|Posted on:||9/5/03 2:16 AM|
|Pattern Rating:||I would definitely sew this pattern again|
|Pattern Description: Semi-fitted top with neckline variations. View A and B wrap with tie ends, tucks, long sleeves. View A has collar and cuffs. View C has 2 piece single layer sleeves, D has halter neckline with back pleats, E is sleeveless. A,B,C,D are bias. C,D,E have drape front neckline. I did view B.|
Pattern Sizing: 8-10-12 or 14-16-18
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? yes except the drawing doesn't show that there are ties. These could tie in the back or in the front as I chose. Also, I was concentrating on cutting the pattern pieces all in one direction which I had picked because it had the most sheen. I forgot all about orienting the direction of the stripes. Normally one would have the stripes going from the shoulder down to the waist on the bias. I have them all going the other way, out from the neck to the arm. Not the way I would choose but OK. I wish patterns that show bias stripes would mention this issue in the cutting layout. This is how the back looks.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Very easy.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I wanted a pattern to feature the stripes on the bias and this filled the bill. I like wrap styles and I think this is one of my favorites. This is because of the tucks at the side waist. This adds a very nice softening design feature. The top wraps and stays wrapped without gaping or coming unwrapped.
Fabric Used: A black and white stiped permanently pleated polyester. I've never sewn with a pleated fabric like this so I was somewhat nervous about how to do it. I just sort of pushed the fabric as I stitched so it didn't stretch out. It was quite easy to sew. The neckline is faced with bias tape.
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: Just my normal combining of sizes, 8 at top, 12 at sides. I didn't bother with my usual full bust alteration as there is plenty of ease with the cut on sleeves.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes and yes. This goes together quickly and is comfortable to wear.
Conclusion I am quite pleased with how this fabric looks sewn up. It was very inexpensive and intended as a wearable muslin but the stripes create a nice optical illusion effect that I like.