Thursday, January 26, 2017

Notes of a Patterns - Vogue 9205 Knit Top with Neck Darts


This is just a simple t-shirt pattern with neck darts.  You can probably make it using a t-shirt pattern that you already own.  I guess I could have too, but I didn't want to take the time to make the adjustments.





Anyway, you would think that the darts would add enough through the rest of the top to compensate for other fitting issues that may cause the top to fit too tight around the body.  But when I examined the measurements, I found that it would still be necessary to do a FBA.  I did not to add bust dart given that the top already had six darts for a design element.  Again, I was feeling a little lazy about making more adjustments.  So I made the first one with the bust darts to see how it would look.

The pattern comes in sizes 4 to 26.  It can be used to beef up your wardrobe with staple t-shirts.  And it's not limited to the sleeves that come with it.  You can pair other sleeves with it as well.

One of the things that I like about Vogue simple t-shirt type patterns is that they come with a neckband.  And I've found the fit around the neck is not as wide as some of the other commercial patterns.   For this one I did found the the length of the shoulder seam is too long.  I think I shaved off about 3/4 inch for a better fit.

Below is my FBA on the pattern along with the back adjustments.  I didn't make the adjustment to the shoulder length until after I tried on the top minus the sleeves.  To secure the neck darts, I pull the end threads to the wrong side of the top and tied a knot.  Also, I created a center back seam by just adding seam allowance to the center back.


As you can see the bust dart doesn't look bad.  They provide the needed shaping in the bust area for a good fit.
The sleeves look a little wacky, but they are fine.

This is a super easy top to sew, outside of making sure the neck darts are the same length on left and right sides of the top.  I glanced at the instructions, not spending time to read them.  I will probably make several more of this t-shirt.  It's great under jackets and cardigans or by its self with your favorite pair of jeans.

It's easy and sews up really fast.  I recommend it to beginners to advanced sewists.

Happy Sewing!
C




18 comments:

  1. Nice review, thanks for the info. Your T looks just great, that added dart hardly shows, in a print it would really disappear. I'm busty too and have not really learned to do a fba so I put up with drag lines and such.

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  2. I really like those neckline darts. The details can make a simple knit top distinctive. I am well endowed also and created a knit tee sloper with fba. It really helps to have this on hand--the downside is I have draft a new pattern whenever I want to 'copy' (like those darts-lol). Not a bad thing though. I like the contoured center back seam too.

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  3. I agree, this is a great review of the pattern! I love your top too! You are definitely the queen of FBA's! That dart is perfectly aligned!

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    1. Oh, thank you, Ms. Myra. I'm still learning always working on getting it right. Thsnks, you.

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  4. The neckline darts are such a beautiful feature. You're right, this kind of tee can be worn in so many ways. Very beautiful!

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  5. This is the kind of pattern that I easily miss, but it looks like a great pattern, I love basics with a bit of interest.

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    1. Yes, I debated on getting it because it so simple. But it is a well drafted t.

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  6. This is such a nicely details tee. Do you have a favorite fabric for your tees?

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    1. This first top is made of a mystery knit from Vogue in Evanston, Illinois. It has a crepe texture, but it's has a very soft hand with about 30 percent stretch. I like it a lot. I do think similar fabrics work well with this pattern.

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  7. I love that you can get such beautiful results with an easy project!

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