Last week I shared a few pictures from the August Knip Mode issue. I already said that I liked this top and I had to try it.
The fabric I bought very cheap last year in a sale, and I used it knowing that if it failed, nothing really was lost. And lost it is.
From the line drawing and most of the pictures in the magazine I had the impression there was a little overlap center front below the tie. This is not the case, which isn’t necessary bad, but something to be aware of.
A more major point is that the angle of tie and center front seems to be a 90 degree angle in the line drawing.
This is the pattern piece for it. You can see the angle is different. The part left of the red marking has to be gathered, then it is folded back to the center front.
At this point I had read the instructions for construction and thought it would be allright after sewing it together.
Well: no, it doesn’t. See the strange angle of the front? I did clip the corner but it just will not sit properly and there is a pleat forming under the collar. My second attempt on the other side went together more smoothly (I changed the way of putting it together a bit) but has the same issue.
The side view is not too bad, and the back needs some more shaping. That will not be difficult, there are two darts in the back that I can sew a bit deeper.
First impression of the pattern: it is not drafted well, or am I missing somehing? I think the angle of the neckline to the center front should be 90 degrees.
Otherwise I’m happy with the fit. This is a straight size 40, only tapered to 42 at hip height. The back issue is a problem with my figure, not the pattern. Perhaps I’ll pick this pattern up in August again, because apart from the front issue, I still like it.
And I forgot to answer a question from Jane. She asked whether the Vogue/Mc Call’s catalogues contain patterns. Well, I’m not really the right person to ask, as I don’t have any of these, but from what I read about them they’re just catalogues, no patterns included.