Pattern Description: This is a Vogue options pattern. It is rated as Easy and that is exactly how I would describe it. This is the second time around with this pattern. The first time, I made view B., this time view F.
Here is the description from the back of the envelope:
Misses' top: Pullover top has neck band and seam detail. A, B, C: Bias, loose-fitting front extends to upper back, back extends to upper front, no shoulder or side seams and stitched hem. D, E, F: Close-fitting, bias lower front and lower back, raw edge finish and stitched hem on sleeves. Front and back cut on crosswise grain of fabric.
This is a multi-sized pattern. Based on using Vogue many times before, I made a size 14. This is a nicely shaped top (for views D, E, F anyway) and I am happy with the fit. I wanted something close-fitting, and that is exactly what I got.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Pretty much. I didn't have quite enough fabric for the sleeves so that is how I came up with the piecing on them. Since you cut this on the crossgrain and since I cut for view F or the tunic length, I simply didn't have enough to make the bracelet-length sleeves so I pieced them.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, very much so. The order of construction was wonky. I sewed the neckband much earlier than the last step as was suggested by the instructions. Also, there was no mention of stabilizing the shoulder seam. I did that with clear elastic. Also, I stay-stitched the neckline before applying the neckband. It just looked like there could be a possibility of things going awry, so I took steps to prevent mishaps.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
1. A shaped t pattern. That doesn't happen often! Also, this pattern is close fitting, just as the pattern suggests. No alterations needed!
2. I love the length of the tunic. It is just perfect for leggings. I am so ready for fall with this pattern!
3. I really like the bracelet-length sleeves. This is a nice change from long sleeves like most patterns. I typically push my sleeves up anyway.
1. All the raw edges. I tried to stitch the side panels on using raw edges, but my fabric rolled at the cut edge quite a bit and it just wasn't worth the struggle. I went forth using right sides together, pressing, and topstitching using a double needle.
2. No stabilization at the shoulder seams.
3. Neckline. I lowered it by 3 inches and it is still in a modest place.
4. Darts in T-s. But given the fit, it is necessary.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Other than lowering the neckline, none.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Maybe, it is pretty distinct. I would use it for a pattern as a fitting guide, if that makes sense. I am not totally sure about the vertical stripes. I wish I would have made this fabric into something else.
Love the length, feel of the fabric, and the fact I can wear this with leggings. Other than that, I don't absolutely love it. I am sure I will wear it quite a bit as it is comfortable.
Thanks for reading!