Eileen’s Pattern Review
Photo Credit Ann of Youtique Bridal
Description: MISSES’ TOP: Very loose-fitting top has collar, low armholes, asymmetrical
button closing and three-quarter length sleeves with button drape. Narrow hem. B:
back-buttoned drape. Front, back and sleeves extend into drapes.
Pattern Sizing: Combinations:
Y(XSmall-Small-Medium), ZZ(Large-XLarge-XXLarge) I made the Large, Version A.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were
done sewing with it? Yes I think
so. I used larger buttons than were
called for on the pattern envelope. The
buttons were found at the International Quilt Festival at Dusty’s Vintage
Buttons and Fabrics. They were vintage
buttons and a perfect match for the rose silk dupionni from Sew Much Fabric.
Were the instructions easy to
follow? The instructions were very easy to follow
and very clear. Just remember to read them!
The pattern instructions suggest using French seams (which I used) but
double check that your first seam sewn is ¼ inch from the seamline. I missed that on the shoulder seams, but
there was enough ease in the pattern that it all worked out.
What did you particularly like
or dislike about the pattern? I liked the
drape of the sleeves and hemline and the asymmetrical closing. I also liked the idea of turning this pattern
into holiday wear by using silk dupionni.
Fabric Used: Rose Silk Dupionni from Sew Much Fabric. This project was my attempt at sewing up
stash fabric, and making something for holiday wear. I had purchased this silk some time ago and
never finished the top and skirt I had originally planned. After working with the layout that requires
60 inch fabric and this silk is 45 inches wide I went back for yet another one
yard purchase from Roz. (All said I
think I bought 3 yards in 3 separate visits, 1 yard at a time.) When you shop
with one supplier the color match is still the same even if it is in your
collection for “a while.” The dupionni was underlined with silk organza. (I
can’t help underlining as it is part of my sewing lexicon now.) Underlining the
dupionni made it more stable to work with and gave me a surface to sew the hem
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Note to self is the
right and left facings ARE NOT THE SAME. Cut the pieces out on a single layer
of fabric and you won’t make my mistake.
I kept wondering why the right side did not lay as nicely as the left
and after I remade the right side, I checked the directions (and surprise it
was all right there.) I also found that
the collar was too big for the neck circumference so I had to reduce the collar
as well. (This was also a result of my sewing directly on my seamlines instead
of ¼ inch away BEFORE trimming.) This is a loose fitting pattern and not too
big in the shoulder which is slightly surprising based upon the pattern
pictures. The draped hemline is also
very flattering for a person with hips as it draws the eye away from your hips.
Would you sew it again? Would
you recommend it to others? I highly recommend this
pattern and hope to make View B in linen.
Styling Tips: Doesn’t the Mark Jacobs
clutch just look great with the rose silk dupionni? A little bit of sparkle is
never out of place in weekend glam dressing for a Sewing Fashionista.