Added Jul 21, 2010
After being frustrated by several sewing “flops” I decided to attempt to copy this pattern without buying it. Looks simple enough on the envelope… I took a button-up shirt pattern that I’ve used in the past and that fits well. I retraced it with modifications and here is the result.
I ran out of fabric, so I had to piece together the neck ruffle from several separate sections. This was somewhat unfortunate, because I had to play with the ruffles a lot to get them to lay right and not show the seams. It worked okay, but not perfect.
I like that this top is more fitted in the front since I added the darts. The back is very loose fitting so that I can still pull it over my head. I might add ties to the back so that it is not so billowy. Also, I’ve never tried to match the pattern on a plaid before, but somehow plaid matches up on the front darts… and I didn’t even consciously try to make it that way. Yay!
Overall, I would call this a pseudo success. I will probably wear it, but I think the fabric is not quite right. It’s very soft – maybe a flannel? I seem to have trouble picking the right fabric for the right pattern. Then again… all we have in my town is Joann’s, and they don’t offer much.
1. Making your own pattern is definitely doable, especially if you have an existing pattern to work with.
2. Running out of fabric = pain in the tuckus
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