Or how to sew and stay happy, in 5-minutes increments.
Pattern Sizing: 6-14. I cut a 6.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? I think so?
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes.
Except there’s a mistake on the pattern for the sleeves’ gathers: they ought to extend from one outer dot, beyond the middle dot and on to the other outer dot. Unmissable mistake, though, and easy to fix.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I was attracted by its girliness. I like the yoke and love the gathered sleeves.
This top doesn’t have a zipper, yet is designed for non-stretchy fabrics. While this often means a top will look like a tent, I think here that the designers managed to give the top just enough ease to pull it through the shoulders, without making it too large.
I mean, OK, it’s not the MOST flattering top in the world, but I have plenty of close-fitting tops and this, paired with fitted jeans, doesn’t look half bad IMHO. It looks relaxed and breezy. (I think?)
Fabric Used: Cotton eyelet, in my favourite shade of blue. Another fabric Seb chose with me, so it’s in our favourite colour (we got this one at Bouchara).
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
– I did a FBA (my first serious FBA!).
– Instead of using fusible interfacing, I underlined it with white organza, because my fabric was see-through.
– I swapped steps 25 and 27: instead of sewing the sides and the sleeves’ underarm seam, then attaching the sleeves to the top, I first attached the sleeves to the top, then sewed the side and underarm seam in one go. This made handling the sleeves’ gathers much easier.
– Almost forgot! I shortened the top, and narrowed the sleeves a little.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes to both. I would love to make a version with the yoke in a contrasting fabric.
Conclusion: A cute little top that was fun to make and is nice to wear.
I almost decided on adding some lace as per the pattern picture (my initial idea), but with this eyelet fabric, I was afraid in the end that it’d look too lacey and maybe give away its homemade origin 😉