<b>Pattern Description: </b>
This is a Misses' close fitting top with neckline variations, elasticized shoulders and upper sections, and narrow hems. A, B, Overlays. B, C, sleeve slits. D: Upper sections cut on crosswise grain.
This pattern comes in sizes Y (XS to M) ZZ (Lg to XXL)
I made a medium.
<b>Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?</b>
Yes, it resembles the drawing. I made a few alterations/modifications. :) I made view D.
<b>Were the instructions easy to follow?</b>
Instructions were just fine. I glanced at them and then did my own order of sewing. More on that below.
<b>What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?</b>
Like: unique styling of the sleeves and the open back. It makes a funky, cool t-shirt. Dislikes, nothing really. However if I do make this long sleeved version again, I will narrow the lower sleeve width. That however is just a personal preference on my part and nothing to do with the pattern at all. Even with my larger than I'd like chest, this top has enough ease. I didn't make any changes to the bodice to get it to fit.
I used some sort of knit from JoAnns. It was okay to work with. I specifically purchased it to create this top. It is a little light weight but since I choose it for the color and pattern, weight wasn't a major consideration. I am thinking of putting a moratorium on any purchases from Joann until further notice. Fabrics just haven't been performing as I would like them to.
<b>Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:</b>
Here is where I had some fun with this pattern, but first I will lead you through the order of construction.
There really aren't that many steps to this top as it is pretty simple. However when I got to the step where you insert elastic at the shoulder seam, I thought it would be easier to hem the sleeve slit/opening first. After hemming the slit I inserted the elastic.
At that point I also thought it would be easier to press and get the lower sleeve ready for hemming. I used this opportunity to attach lite steam-a-seam. I sewed the underarm seam and then hemmed the sleeve opening.
I didn't use the elastic at the seam where the bodice and lower top meet. The directions call for it, but I didn't think it was necessary.
Here are my modifications. I plan on wearing this to work and it slipped off my shoulders several times so I attached a tie on each side of the neckline so I can make a cute little bow. That meant I had to tack the crossover at the back at the critical point so it laid flat.
The sleeves were really open (no kidding, right?) so to keep it funky I used hair elastics in a turquoise and black buttons and attached those at three places on the slit. I like the effect.
>Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?</b>
Yes, I do think I will sew this again. I would consider using a smaller piece of elastic at the shoulder seam so it gathers more like the picture on the envelope. I do recommend this to others. It is easy, goes together quickly and could be dressy or super casual.
Another great pattern from Butterick with an extra unappealing line drawing on the front. I actually choose it based on the photograph on this site: