Here is my review for what I had hoped would be a cute little tunic made out of my beautiful rayon/cotton blended fabric I purchased last fall when my daughter and I went to a quilt show. I had been waiting for just the right pattern and thought I had found it, but I am sorely disappointed. Let me know what you think.....
The description from the back of the envelope simply states this is a very loose-fitting, pullover tops and tunics have neckline variations, front gathered into midriff, attached tie ends, and narrow hem. A: gathered sleeves and bands. C: shaped back hemline, wrong side shows.
I made View D.
When I purchase a piece of fabric which I have no immediate plan for, I typically get three yards. With this fabric, there was no exception to my three-yard rule. This top took almost all my fabric, which is okay, but keep in mind this pattern is somewhat of a hog. Cutting out and putting together was fast and uncomplicated. The directions all made perfect sense and I had no issues whatsoever. There really aren't that many steps for this top, so I really feel like it you love the style and are a beginner, you'll have success.
I changed just a few minor things in hopes I would like the top better, but I simply don't. My neckline facing is different than making a regular sized facing and stitching it in.
I made my facing narrower and on the bias so I could turn it under. After edge stitching the facing, I top-stitched two rows on the outside and I think it gives a nice finish.
So here is what I don't like. It is all in the design. I don't like having my bra show at the side seams. I don't think I should have to wear a cami underneath a high-necked top. I should have known by looking at the model on the envelope. By the looks of it, her bra is also showing!
Another modification I made was to add some elastic at the back waist to help keep some of the fullness in control. I think it helps control how the top lays in the back, but given the bra showing problem, I am going to consider this a wad. I even tried to pull it up at the shoulder seams, but that makes it a lot more difficult to take on and off and also it interferes with the waistband detail. Argh!