Pattern Review: New Look 6428 Knit Dress

Update on May 23, 2016 It was a warm day today, so I said, “What the heck!” and wore my dress. I got three compliments on it. One from DS the Younger (“Nice dress, Mom”), one from DH (“Nice dress! When did you get that?” “I made it yesterday.” “Wow, really? Nice!”) and one from the young woman working the cashier at the grocery store when I stopped there after work (“I really like your dress!”) I’d say this pattern is a real winner!

Good luck finding this if you don't have the link. Simplicity's new website sucks.
Pattern Description: From Simplicity’s website, “ These preppy Just 4 Knits dresses for miss are easy to sew and figure flattering for comfortable stylish wear. Dress can be long sleeve or sleeveless with round or notched neckline. New Look sewing pattern.

Sizing: 8-10. I started with a 12 at the shoulders, and tapered out to a 16 at the bust (to avoid doing a FBA). Then I made a 14 everywhere else.

Available as a PDF? No

Fabric Used: Lightweight Athleisure Cotton Jersey in Heathered Black/White from Gorgeous Fabrics (of course!).

Machines and Tools Used: Pfaff 2130 home sewing machine, Juki MD654DE home serger, Naomi the Naomoto, sleeve board, ham.

Needle/Notions Used: Stretch 75/11 needles, lightweight mesh invisible zipper from Botani in New York, Pro-Tricot interfacing from Fashion Sewing Supply (BTW, in case you need interfacing, Pam is having a big sale through Wednesday, May 25. NAYY, just a good friend and happy customer), thread.

Tips Used during Construction: Check the Grain on Knits, Tips and Tricks for Sewing with Knits, And Now, a Word from the Pressinatrix.

Did it look like the photo or drawing when you got through? Yes

How were the instructions? Good. Basic, but understandable. This is a well-drafted pattern and it goes together easily. For inserting an invisible zipper, I prefer Els’ instructions from The Sewing Divas.

Construction Notes: I serged all major seams except the CB, which I sewed with the Pfaff. I serged the edges of the CB seam, catching the edges of the zipper. I also serged the raw edges of the facings.

Zipper and facing finishes

I lowered the side bust dart one inch.

The original dart point was 9 1/2 inches down from the shoulder.

Since this is going to be a weekend dress/beach coverup for summer, I didn’t bother doing a ton of fitting. I applied scraps of interfacing at the back shoulder seamlines before stitching to stabilize them. I undertstitched all the facings, and I stitched in the ditch along the seam lines and neckline darts to affix the facings. They still have a tendency to roll out, so I may tack them in several other places as well.

Likes/Dislikes: This is a really cute dress for casual wear. As I say, this is for my summer weekends and I’ll wear it over a bathing suit at the beach. It reminds me of an independent pattern that I have seen, but it was a fraction of the cost and I like the neckline darts and the CB seam that gives you the ability to fit it easily.

Closeup so you can see the neckline dart

Would you do it again? Would you recommend it? Yes I would do both. I am tempted to make this in the sleeved version. The fabric I used has some stretch, but I think that if you use a fabric with a lot of stretch you can eliminate the invisible zipper. In fact, if I make it again, I’ll probably eliminate the zipper, sew the CB seam up to a few inches below the top, and add a button/loop closure so I can just pull it over my head.

Conclusion: Cute dress! I was able to make it from start to finish in less than one day (today). I definitely recommend it. Here are shots on Shelley:

Front…
… and back!

Also this weekend, I made myself another StyleArc Alannah Tee. This one took me less than 2 hours yesterday from start to finish. I don’t have much to say beyond what I said in my first review of this shirt. I made this one with Designer Viscose Jersey in Cashmere Rose. I love it – it’s so comfortable! I’m wearing it now. Here’s a shot on Shelley yesterday:

Alanna3

On top of all that, we got the tomatoes planted, put the kids’ old bunk beds up on Craigslist, got DS the Younger a bicycle to take to college, swam Hoover and cleaned up a good chunk of the house. Dang, what a productive weekend!

Happy sewing!

 

Pattern Review: Vogue 7488 Men’s Vest

Friday is DS the Younger’s senior prom. His date is wearing a red dress, and since I am a fabulous mom, I told him I would make him a vest to wear.

Pattern Description: Lined vest has low armholes, shaped hemline and back belt. A: Notched collar and welt pockets. B: Double-breasted and welt pockets. C: Angled shawl collar and mock-welt pockets.

Sizing: Men’s XS to XL. I made a medium at the shoulders, tapering to a small at the waist.

Available as a PDF? No

Fabric Used: Greek Key Silk Blend Brocade in Bright Red from Gorgeous Fabrics (of course!)for the main fabric, red silk habotai (sold out, sorry, but you can find Other Colors Here) for the lining

Machines and Tools Used: Pfaff 2130 sewing machine, Naomi the Naomoto, ham, sleeve board, point presser, clapper.

Needle/Notions Used: Universal 70/10 needle, Pro-Weft Interfacing from Fashion Sewing Supply, D-ring from my stash, buttons from my stash (from the long-ago days of Fabric Fix in NH, sigh), thread.

Tips Used during Construction: Anything by The Pressinatrix, Make the Lining First.

Did it look like the photo or drawing when you got through? Well, not exactly. For one thing, the line drawing omits the stitching lines on the collar/lapel joint.

Also, the line drawing and photos indicate that there is a pronounced notch. But if you look at the pattern piece, the lapel is definitely curved.

There’s no stitching line indicated, so like a good little sewing automaton I followed the lines and notches. Also, from the pictures and line drawing, it looks like I sewed the lapel incorrectly to the collar, but again, I followed the notches and instructions, and this is what I got.

There is a distinct possibility of operator error on my part, since I was doing this after work and I’ve been running on fumes all this week. The good news is that he loves it as-is, so I’m not going to squawk.

How were the instructions? Um, okaaaaay… see my comments above.

Construction Notes: I sized the vest based on his measurements. One thing I didn’t realize in advance was that this pattern runs very long in the torso. I found that out after it was complete. I ended up taking up about an inch at the shoulders, so if you make this pattern, you’ll want to measure the front against the wearer beforehand to see if you have the same issue.

This pattern goes together quite easily. I debated about interfacing the entire front, since this fabric has a fair amount of body to begin with, but I decided to use Pam’s lightweight interfacing and it adds just the right amount of stiffness.

Likes/Dislikes: He loves it, so I’m happy!

Would you do it again? Would you recommend it? I might do it again. Then again I don’t get too much call for vests.

Conclusion: He’s thrilled so I’m happy. Here are pictures on Shelley. I’ll get pictures on him tomorrow night.

Front
Back

 

And the welt pocket

Happy sewing!

Pattern Review: McCalls 6839 Top

https://mccallpattern.mccall.com/m6839
Pattern Description: Close-fitting, pullover tops and tunic have back neckline variations and stitched hems. A: Back pleated drape, cut on crosswise grain. B: Back yoke. C: Draped back. D: Shaped hemline (wrong side show) and narrow hem. C, D: Back tie ends.

I made a hybrid of views C and D – I added the sleeves from view D to View C.

Sizing: 8-24. I made a 12, tapering out to a 14 at the bust.

Available as a PDF? No

Fabric Used: A sold out animal/snake print ITY from Gorgeous Fabrics. It’s sold out, but there are Similar Here.

Machines and Tools Used: Juki 654DE serger, Pfaff 2130, Naomi the Naomoto, sleeve board, shoulder stand.

Needle/Notions Used: Stretch 75/10, thread. That’s it!

Tips Used during Construction: And Now, A Word from The Pressinatrix

Did it look like the photo or drawing when you got through? Yes

How were the instructions? They were fine. This is a pretty straightforward pattern to make.

Construction Notes: I started with a 12 at the shoulders, tapering to a 14 at the side armhole seam. I didn’t do a FBA, because the flat pattern measurements at a 14 seemed to obviate the need for it, and in fact it wasn’t necessary.

Likes/Dislikes: I like the cut, and it is a great length for me. The neckline is pretty wide, and it does just barely show my bra straps, so I’ll put lingerie guards in to keep it properly in place. The back is low cut, but not so low that my bra band shows.

Would you do it again? Would you recommend it? Yes and yes. This pattern is listed as out of print on McCalls’ website, but I saw it in the drawers at my local Joann last week, so you may still be able to buy it. Here are pictures on Shelley:

Back
and Front

All in all a great top.
Happy sewing!

Snatching Victory from the Jaws of Defeat – Kwik Sew 2948 Cardigan (modified)

After the debacle that was the no-Named pattern, I fell back and punted. Sewsy, bless her, suggested a couple of Kwik Sew Patterns, one of which, K2948, I had in my pattern stash and had even traced off in a size medium. Cue the happy dance!

The website says out of stock; I’ve heard rumors it is out of print. Not sure if that is correct.

I made this pattern years and years ago, in a very different type of knit (much lighter weight), so here’s a new review.
Pattern Description: Misses’ fitted cardigans and tops. The cardigan has long sleeves and a front band with a buttonhole and button closure. View A has a self fabric belt. The View A pull-over top has a stand-up collar and hemmed armholes. The View B pull-over top has a boat neckline and the neckline and armholes are hemmed.

I made the (even) long(er) cardigan, sans the belt.

Sizing: XS to XL. I made a medium.

Available as a PDF? No.

Fabric Used: Chunky Ribbed Italian Sweater Knit in Ivory/Taupe. I just love this knit. It’s so warm and cozy. It doesn’t photograph nearly as beautiful as it is IRL. The texture is something you need to see in person.

Machines and Tools Used: Pfaff 2130 Sewing Machine, Juki MO-654DE serger, Naomi the Naomoto/board, shoulder stand, sleeve board, silk organza press cloth.

Needle/Notions Used: Ball Point 70/10 needle for the seams, 90/14 for attaching the neck band to the garment (thick fabric!), Stretch 75/11 needles in the serger to finish the seams. Scraps of Pro-Weft Interfacing, buttons that I bought at JoAnn, thread.

Tips Used during Construction: Masking Tape to Mark Notches, Sewing with Knits, And Now, A Word from the Pressinatrix, How to Flat-Set a Sleeve.

Did it look like the photo or drawing when you got through? Yes, with modifications

How were the instructions? I didn’t need them – I’ve made this before, and the pattern goes together very easily for anyone who’s been sewing for a little while.

Construction Notes:  Because of the thickness of the fabric, I used a single layer layout,. The back piece is cut on the fold, so I made a new pattern piece with muslin.

With a thick knit like this, I find it easier to use shears to cut the fabric

I added about 24 inches in length to the pattern. Also, since this knit is very thick I made the seam allowances 5/8″ (the pattern calls for 1/4″ SAs). I used a straight stitch, 3.0mm length, and I finished the seams with a 4-thread serger stitch.

Finishes on the seams and the neckband

I stabilized the shoulders with scraps of interfacing

I used masking tape to mark the notches

That’s a single notch at the side seam

I used 3 inch hems, and I hand-hemmed them with a catch stitch.

And finally, because this knit is so thick, I used a toothpick to give the right depth to the button. I made a thread shank with waxed thread.

Gives enough room so the thread won’t break

To me, the toughest part was trying to keep the pattern pieces on the ribs. It didn’t work out as well as I would like on the bands, but the rest of the garment turned out okay. And honestly, this isn’t one of my couture garments, and I luuuuuurve the fabric, finicky nature and all, so I’ll live with it.

Likes/Dislikes: This is so warm and comfy! No dislikes.

Would you do it again? Would you recommend it? Yes and yes. I will definitely make the shorter version of this again, and I do recommend it.

Conclusion: Big thanks to Sewsy for reminding me about this pattern! It’s comfortable and just what I wanted for this look. I will wear it with a belt. The belts I have are not the right color, but here are a few pictures on Shelley to give you a feel for how I will style it.

All by itself (front)
And the back

Here’s a “sample” belt. I’ll see if I can find something that matches better this week.

And jeans, and boots

Happy sewing!

Amuse-bouche: StyleArc Marlo v.2

I wanted to something lighter for my post-Paco-Peralta-Cassock-Coat project, and I love the first version I made of the StyleArc Marlo, so I decided to make another. This time I decided to make it from Boldly Go Floral Silk/Rayon Matte Jersey, with contrast sleeves made from Poly ITY Jersey – Beyond Basic Black. Hey – check it out – both of those fabrics are still available – it’s a miracle!!! 🙂

I was inspired by ReDpants Designs‘ wrap dress from when she hosted McCalls’ wrap dress sew along last year. And my friend and client Karen also used the same combination in a Fabulous Maxi Dress.

This time, I cut the front in two pieces, per the StyleArc instructions. I tried, and almost succeeded, to have the print match exactly across the front. It’s close enough that most people won’t notice, and it’s not far enough off to make my eye twitch.

For the technical details, I ran this up on my home Pfaff 2130 and my home Juki serger. I used Stretch 75/11 needles in both machines. I used a 2.5mm long by .5mm wide stitch for the CF and front sleeve/bodice seams. I used that same stitch to hem the garment and sleeves, and I used a 3.5 mm 4-thread serger stitch for the side seams.

All in all, this took about 1.5 hours from start to finish over the course of several days. I’m really pleased with this version. DH really loves it. The fabric and contrast make a nice change, and each takes less than a yard of fabric so if you have pieces left over from other projects, this is a nice way to use them up.

Here are some pictures on Shelley.

Marlo 2 Front

 

Marlo 2 Back

Once more, this is a great pattern with good bones that makes up quickly. Not sure what my next project will be. I’ll see what inspiration hits this week when I go on a buying trip.

Happy sewing!

Pattern Review: StyleArc Marlo Top


Pattern Description: From StyleArc’s website, This is a great top that is so easy to make but looks amazing when finished. The front keyhole neck line and the cut outs on the raglan sleeve make this top a standout.

I’ll add that this is a long sleeved raglan top with neckline binding,

Sizing: 4-30. I made a 10.

Available as a PDF? Not currently.

Fabric Used: A flannel-faced ponte panel knit from Gorgeous Fabrics (of course). It’s sold out, sorry.

Machines and Tools Used: Pfaff 2130, Juki MD-654DL, Naomi the Naomoto, tailor’s ham, sleeve board.

Needle/Notions Used: Stretch 75/11 needle, thread. That’s all.

Tips Used during Construction: Anything by The Pressinatrix, Tips and Tricks for Sewing with Knits, Sew From Wide to Narrow.

Did it look like the photo or drawing when you got through? Yes.

How were the instructions? I didn’t use them, though I did take a look at them and they seem fine. This top is really well drafted and it goes together beautifully. I made it a little more difficult on myself by changing the construction a bit, but if you do it their way it goes together really quickly.

Construction Notes: The way the pattern is designed, there’s a center front seam. Because of the print on the fabric, I eliminated that seam, adjusting the pattern to have a CF fold instead. I created the keyhole by making the same type of rectangular opening that you use for a welt pocket. This makes the opening a little wider than it would be if you had the seam but I can live with that. I used two rectangles of self fabric as the facings for the opening.

The CF keyhole is a rectangle like a welt pocket

Other than that, I sewed the raglan seams with a narrow (.5mm X 2.5 mm) zigzag stitch. I serged the side seams and I serged the neckline binding to the top. I used the same zigzag stitch to sew the hems and to topstitch the neckline.

Closer view of the neckline and topstitching

Likes/Dislikes: I love the lines of this top. It’s worth noting here that the two side keyholes make this top bra-unfriendly. If that makes a difference to you then you might want to consider sewing them shut. It’s exacerbated slightly by the fabric that I used, but I think you will find it even with an ITY jersey.

The way I worked with this print was to have the bottoms of the motifs hit in the same place, and match them at the side seams. The front is slightly longer than the back, thanks to the FBA, which adds both width and length. That’s why you see a little of the beige peeking at the bottom front and not the back. Here it is on Shelley:

I just love this print!

And I really like the shape of this top

Would you do it again? Would you recommend it? Yes and yes. The little snip of fabric that StyleArc sends as an example of the type of fabric to use is ITY jersey. I think I would use that next time, to give a different feel to the top.

Conclusion: I’m going to like wearing this in the cooler weather – it’s comfortable and chic, and the peekaboo keyholes are a fun touch!

Happy sewing!

Pattern Review: StyleArc Willow Pants


Pattern Description: From StyleArc’s website, Wonderful classic slim line woven pant featuring a side zip. This pant looks amazing worn with heels or worn casually with flats. Willow sits on the real waistline. Willow has positive ease of 2cm or ¾ inch as it’s a tailored slim line pant.

Adding to that, this pattern has front and back darts and side slits at the ankle.

Sizing: 4-30. I made a 10

Available as a PDF? Not currently

Fabric Used: Lightweight wool satin from Gorgeous Fabrics. This fabric is long since sold out, but you can see a Similar Fabric with a little Lycra Here.

Machines and Tools Used: Pfaff 2130, Juki MO-654DE serger, Naomi the Naomoto/board, tailor’s ham, silk organza press cloth.

Needle/Notions Used: Pro-Sheer Elegance interfacing from Fashion Sewing Supply. invisible zipper, button that was a gift from my friend Joanne in France, a couple of scraps of silk organza, thread.

Tips Used during Construction: The Case for Muslins, Anything by The Pressinatrix, Sew from Wide to Narrow (Video Version Here), and Sewing Invisible Zipper from The Sewing Divas.

Did it look like the photo or drawing when you got through? Yes

How were the instructions? They were adequate. This is StyleArc, so you need some confidence or experience. But honestly, as long as you know how to insert an invisible zipper, these pants are easy-peasy and go together without any problems. StyleArc rates them as medium on the difficulty scale. I think they are easy. There are no tricky design details, and like I say, if you know how to put in an invisible zip, the remainder of construction is a piece of cake.

Construction Notes: The part that took me the longest was making the muslin and adjusting for fit. These are quite close fitting, so you are best off doing a trial run. The fit is true to RTW size. I used the straight stitch for all seams and finished all edges with the serger.

Finished all SAs with the serger

I hand stitched the hems. I finished the slit’s raw edges with scraps of bias-cut silk organza.
But of course, you can’t see it

Closeup of the zipper and button

Likes/Dislikes: I like that this pant goes together very quickly and easily. It is beautifully drafted. It is quite fitted so make sure to match your measurements against the pattern (or use a stretch woven fabric for insurance). The only downside is that it has no pockets. These are dress pants the way I wear them, and I understand why they didn’t design them in – they’re supposed to fit closely and pockets would disrupt the line. But if you need them, I’d put pockets on the back (probably patch pockets).

Would you do it again? Would you recommend it? Yes and yes. This is a great pattern with good bones.

Conclusion: Another winner from StyleArc! Here are shots of the front and back (boring I know) on Shelley. I’ll get some on me at some point. I probably won’t wear these until the weather cools down.

Front

And Back

Closeup of the front darts

And how I’ll wear it

Happy sewing!

Pattern Review: Liesl & Co. Maritime Top


Pattern Description: From Liesl & Co.’s website, “This simple pull-on top is designed for knit fabrics with a little or a lot of stretch. View A features three-quarter-length sleeves while View B has short sleeves. Both styles include a bateau neck with topstitching detail and simple side vents, as well as a flattering fit.”

I made the ¾ length sleeve version. I will add that this pattern has a dropped shoulder, not obvious from the technical drawing, but clear if you look at the photograph, and obvious once you make it.

Sizing: 0-20. Based on my measurements I made a 10, straight out of the envelope.

Available as a PDF? Yes

Fabric Used: (Sold out, sorry) Striped reversible jersey in blue and white from Gorgeous Fabrics (of course). That’s sold out, but there are lots of alternatives Here.

Machines and Tools Used: Pfaff home machine, Juki home serger, Naomi the Naomoto, ironing board, shoulder stand, sleeve board.

Needle/Notions Used: Stretch 75/11 needle, scraps of fusible interfacing to stabilize the shoulders, thread. That’s it.

Tips Used during Construction: Pretty much anything by The Pressinatrix. Tips and Tricks for Sewing with Knits.

Did it look like the photo or drawing when you got through? It looked like the photo. A little less like the line drawing, which seems to show set in shoulders.

How were the instructions? They seemed good. I didn’t use them except to check the seam allowance and hem depths.

Construction Notes: I have only seen one review of this pattern anywhere online, and the lady who reviewed it noted that she didn’t like the facings and wished she had used bindings instead. Taking that to heart, I made a very simple binding for the neckline, using the reverse of the fabric.
Liesl Maritime Band Front

Liesl Maritime Band Back
If I do it again I’ll draft a band that hugs in a bit better at the shoulders. But this isn’t terrible.

I serged all the seams, and I finished the hems with a double needle.

The stripes on the side seams do match at the notch point. And here you can see the reverse of the fabric. Love it!
The stripes on the side seams do match at the notch point. And here you can see the reverse of the fabric. Love it!

Likes/Dislikes: Based on the measurements – both flat pattern and finished garment, I decided not to do a FBA/dart (the instructions are included in the pattern, thank you Liesl!) just to see how it looked. In retrospect I wish I had done the FBA/dart, and I would do it in the future. I like the fact that this version of a Breton top is bra-friendly. I’m not as wild about the fit. I don’t care for the dropped shoulder, and even with a dart it seems to have more ease than I like in a top like this. But if you like a looser-fitting top and you like a shoulder line that is dropped, then this is a very good choice and an easy garment to sew in just a couple of hours.

Would you do it again? Would you recommend it? Hmmmmm. I doubt I’ll make it again. It’s a decent top. And like I say, it suits a certain style. Don’t get me wrong – it has good bones and it’s good for a lot of folks, but I like the shape of the New Look pattern I made better. Here are pictures on Shelley:

Front
Front
Back
Back

Conclusion: A nice basic, loosely fitted top.
Happy sewing!

Pattern Review: McCalls 6559 Maxi Dress

a.k.a. Zip zap zum

Pattern Description: (From McCalls website)MISSES’UNLINED JACKETS AND DRESSES: Close-fitting, unlined jacket in 2 lengths has front extending into single-layer tie ends(wrong side shows). Very close-fitting, pullover dresses. E and F: front seam detail, bias upper/middle fronts, and lower front/back (cut on crosswise grain of fabric. All have narrow hems.

I made View D, the plain and simple maxi dress.

Sizing: 6-22

Available as a PDF? Yes

Fabric Used: Chevron print abstract smooth faced jersey from Gorgeous Fabrics (naturally). It’s sold out, but You Can Find Similar Here.

Machines and Tools Used: Pfaff 2130 sewing machine, Juki home serger, Naomi the Naomoto iron, pressing ham, shoulder stand.

Needle/Notions Used: Stretch 75/11 needle. Scraps of interfacing for stabilizing the shoulder seams, thread. That’s all.

Tips Used during Construction: And Now, a Word from the Pressinatrix

Did it look like the photo or drawing when you got through? Yes

How were the instructions? I didn’t really use them. I took a cursory look at them and they seem fine.

Construction Notes: It doesn’t get easier than this. Cut out, sew side seams, make narrow hems at neckline, armholes and bottom hem. Done.

I serged the side seams, and I used a narrow (1mm by 3mm) zigzag stitch for the hems all around.

I have a technique for narrow hems that helps me keep them even. Before I start on them, I sew a line of basting stitches at the 5/8 inch (in this case) hemline. That serves as an exact guide when I fold my hems and it keeps the hemlines from getting all ripply.

Closeup of the neckline.
Closeup of the neckline.

 

 

With a closeup of the inside finishing
With a closeup of the inside finishing

Likes/Dislikes: Do you want an easy, simple pattern that sews up in under an hour from start to finish? Here you go. I wanted a cool easy dress for summer. This fits the bill perfectly. And since JoAnn had McCalls patterns on sale at 5 for $7 this past weekend, the timing couldn’t have worked out better.

No real dislikes.

Would you do it again? Would you recommend it? Yes and yes. I’m serious when I say this is about as easy as it gets. Here it is on Shelley

Front
Front
and Back
and Back

Conclusion: What’s not to love? It’s easy, it’s quick, it’s comfortable. Great for summer!

Here’s a fun challenge. Anyone notice anything about this dress? My rendition, I mean, not the pattern in general.

Anyone?
🙂
Happy sewing!

Pattern Review: New Look 6838

I’ve been hankering to make a Breton-style top for summer. I love Jean Paul Gaultier’s tops, but I can’t afford one unless I hit the lottery, so I did a search on the web for a pattern. I was almost resigned to shelling out a fair amount of cash for an indie pattern when I stumbled across a (new to me) blog called Jet Set Sewing. Voila! The blogger had done all the work for me. I love when that happens, don’t you? Thank you, Jet Set Sewing!

When I saw the New Look pattern I knew I had hit pay dirt. I know what adjustments I need to make to Simplicity/New Looks, so I was off.

Pattern Description: From Simplicity’s website, “Misses Separates Misses Pants and Knit Tops.

Wow, that’s really helpful… not. How about this instead: Misses knit tops with neckline and sleeve variations. Woven drawstring pants in two lengths.

I made view A, the bateau neck top with bracelet length sleeves.

Sizing: XS to XL (translates to 6-24). I made a Small.

Available as a PDF? Yes.

Fabric Used: Striped cotton/lycra beefy jersey from Gorgeous Fabrics (natch). Alas, it’s sold out, but you can see Similar Fabrics Here.

Machines and Tools Used: Juki home serger, Pfaff home machine, Naomi the Naomoto iron, pressing ham, shoulder press.

Needle/Notions Used: Stretch 75/11 needle, double needle of indeterminate size (it was floating free in my needle drawer. Two scraps of fusible interfacing to stabilize the shoulder seams, thread.

Tips Used during Construction: Tips and Tricks for Sewing with Knits, And Now, a Word From the Pressinatrix, Can 4 Way Stretch Eliminate the Need for an FBA, How To Flat Set a Sleeve

Did it look like the photo or drawing when you got through? Yes

How were the instructions? They are fine. I checked them but I didn’t use them. This is a very straightforward pattern and it goes together very easily.

Construction Notes: This pattern is super easy. I made it, from start to finish, in under an hour. I serged all the seams, and I used the double needle for the hems and necklines. Rather than set in the sleeve after sewing the side seams, I set it in flat. I made a FBA. Rather than cut the front on a fold, I mirrored the pattern with a piece of tracing paper, making it a full front piece. This allowed me to see exactly how I was laying it out on the stripes.

Likes/Dislikes: Easy, classic, well-drafted. What’s not to love? One thing that I really like about this pattern is that the back has a CB seam, allowing you to fit it better than a piece that is cut on the fold. Nicely done, New Look!

Would you do it again? Would you recommend it? I definitely will do it again and I do recommend it. This is a great pattern, it’s readily available and it’s inexpensive. All great things for a wardrobe builder. I think the next one I make with this pattern will be the sleeveless version. I need a bunch of tops for summer and this pattern will help fill that need.

Conclusion: Love it! I’ll wear it today, but in the meantime here are pictures on Shelley

Front
and Back

Hapy sewing!