I decided that it would try to give this weekly feature thing a try (check out my blog this Wednesday too!) to see if I could publish posts more regularly (or at least, when I’ve made something… by Monday). Anyhow, after I made the Cowl’d Maxi Dress, I had about a yard and a half of that chevron jersey left over, so just about enough to make a shirt. Yay!
I dug around in my hoard collection of patterns to find something that would work with the print. I found Simplicity 1805, which is a pretty loose fitting top pattern, and one of them has cold shoulders, which I guess is kind of on trend right now… maybe?
Super loose fitting pullover knit top with cold shoulders.
Based on my bust measurement and considering that this top has so much ease, I made a small. Yep, a small. And it’s pretty dang loose.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Ehhhh, kind of. The picture on the pattern envelope makes the sleeves look a lot looser than they actually are, at least, on the small. Maybe my biceps are getting beefy from all the bicep curls, or something. (No, not really).
Were the instructions easy to follow?
For the most part, I kind of did a couple things my own way, to give parts a better finish.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
There were only four pattern pieces, so that was pretty nice. There was a collar band, so that was pretty awesome. Didn’t like the flappiness of the cold shoulder fold-over, and didn’t like the instructions for finishing the collar band.
Remaining chevron fabric that I used with the Cowl’d Maxi Dress.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made
So, just like with the cold shoulder dress I made for Maranda, Simplicity had this flap that would fold over and flap around if not tacked down in some way. Not really a design change, just a slight deviation from the pattern instructions where I used some Steam-a-seam to keep the cold shoulder flap down. Also, I didn’t like the instructions for attaching the collar band. Would have been pretty easy if I had a cover stitch machine (or a magical serger with cover stitch), but alas, I don’t. So I folded under the collar band on the inside, and stitched through. Also, finished the hem of the shirt with a double needle (because it looks as fancy as cover stitch).
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yeah, it’s a good pattern, and there’s a couple other styles that would work well for other closet staples. If someone wanted to do the cold shoulder style, I’d suggest to them to make sure to finish the shoulder flap on the sleeve.
It was a quick sew (took me a couple hours on a Sunday to make from cut to finish), and I like that I now have a cold shoulder shirt and was able to use up the rest of my fabric. Patterns provide a good guide for a style, but it’s up to you to use your own techniques to sew your garment to your liking, and that’s what I’ve been doing more of these days, so I’m happier with the garments I make.Share on Facebook