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Posted on:6/19/14 8:13 AM
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Vogue Patterns Pattern Info
Pattern Rating:Recommend, with Modifications
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Fabric:Ponte Knit  [See other projects in this fabric]
Pattern Description:
An Alice + Olivia designed knit tunic with choice of necklines (scoop, bateau or cowl) and sleeves (set-in, dolman or raglan). Soft side drapes, long back tail, shorter front, A-line.

The Alice + Olivia pattern is out of print. The equivalent is V8952, thanks to beauturbo.

I made View A with raglan sleeves, round neck binding and angled hemline.

Pattern Sizing:
Multisize XS-M. I cut XS.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes. I made mine short, as a top instead of the tunic,with a thicker neck band.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes. I didn't follow them as I didn't want the ribbon embellishment and the top stitching on the sleeves. Instead I overlocked using 4 threads and kept the seams inside.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
The instructions are workable. However, I find that they make a harder job of sewing simple tee shirts. I did not like the neck finish.

I love this tee shirt much more than the one with the dolman sleeves (see my earlier review) as the fit is much better. The raglan sleeves gave a great fit unlike the dolman version which I felt made me look fat.

Fabric Used:
A black ponte with moderate stretch.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I reduced the length 10 cm on the waist shortening lines.

The back was cut on the fold.

The neckline was replaced with a 2cm band, which was folded in half, overlocked into position and then top stitched using twin needles.

The instructions left the raw seams showing, whereas I wanted the hem turned. The corners of the hem could not be easily sewn using narrow hems due to thickness of my fabric. Instead the hems were overlocked while flat, folded once and stitched into place using long straight stich.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes. This tee shirt is easy to wear and can be simplified by omitting the designer touches. At the same time, the designer features can make a statement out of a very basic tee shirt.

Fast and easy tee shirt that coordinates well and can be easily dressed up or down.

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Margie T said...
Looks great, especially with the pink skirt.
6/20/14 0:24 AM
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