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Posted on:6/20/14 5:39 PM
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Vogue Patterns Pattern Info
Pattern Rating:Recommend, with Modifications
Review Rating: Very Helpful by 3 people   
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Fabric:Velour  [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.

I sewed View B with set in sleeves, cowl neck and angled hem.

Pattern Sizing:
Multisize XS-M. I cut XS to fit Australia 6-8.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Almost. I sewed differently and kept the sleeves 3/4 length instead of full length.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes. I omitted the ribbon trim and did away with the exposed seams by sewing the seams inside followed by top stitching.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
After trying on, I realise the size is much smaller than the XS for the other two views (see my previous reviews). I should have cut one size larger. The sleeves are tight, and around 5 cm narrower than View C. Be careful if you have big arms.

For 3/4 sleeves, I shortened 12 cm

I like the cowl neck that stretches into a hood. There is plenty of fabric to keep the neck warm.

Fabric Used:
Crushed stretch velour

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I shortened 10 cm at the waist line. The hems and neckline were top stitched with twin needles. I omitted the neck binding.

The angled hem couldn't be narrow hemmed to give sharp corners due to the thick fabric. Instead the hem was overlocked and turned once before top stitching. The corners were fixed with fray medium.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes. Easy to make and really fast if the designer touches are omitted.

Conclusion:
A stylish designer tee shirt that can be made quickly. The sleeves need widening to fit.

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madbadger said...
I really like this!
6/22/14 8:22 AM
marec said...
This is really cute, especially with the glasses :-) I love this pattern and have made a note to try this version for winter.
6/20/14 6:36 PM
Kemish said...
I've made this tunic several times (although I don't think I reviewed it - oops!) and I have found the sleeves to be much too tight, so I have added on to the sleeves at both the seams and then had it gradually reduce to nothing at the underarm and at the shoulder. It works and a bit more rooming the arm makes the tunic much more comfortable.
6/20/14 11:24 AM
 
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