Helpful by 5 people |
|Fabric:||ITY Jersey [See other projects in this fabric]|
This is a simple scoop neck tee. I have not made a tee in a million years because any pattern never fit like bought shirts, and I was always too timid to radically alter a supposedly professionally designed pattern. I was very pleased with the fit on this one.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
I didn't follow the neckband insertion, I didn't feel in control with this version. I thought there was too much sharp curving in the front to just pull the band while stitching, so I did it the way I normally do a band by sewing both neck and band then quartering them.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I did not like that there was a pattern for the neckband, which ended up equaling the neckline, so it doesn't pull in snugly. If there is an actual pattern piece, I expect it to already have the correct fitting designed into it.
I didn't think I would like how narrow the band was, either. If I had installed it as a binding, I would have widened it. But by doing it as designed and then using a double needle to stitch it down, the stitching ended up looking like being part of the band and thus giving the illusion of being wider. A nice effect, different from a typical binding.
Some kind of two-way stretch jersey. Fabrics don't seemed to be marked here, it feels like some kind of cotton/Lycra blend. Absolutely lovely to wear.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
It claims to be designed for petites. I always have to lengthen backs and sleeves, I didn't see how this was any different from any other pattern. I redrew the waist placement, I did not modify anything else.
My measurements were almost exactly the M, so I just made it straight out of the box. While I usually need to make an FBA, the negative ease still allowed a really nice fit. I think next time I will widen the shoulders, this looks too tight although the fabric is stretchy enough it's not uncomfortable.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I definitely will make it again. I think it easily lends itself to restyling. I will be personally recommending it to others. I have already gotten a number of compliments on it.
I have just started a sewing club for some young women in our church, most of whom have never touched a sewing machine before. I thought this pattern would be easy for them to get (buying patterns here is much more difficult and expensive than in the US) and then make as a first garment project. So I made this pattern straight as designed rather than fiddling with it so I would know what to suggest in first time fitting. That's also why I applied the neckband my own way, I didn't think they would get the concept provided as absolute newbies.
European styling is generally more fitted than American, so I think this will definitely provide the kind of fit my girls would expect in a tee.
I thought I would share the result of my sewing class using this pattern. I've only had one completion so far, but it was such a marvelous success, I thought you might like to see what a complete beginner accomplished.
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