I am happy to report that I have completed my first sewing project for 2011. This was a quick and easy top from McCall's. I recently went shopping at Joann's while in Vermont. Vogue and McCall's patterns are on sale, so I picked up a few (okay, quite a few...). This project is actually being voted on as one of PatternReview's Top 10 patterns for 2010. I'd have to say that it gets my vote!
I am focusing on sewing with a purpose (SWAP) this year and this bill. Since I am still nursing, you can tell I am even larger on top (I didn't think that was even possible! lol). This top will be perfect for work, under a dark cardigan or jacket.
Here's the details:
Pattern Description: Top A has front and back stitched pleats, front drape, lapped back and extended shoulder seams; top B has stitched front pleats and drape; top C has front drape and contrast loops. I made view B.
Pattern Sizing: I made a size medium. (There were a lot of reviews stating how large the sizes ran, but when I looked at the actual pattern pieces, they gave the finished bust measurements, which appear to be accurate. For size B, this translated into me making a medium. If I were to make view A, I would need to make a small according to the finished measurements).
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?: Yes. Very much so!
Were the instructions easy to follow?: Very easy. You can glance over them and put the instructions away.
Fabric: A knit fabric from the remnant section at Joann's Fabric.
Pattern Alterations: None
Would I sew this again?: Yes. This is a great shell to go under other items for layering. I also want to try view A, which is a nice style for going out.
Conclusion: A quick and easy project that will get a lot of use in my soon-to-be updated closet.