Tuesday, June 17, 2008

BWOF 6/08 #124 Knit Top with Gathers

Pattern Description: T-shirt with "clever gathers and mock wrap over front." I don't think it looks like even a "mock wrap," but I'll agree on the gathers.

Pattern Sizing: 34-42. I made my standard BWOF 38.

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? Surprisingly so for BWOF. The pattern was also pretty intuitive, so I just checked in with them every so often to make sure I wasn't lost.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I didn't give this pattern a second glance in the magazine - the description sounded interesting but the photograph really didn't show any of the details. I decided to give it a shot because of the drawing, and then before I'd even gotten mine cut out the reviews started appearing on PR and I knew I'd made the right choice.

Fabric Used: Poly lycra jersey from Gorgeous Fabrics called "Me and my Medallions." Yummy, and the perfect weight - the really lightweight jerseys get sucked into my sewing machine and sometimes fight back when I use the double needle, but this was not only gorgeous but cooperative.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: None, really. Like Gelbean, I didn't like the facings, but I think I finally got them to stay put. There's always topstitching, which may happen in the end. I was planning on making this as a sleeveless top, and I saved cutting the sleeves for last, but it turned out I had enough fabric for sleeves after all. In my air-conditioned office, that's probably a plus.

It went together really easily - sometimes BWOF patterns have a little too much personality of their own but this really wanted to be sewn up. Also, lots of BWOF tops lately have been too short, but this one was a great length and I didn't need to add to it.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I would definitely make another one of these, maybe in a solid color. The top has nice details, and the gathers on the sides are flattering - and fairly concealing.

Conclusion: A quick and easy top that doesn't look particularly quick or easy.


toy said...

This came out great, at first I couldn't see the gathers in the photo but I see them, very cute

Kitty Couture said...

A great top, with an extra something to make it special!

Claire said...

The top looks fantastic!! The fabric is beautiful made up. I just pulled out my 6/08 WOF and I agree with you about how cute the top is. Thank goodness for line drawings in WOF.
I had this fabric in my cart several times over the past couple of weeks. I finally bought it yesterday after reading your initial post, going to the site, and finding out there were only 9 yrds left. Now, to see it made up (so quickly) I'm happy I succumbed to the temptation.

laura said...

I'm so glad you made this top. Actually, this one did catch my eye in the magazine and seeing how yours turned out makes me want to give it a try. For some reason I have difficulty sewing with jersey and I've tried both ballpoint and stretch needles. I've yet to use a double needle because in my book that means double trouble! Oh well!

Cennetta said...

Cute Top. Man are you fast! I think I've had my BWOF 6/08 a week.

Cennetta said...

Cute Top. Man are you fast! I think I've had my BWOF 6/08 a week.

Carolyn (Diary of a Sewing Fanatic) said...

That is such a cute top and the fabric makes it sing!!!

Gorgeous Things said...

Oh - wonderful job!!! I have that BWOF. I need to get off my butt and make that top.