I wanted to share this in time for the 2013 Essential Top Sew-along over on Faye’s blog, but it didn’t quite happen. But it’s done now :). I spent two weekends ago grading the pattern and cutting out the fabric. I’m pretty pleased with my pattern matching, too. I started sewing the top last Tuesday night, but had so many problems with skipped stitches, then no stitches. This fabric was like iron to sew! After many gyrations, I wound up using my largest ballpoint needle (size 16) and that worked out fine.
I guess all that pattern work paid off! And my nagging poor Sigrid over at PatternReview over the Pantone colors contest. She is so gracious, is Sigrid!
Pattern Description: Out-of-print Misses semi-fitted top with neckline variations. I made view B, a wrap top with tucks, tie-ends, and long sleeves.
Pattern Sizing: I started with size 18, which is the largest size the pattern came in.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, I think it did.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Super easy. And I actually followed them (mostly) this time.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like the front tucks in the pattern along with the cut on sleeves. I like the back tucks as well. I guess I like everything about it.
Fabric Used: An ITY print jersey with Tender Shoots, African Violet, and Linen featured from Gorgeous Fabrics.
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: I graded the pattern from size 18 using Lynda Maynard’s technique outlined in De-Mystifying Fit. I rotated darts from a base wrap bodice I knew fit to tucks. I raised the neckline 2.5” (it could do with another 1”, maybe 2” more). I also used clear elastic in the neckline to eliminate gaping (it works perfectly).
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Oh yes, I love how this looks and fits, although I will make a bigger square shoulder adjustment next time. I’ve thought about using this pattern for years and am so glad I finally did. I would recommend it to others who like wrap-style tops for sure.
Conclusion: If you like wrap-style tops and can get your hands on this pattern, make it!
This is how I wore it to my bday dinner yesterday. (Trying to keep my heels out of the soft ground…)