This top was completed around a week ago. When I first finished it off, I wasn’t happy with the neckline or hem. I was almost ready to give it away. But the next morning I gave it another press, and hey bingo, it’s a keeper!
The pattern is Vogue 8771, and I think that I bought the double sided with different widths stripe fabric from Darn Cheap Fabrics (not on sale – yes, I do also buy their fabric at their full price, not always from the $2 per metre table…).
The good points about this pattern:
- great for stripe play
- dolman/batwing sleeves that incorporate princess seaming for the bodice
- fashionable high-low hemline (also known as a “mullet” hemline)
- perfect with skinny jeans or pants
- only four pattern pieces!
My alterations: shortened through the body at the alteration points about an inch. I made the “Medium” size. I used Vliesofix Tape to secure the hems (neck, sleeves and body) before stitching them with a zig-zag stitch on the sewing machine. Other seams were overlocked.
What I’d do differently next time:
- do a google search before cutting out and sewing together, not after
- cut the cuffs double with the hem on the fold
- add a band around the neckline – it’s a very wide and open neckline, and would look better brought in a bit. Far too open for a winter top – very chilly!
So, will I make it again? Absolutely!