Pattern Description: Tunics A, D, tops B, C, E and dress F have self-faced middle sections and bodice variations; tunic A, top B has self-lined close-fitting upper front and purchased rings; tops B, E have gathered, draped middle section; top C, dress F have looped overlay; top E has three-quarter length sleeves gathered into cuffs; dress F has three-quarter length kimono sleeves.
I made view D.
Pattern Sizing: X-Small to X-Large. I cut a medium. It looks a little snug on Caroline here because I was attempting to stretch the fabric a little in the hip area before wearing it.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? For the most part yes. I recycled some fabric from a dress I knew I would never wear again. I loved the color and thought it would make a fabulous top for summer. Dealing with material that has already been cut can be a challenge but I think I did alright. I could not find any thread to match so I decided to use a contrasting cream thread around the neckline. It will match the cami I plan to wear under this top.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Ha! This top is not a difficult top to sew at all but the instructions left much to be desired. I would much rather have them copy and paste directions under each view so you could follow continuously rather than skip back and forth. I really could do without having smiling cut out faces of those two women. All the jumping around could get very frustrating/annoying.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? This pattern was very easy to sew. Despite my issues it still came out well and I am happy with the result. I will say that I would not dare wear this top without a camisole underneath.
Fabric Used: Some recycled coral matte jersey
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: I had to play around with the pattern pieces to cut them out due to recycling the fabric. I somehow ended up with more room in the back piece than I did in the front. When I switched them around it looked so awkward that I turned it back around and put gathers in the center back. I also didn't add the facing piece to the midriff.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I would like to sew this again in a print fabric. Possibly in view E or F
Conclusion: Very easy top that could be worn anytime of the year depending on the view/fabric selection. It went together in only a couple of hours which was an added bonus. Would recommend.
Cost to make: Recycled fabric original price of $3/yd
Used roughly 1 1/2yds =$4.50
For the complete outfit I paired the top with a cream cami, jeans, and these shoes. Total cost of the outfit was under $30!