I have about three long-sleeved casual tops – football, football and Canadian Olympic Team. I wanted something new and normally I’d go shop for something at the January clearance sales, but I shopped my pattern and fabric stash instead.
This pattern was issued in 2008 and is now out of print. I bought the variety of interesting shapes that would work with jerseys and knits. I chose View C.
From Fabric Mart Fabrics, one of Julie’s Swatch Club picks last summer. It was $5 a yard, and I only used 1 1/2 yards so this was a frugal make. There’s a yard left for something else.
The only real discovery with the fabric is how much it rolls on both the vertical and horizontal. Otherwise, it was easy to work with, and it’s a great weight for cooler weather.
One of the reviews I read said that the shoulders were narrow, so I cut an 18 and did a small pivot to increase the bust a bit.
I thought this was going to be such a quick make until I got to the collar.
Look at these instructions:
What exactly are you supposed to do with the pressed edges of the collar? They’re just left flapping in the wind.
I tried folding to bring the fold lines to the neck seam, but that didn’t work. I left the pattern and came back again the next day, and the next. Apparently it’s supposed to be left just folded in. So I cover stitched to finish the unfinished edge. Please, if you see something else in the instructions, let me know so I can clean my glasses and look again.
The second oddity is the sides. I like the shaping provided by the side gusset but to have it extend about 3/4″ is just strange. But okay, good opportunity to use the cover stitch.
Experienced sewists, is this underarm portion of the gusset intended to prevent the bodice from shifting when you lift your arms? Or is it just a design element?
I suppose this may contribute to the armscye fitting snugly, but it made fitting the sleeves difficult (and they are quite tight).
Do I like it? It’s just okay. Were it not for the fabric (which I like), I wouldn’t have finished. I’ve worn it twice now and both times I spent the whole time smoothing the collar because it rolls around to show the ‘raw’ edges (which I did cover stitch).
Would I use the pattern again? Nope. It just wasn’t worth the hassle.
Bottom line is that I’ll wear this top but the pattern is in the bin. So not really a fail, but not a winner, either. I’ll wear it through the cold weather, but suspect it will be on a Goodwill rack near you come May.
A rare unhappy sewing experience 😦