Simplicity 1696 Amazing Fit Pants & RTW try-no-buy-shopping

My first fitted pair of pants! I honestly feel like a magician! And lol, yes, these photos were taken in a change room. I mentioned earlier that lighting at home is pretty bad. And I was on a try-no-buy-shopping expedition to try on different fits and styles before committing sewing time and grabbed the opportunity to take photos since I happened to be wearing my newly sewed pants. (I still need to redo the pants hook for the 3rd time though, the placement is not correct. Don’t mind the sitting-all-day-wrinkles either.)

For this being my first pair of fitted pants and fly front, I’m pretty damn proud! There are of course a lot of small mistakes and drafting errors introduced into it by myself. Like I had raised the rise by 1″ but you can see the pockets are folding in on itself. And I narrowed the leg and needed to take in the waist considerably, perhaps introducing an off grain twist to the legs? They don’t quite hang as well as a perfect pair of pants would. And comparing them to the RTW trousers below, those trousers seem to have a nice cut which makes the bottom of the leg look more “finished”. (I would say the other Ralph Pink trousers I sewed and narrowed also have the same problem, where the drape at the bottom just seems a bit off).  But hey, for my first time I should be quite gentle on myself, and proud even!

The blouse is RTW, bought last month. Random find, as it is a brand name I never heard of (and I don’t like their other items in the Zalando shop), and the viscose is super quality that actually resembles silk! The shirt is also surprisingly well sewn, at least from what I can see. I love the red trim plus the abstract print which makes it wearable with dark bottoms. Normally I feel overwhelmed in monochromatic looks.

I think Anushka Rees’ advice to try on clothing styles is a great one that I should have listened to sooner. It was quite eye opening to take objective photos of different items on. For instance,  the trousers: aside from them being a size too large, I hadn’t expected a pleated front to look so good! (I would reduce the height of the wide waistband however). The maxi skirt felt so nice and swishy on, I would have almost considered buying them but looking at the photo, they are super unflattering (eye bar to protect the innocent). The drop sleeve top is not as unflattering as I thought it would have been, though the drape maybe helps. And I think that I am a Soft Gamine looking at these photos – I often feel a bit squishy / overweight in the arms, and I see a lot of roundness to my features.

 

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My Sewing Pattern Review

Pattern Sizing:
The envelope recommended a size 12, and that’s what I cut out, and it worked fairly well except that I needed to take in the waist considerably and the hips only a little bit due to the stretch in the fabric.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, except the design changes I made (adding 1″ higher rise).

Were the instructions easy to follow?
They were really good! Especially as it was my first time making fitted pants.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Some other reviewers also said that the leg is not as slim as indicated by the picture (I took them in a bit by sewing the seam allowance slightly larger in the inside legs, though I wonder if this causes the leg to twist off grain?).

Because I tried to slim the leg and needed to take in the waist so much, the front yoke of the pockets became quite small. For a beginner sewist like myself, I wonder if this causes the leg to twist off grain?… My pants don’t seem to hang perfectly, though it’s difficult to say if this is due to other errors introduced by myself 🙂

They’re quite short – I added 1.5″ in length and I still feel they were a bit short (I’m only 5’5″). They’re also maybe a bit lower rise than what’s on trend now, so I tried to raise the rise by 1″, introducing some drafting errors into it I’m sure.

Fabric Used:
Cotton sateen with stretch

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
– Raised rise 1″ (I’m a beginner, so maybe I didn’t do it properly, as you can see the pockets are “folding in” on itself a bit).
– slimmed the leg slightly sewing a larger seam allowance on the inside of each leg
– skipped the fake welt pockets

Fitting changes made (some due to the stretch in the fabric):
– took in waist 1cm x 4(each of the 4 pieces)
– took in hips 0.5 cm x 4 pieces
– “flat butt” adjustment
– thin thigh adjustment 1cm back of each leg

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Despite the challenges, I will definitely make them again! I may need to look closer at the paper pattern and check the grain. I learned a lot by making these pants, and I’m pretty proud of these being my first fitted pants!

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Sewing, but not blogging

Yes, I’m still sewing, just terrible at blogging! Mainly it’s difficult to take nice photos in the dark Swedish winter in addition to the poor lighting situation we have at home. We are in desperate need of lamps! I took some quick snaps to spice up this blog post, since mediocre photos are better than none.

Successful recent makes:

  • Ralph Pink Coco Trouser. Will write a separate post about this later I hope…
  • self drafted top (I know it’s pretty hackish!) to use up a 60cm remnant I had after making the pants above.  I feel pretty unconfident with drafting my own patterns, since I don’t know what is “right” and “wrong”. I basically traced off and mashed together a shell top from Mango + a dolman sleeve maxi dress to make this.
  • I actually don’t wear these 2 together pieces… Previously I wrote about my Kibbe body type (Gamine), and it’s clear that contrasting top and bottom pieces, as well as tailoring looks best on my body. Wearing these 2 loose pieces together, I look like a Chinese grandmother XD

Underway:

  • Simplicity 1696 Amazing Fit Pants! The only thing left to do is the waistband, but I feel like a freaking magician after fiddling with the fit! Best of all they are FULL LENGTH!! Can’t buy anything in the stores which is full length at the moment, given the current cropped pant trend!

Wadders/WIP not blogged about:

 

  • yellow linen top (Burda 05/2012 #131) made of the same material as the yellow circle skirt which was also a wadder. Problem? Partly maybe because I used a fabric without body? But regardless, the cut, color, and material all combined looked soooo matronly, I tore it off my body as quickly as possible. I removed the sleeves but couldn’t bring myself to keep going on it – I might tackle it again later to deepen the neckline and finish off the back buttons…
  • white woven cotton top (using Burda10/2017 #111B as a basis) with self drafted boatneck and bell sleeves. Problem? The material is so stiff and wrinkles badly, and sits away from the body strangely. The button in back also unbuttons very easily. I have several more meters remaining of the fabric, which I intended to use for a shirtdress, but now I’m not so sure what I should do with the fabric given that it wrinkles so badly.

Sewing plans for 2019

Or at least the upcoming few months – most likely I will end up distracted and not making all of these… Plus there are more than I can make, given how slow I am – so difficult to narrow these down!

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  • Last year I said I wanted to repeat making patterns, to really cement the knowledge in my mind. Haven’t gotten around to it, given my slow sewing output, but at least I can do it this year!
  • Pants: with the current success with my pants, want to use the burgundy twill in my stash to make a 2nd pair! I also spotted a green linen that I had been searching awhile for… but white trousers are probably more wearable year round? But I don’t have a fabric for that yet…
  • Love the Seamwork Ruth dress which was just released. The fit of the dress on the model concerns me a bit though – so many wrinkles?! Need to find a fabric for this first anyway…
  • Pencil skirts: great palette cleansers, plus am buoyed by the success of my first pencil skirt!
  • Want a series of simple tops – sleeved (maybe will self draft based off some Burda patterns I’ve traced, since I don’t want to pay money for a new pattern). Sleeveless, but architectural – you can’t tell from the photo resolution, but I want something with some slightly unusual seaming construction. Therefore will probably need to draft my own. Wrap top – need to hunt down a pattern for this one! Or else try self drafting.
  • Cuter loungewear, like the BurdaStyle sweetheart bodice top.

Sew Frosting: Burda 3/2015 #116 and a scrap busting tie scarf

Behind on photographing 2 recent projects/pattern reviews, but in the meantime here are my quick sew frosting makes!

Sewing costumes are so much fun! I should really the same approach to sewing clothes – being fearless with cutting into fabric with 1cm seam allowances. After all, it’s only fabric!

Initially, for my upcoming work xmas party, I wanted to install battery powered string lights into the tulle skirt from last year. For the top, I used the bodice part of a Burda wedding dress 3/2015 #116  . But after sewing it up, I didn’t like how the skirt looked with the bodice, so I changed my plans. Since not many people will be dressing up, I wanted to really sew something that was more fun and joyful 🙂 And what’s more joyful than Santa!

Which calls for a red velvet 3/4 skirt trimmed in fur!! I used the handy 3/4 skirt tutorial on Miss Make. I don’t know why I put so much stock into sewing fear-mongering from what I’ve read on the web, but sewing with stretch velvet was absolutely no problem! I was worried that fabric wouldn’t have much body so I also sewed another crinoline underskirt, but in the end, I don’t think the skirt needs it since the fur on the bottom gives it volume without making my ass look big.

Pics!

And as an extra bonus sew, looking through my Pinterest boards, wanting to remix my existing wardrobe, I realized this scarf would so easy to sew!

Schoolgirl tie scarf

Using scrap twill viscose, I quickly sewed together a thin scarf, which I figured I could style in other ways. I found a Youtube tutorial on additional ways to style a scarf though my boyfriend wasn’t a fan of the “choker” styling which I liked 7 Ways to Tie a Thin Scarf

My Reservoir Dogs inspired outfit which I wore to my business casual office. Having “designer” in my job title I feel a bit more free to express myself through my clothes, though this was pushing the boundaries of my comfort zone. I did feel pretty cool though!

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Till next time!

Cat bomber

Another queue jumping sew! When I saw this fabric – a large print Asian lucky waving cat! – on Stoff och Stil, I knew I HAD to have it! I’m surprised at myself for spending the most per meter I have ever spent on fabric for a cat print of all things! Initially I was thinking about making a sweatshirt but my sister suggested a bomber jacket. I hesitated – aren’t bombers on their way out, considering they’ve been around pretty long?.. But I figured, I would get a lot more wear out of a zip-up, so bomber jacket it was!

As usual, I didn’t want to spend money on a pattern, so I tried searching Burda without too much luck. Most of their patterns had seamlines running through the body, which would interfere with this large print. Googling around I found a free pattern on Mood!

And as usual, I couldn’t help but be slightly disappointed at some parts of the jacket. (Why oh why am I so critical of myself/my work?!) The fabric was slightly thinner than expected, the collar was fidgety, maybe should have stabilised the lower hem, maybe should have sewn the lining after all (the jacket flips open easily, showing the pockets) etc etc. Overall, I suppose I do like it, and it makes me smile! Wore it for the first time today to my casual workplace – I thought it paired nicely with a red shift dress, for that kind of Asian minimalistic feel. Though looking at these photos, I realise my dress sticks pretty bad to my wool tights, making me look like I have a stomach – ack! – need to make sure I wear this dress with slippery tights or a slip! 😛

 

 

My Sewing Pattern Review:

Pattern Description:
Free pattern, reversible bomber jacket for men and women. Mood free reversible bomber jacket

Pattern Sizing:
Women size 0-16
Men size XXS-4X

I made a size 8 to have it slightly oversized.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, except I didn’t make it reversible.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Instructions on their website are sparse, though the pattern is free.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
+ LIKED:
+ Pattern is free!
+ unusual drafting, where the back is wider than the front (the armsyce has the side seam towards the front of the body), so that the pockets are better placed
+ Pattern was perfect for the large scale fabric I purchased

– DISLIKED:
– Uses a lot of paper, and not clear which pages to print out if you are only making the women’s or men’s jacket
– Tricky laying out the pattern since there are no alignment markings (most of the time, I could lay out the pattern by matching text/words, though in some cases it was “eyeballing”)
– Sizing chart is unclear whether it was “finished measurements” or body measurements, but I believe they are the finished measurements. I kept second guessing myself, tried to draft 1 size larger (since I had already cut out my size), and sewed with a smaller SA.
– SA was not clear (read in the comments that it was 1/2″)
– Bust dart on a bomber jacket seems strange (I removed it by pivoting it out).
– Didn’t realise that it was a v-neck (no line drawing) – I would have cut a round neck
– Others commented that it is slightly on the short side (I’m short waisted so it worked ok for me)
– The collar was a bit fidgety – I didn’t know if I was supposed to stretch the collar (and what length to cut) or not, so it ended up not laying quite flat on me.

Fabric Used:
French terry, knit jersey for the collar

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I skipped the reversible part.
I pivoted out the bust dart.
Shortened the sleeves 3″ and inserted long-ish rib knit cuffs.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I don’t need 2 of this jacket. If you’re looking for a free pattern, you might consider this one.

Ralph Pink Moda Dress Review

I’m not very good at this blogging thing, lol. No blog posts for a year and then 3 in one day 😀 One difficulty is that it’s difficult to take good photos – there aren’t many blank walls in our house, and generally it always feels quite dark. We definitely need to upgrade our lighting in every room. But now that my boyfriend is away on a trip for a week, I can take over the house and use it as my sewing studio!

The other difficulty is that I have always been uncomfortable being photographed. My awkwardness and discomfort shows. Well, I purposely cut my face out of the photos since I don’t do my makeup on the weekends. After trying to photograph 2 projects back to back, I actually feel slightly more comfortable. Looking at, and trying to evaluate the photos somewhat objectively, I realise being a bit more conscious of having better posture improves the photos 200%. Maybe I could also learn on working to “give face” in photos, but let’s take it one step at a time 🙂

Anyway, on to the review! I had been wanting to make this dress probably since I started sewing 2 years ago. I think it’s impractical with dresses outside of summer, but browsing the clearance fabrics at my local store, this stable, thin, stretch “denim” twill (probably viscose poly blend) jumped out at me. It would pair so cute with this pattern! And if you’re going to make a cute, impractical dress, you gotta go all the way and make it in white! 😉 I never buy white dresses due to risk of getting ruined – but when you sew, you can just sew another one!

The construction is fairly simple, though fitting was slightly challenging. I love the design and seamlines of the dress – most indie patterns are pretty basic and in my mind not worth paying for when I can trace a Burdastyle from the library for free.

Some fitting tips (or how I did it)
I put together the pdf, traced off a single size (I would need a smaller size for upper half, but figured it would be easier to fit if I traced a single size), tissue fit my bustform to check the general dimensions. I adjusted for my erect/short back. I noticed that the center front hips would need some additional width, and that my center front bust would probably need to be taken in.

To do a muslin fitting, I sewed all the pieces together, except for a 1″ SA pinned along the entire back, and divided the front with a 1.5″ SA. That way, I could get the muslin on, adjust from the front, and remove the back pins, and transfer the fitting adjustments back to my tissue pattern. Since the center is on the fold, I needed to do some pattern drafting adjustments to get more fullness in the hips. I didn’t want to mess with the design of the seams too much unless necessary (only adjusted for my erect/short back).

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Because the final fashion fabric was so stiff, I had excessive length/bubbling in the back and the bodice was “lifting up” causing gaping in the neckline, which I attempted to fix by taking up the shoulders and increasing the back center seam. Probably the fabric is not the ideal match for this pattern (the cotton bedsheet muslin sewed and draped perfectly), since there are some fit wrinkles in the back which I don’t know how to resolve. I probably need a sway back adjustment as well.

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Overall I think it is cute, but there are few fitting woes that I don’t know how to resolve (or maybe the fabric is a bad match for this pattern). On the bustform it looks great, so maybe the dress needs to be tighter, since it is a stretch twill?! But then again, my body is not covered in flocked velvet texture which can hold the dress in place 😉

 

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My Sewing Pattern Review: 

Pattern Description:
The minimalistic Moda dress will add a subtly demure element to absolutely any occasion with clean, sharp lines and curved cap sleeves. Featuring a plunging square neckline and delicate piping that contours the body, the wearer can make full use of the nipped in waist for a more modern, feminine look. Experiment with colour-blocking dress panels and contrasting piping to create a more statement piece, and to enhance that all important body-shaping aesthetic.

Pattern Sizing:
UK 4 – 16 (EUR 32 – 44 / US 0 – 12)
I sewed a UK 8/EUR 36/US 4 according to my measurements, but I needed to grade up the hips during the muslin making process. When I looked back on the sizing chart, I realised that the sizing chart was based on finished garment measurements (oops)! I missed that since I usually wear European size 36, so be aware that his pattern sizing has minimal ease.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, the line drawing, although I skipped the piping.
I also added pockets.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
The construction of the dress is fairly straightforward, although there were some misprint/typos in the labelling of pattern pieces. The front side pieces are actually the back side pieces and vice versa. Also, when tissue fitting the pattern together, the front side piece was “mirrored” (had to place with print side facing in). There was one pattern piece where marking lines were missing.

For a beginner (and an “indie” pattern), the instructions are quite sparse. He didn’t explain how to finish the top of the invisible zipper in the side seam, though I suppose if you are experienced that is not a problem (I tried to search online and fairly certain that I did it not do it in the proper way…)

I actually changed the order in which I sewed certain seams in order to make additional fit adjustments.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
The pattern itself is beautifully drafted and designed! Really brilliantly designed so that the darts and shaping become unusual design elements. The pattern pieces consist of many straight lines, which is perfect for beginners like me – and sewing it together was really fun and satisfying due to all the seams coming together like magic!

One major drawback for beginners is that you will need to have some understanding of pattern grading to get a good fit, due to the mystical shaping/darting/seaming, it is not so easy to “just draw a smooth line between” to grade between sizes on the flat pattern.

** fitting tips above **

Fabric Used:
Stretch cotton viscose poly twill (almost like lightweight stretch denim) that was on sale! Probably not ideal for this project as mentioned.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Fitting adjustments as mentioned.
Added pockets, lengthened the dress 3 cm though it’s still a touch short.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
As mentioned, this is technically an easy sew, although fitting requires some pattern drafting understanding. I’ve read reviews that his patterns are more geared towards slimmer body types, so this pattern may be a bit challenging to fit.

I will DEFINITELY sew this in more fabrics! Would like to try it with contrast piping, in a jacquard or silk, in chambray, in print… It’s so cute, and the fit is coming along. I’ll just need to figure out how to vary the design a little so that it becomes less obvious that I’m sewing the same pattern 🙂

My new doll + learning to fit!

I took the plunge! I had been toying with the idea of a bustform, and saw someone selling a “Petite” bustform secondhand in Stockholm fairly cheap. Perfect! (since I have a really narrow ribcage) Though the logistics of getting there would be a bit difficult. Well anyway it sold pretty fast, but by that point I had already been fantasising about what it would like to own one.

A few weeks later, someone was selling a “small” bustform in my town – a little less than ideal given the size, but I figured it was good enough. Besides, I can always resell it if it really didn’t work out. Anyway, by the time I took her home, I was in love 😀

I honestly never thought I could get so much happiness from an object, but there is something reassuring about it. She’s (nearly) my body twin, and somehow I feel more happy about my body.

To better understand how the lines of my body match up with the bustform, I started working with a Palmer Pletsch fitting sheath pattern (McCall’s 7279) which I had in my stash. I hadn’t had a lot of motivation to sew a sheath, since it’s a bit on the formal side for my office.

I worked through the bodice using old ripped bedsheets. I learned so much about my body flaws unique quirks:

  • narrow back and shoulder
  • short/erect upper back
  • hollow chest
  • high bust apex
  • swayback
  • forward shoulder
  • (no front waist dart – round belly)

The number of adjustments is probably also due to working with a size 10 (if I had started with the size 8, probably would not have needed so many adjustments).

I’m absolutely astounded to find out that my upper back is so flat and short compared to the “standard” size. I tried on a RTW sheath dress that I (believed) fit me like a glove and have received many compliments on, and sure enough, there is a huge bubble of fabric floating above my upper back. Now that I’m starting to learn about fitting issues, I can’t unseen them! I also finally understood why RTW button up shirts (particularly Zara) are always too low cut on me.

I bought a really cheap clearance fabric while on vacation in northern Sweden, from a store known for being “the best” in Sweden according to some. Well, when we arrived there, they were experiencing a blackout, but I was determined to buy something. What I didn’t realise was that the 5m end of roll bargain fabric I bought was full of flaws. I thought I could still eke out a wearable muslin, envisioning something like this:

Victoria Beckham green sheath&Other Stories sheath

But the fabric started to look pretty awful, resembling a uniform/pinafore from the 1970s. So I abandoned it and cut my losses. Perhaps if I get inspired by a fabric I might start this again, but I mostly wanted to start on a looming Ralph Pink dress project in the queue.

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My sewing pattern review:

I’m really interested in improving the fit of my clothes, and the Palmer pletsch method really intrigues me, although their courses are expensive. (I own the Fit for Real People book) When I found out that they produced teaching patterns, I thought it was worth a try to try to learn it on my own!

Pattern Sizing:
I had a lot of trouble selecting a size – the envelope suggested 12, I made a size 10, but with all the adjustments I made, if I made the 8 it would have made my life much easier :/

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
I didn’t finish the project.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Generally yes. Since it is a fitting pattern, there are many, many steps! I really needed to refer to the book Fit for Real People several times during the process, so the pattern itself is not all encompassing, though it may get you a better fit than if you had not tried at all.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I liked the lines on the pattern, they helped reinforce the knowledge and principles which I had been struggling with.

The entire process was quite draining and tedious as a beginner, and very difficult to fit on my own. However, I came away with a lot of new knowledge about the types of adjustments I might need (particularly in the bodice)! I felt like tissue fitting the skirt was not very helpful, or maybe my lower body dimensions are already quite typical, at least in a skirt. While working on this project, I purchased a secondhand bustform, which was a great help.

Changes to the pattern?
I drafted a portrait neckline, which I think will be more flattering, though I didn’t carry out the project to the end.

Fabric Used:
I made several muslins out of an old cotton bedsheet. The green fabric I got on super cheap clearance, but realised when cutting out, it was cheap because the fabric was full of flaws. By the time I started sewing it together, I decided to abandon the project since the fabric quality really didn’t look as good as I imagined it would – it started to look like a uniform from the 1970s :/

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Now that I have my basic bodice and the idea for the end result, I will probably sew it in a nicer fabric, though I need a break from the project.

I would recommend this together with the Fit for Real People book.

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Burdastyle 02/2018 #107 Twisted Jersey Top

After the tediousness of the shirtdress, I needed a palette cleanser!

I’m lucky that my library carries Burdastyle magazines, which is great for queue-jumping inspiration. Their section with “outdoorsy, casual” styles appealed to my desperate need for cute, practical, casual clothes. This one in particular jumped out at me:

Burdastyle Twisted Jersey top

It must have been fate or serendipity, since I had a green jersey that had been sitting in my stash for 2 years… I bought it on a fabric shopping spree in Stockholm when I had just started sewing, since we only have 1 fabric (chain) store in my town. I had some looming guilt about the fact I’ve only sewn 2 pieces from the haul of 8 (?) fabrics. I even had the price tag still on and was shocked at what I had paid, $15USD/m… Fabric is expensive in Sweden! Makes me wish I had gone on a bigger fabric spree when I was in New York last Christmas 😉

So much to like about the pattern – knits + forgiving fit + forgiving structure + just 2 pieces = speedy! Even if my sewing construction was slightly off (as it always is) you wouldn’t be able to tell. I also love asymmetrical cuts since they look so *fancy*! 😀

I was nervous about sewing with knit jersey for the first time. Digging around my sewing room I found a small stash of different sewing needles which I had forgotten I had bought! Since I have a vintage Husqvarna, I was unsure if the needles would even work. Investigating further online, I read that stretch needles don’t work well on vintage machines 😦 So I used a sharp, new needle – and you know what? Why was I so scared to sew with knits?! It was probably the easiest sew I’ve had in awhile! And the twin needle for finishing the hem – WHAT KIND OF MAGIC IS THIS??!!

I think this might look cool in a Breton stripe jersey! Not sure if it’s too recognisable to have 2 shirt styles which are so similar. Although, before I started sewing, I occasionally bought 2 of the same style garment if I really liked it – I suppose I’m just self conscious that other people who know I sew will look at it and think – “oh that must be homemade?!”

My review on Pattern Review: 

Pattern Description:
It looks complicated, though it is truly a gem to sew. This jersey top with the bateau neckline and the offset sleeve seam is a quick sewing project that will be a wardrobe favorite right away.

Pattern Sizing:
Made a straight size 36, skipped grading up the hips since the fit is really forgiving

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?
Yes. I didn’t read the other reviews, but make sure to mark all seams as well as sides (wrong/right side), otherwise you might not be able to puzzle it together.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
So fast and easy, as the top is just 2 pieces! I really recommend this pattern for beginners – this was my first project with jersey and I don’t know why I was so afraid of it! No fitting adjustments, no zig zag finishing… this was speedy! Was a great palette cleanser after struggling through a shirtdress. The longest step was probably figuring out how to sew the “sides”! But once I figured it out, it was so satisfying!

The design is really unique, (flattering too I think) and the shirt is so comfy!

Only dislike is that the neckline could be a little “tighter” – it tends to just flop out, since it is only turned under.

Fabric Used:
Cotton jersey I had in my stash for the past 2 years! By coincidence it’s the same green hue as what the model is wearing in the magazine… or maybe when I spotted it, it was serendipity that I needed to sew it.

I managed to squeeze the fabric out of 1.2m x 150cm/60″ wide fabric, so if you are on the smaller size range it might be good to know that you can squeeze it out of less fabric!

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Accidentally forgot to add the correct arm hem seam allowance, so it’s a little shorter in the sleeves.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes, I recommend it highly! I might sew it in a stripe jersey, although it’s a rather unique design to have 2 of this style. The top is rather long, it could almost be a dress, so that is another option.