Patternreview. One reviewer stated that this maybe one of the best patterns of 2013. I made two of view A late summer and plan to make view C next year. I considered not posting a review on this because so many have reviewed it and I may not have anything more to add. But for the purpose of cataloging the sewing project I decided to post my review.
MISSES' TOPS AND DRESSES: Pullover tops and dresses have neckline variations, and elasticized (seamed) waist. A: lower left side gathers and exposed zipper. A and B: loose-fitting . C: elasticized side seams on lower section. C and D: very loose-fitting, gathered (bias front) bodice. B and D: semi-fitted skirt. Stitched hem A, C and sleeves B. Narrow hem back neckline A, B and neckline/armholes C and D.
6 to 22; I used a 16 with modifications
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes it did. My blue version has the zipper on the opposite side, but yes the top looked like the photo.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Very easy; nothing difficult about them.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
My Likes: drape neckline and the exposed zipper
Brown - Couture Knit from Vogue Fabrics and Blue - Jersey knit from Supreme Novelty on Fulton.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I made my usual FBA and Prominent Shoulder Blade adjustment. I could have skipped the FBA since I used the size 16. The FBA caused the drape to fall a little too low for my taste. At the waist I increased the seam allowance and trimmed off the excess before attaching the band. The lower half was still too loose around the waist (brown version). So for the blue version I scaled it down a little more; from middle bust through the waist and upper hips, between sizes 14 and 12. In retrospect, I think I could have used size 14 with a FBA.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I plan to sew view C. Yes, I do recommend it.
Conclusion: This is an easy, stylish top to sew. A beginner should be able to make it with no problems. I really like it and recommend it to others.
Additional photos can be found on Flickr.