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Friday, August 21, 2009

Summer Top

Pattern Description: Misses sleeveless top in two lengths. Pattern Sizing: 8-18
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes
Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions were super easy. I didn't really need them.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I liked how quickly this top came together (that is if you don't count the weeks it sat in the UFO pile). I wish they would figure out how to consistently design this style of top so that it would cover bra straps. I guess you can guess that this one did not.

Fabric Used: I used a polyester charmeuse that I got really cheap from I actually bought this particular print to practice on on my new machine and serger before sewing on the prints I really liked but as this shirt shaped up, I started to really like it.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: There were no major design changes, however I did do an FBA and added 2 inches to the side seams. There was some wierd thing happening with the facings sticking out of the armscye but that could have been me so I just trimmed the facings back and serged the edges. I also made the top the length of view A because I can't stand wondering if my skin is showing when I raise my arms, but used the design elements of view B.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? With a good strapless bra (nearly impossible to find in my size) or with some alteration to the design of the straps, I would definitely make this again.

Conclusion: This top is cute, great for hot weather and is simple and quick to construct. This is a great pattern for the beginning sewist. This was also my first go around with the rolled edge which turned out pretty good. Overall, I'm really happy with this project.

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