Back to the Alma.
I've admired every one of these cute tops that popped up on patternreview.com
I figured I'd give it a go because I'm totally a pear shaped gal and Sewaholic tailors to my shape.
The instructions are clearly laid out and only on the back side of the sheet so you think it is fast and easy. Don't be fooled though! There are multiple things to do within each step. I was very disappointed in the zipper explanation "sew invisible zipper on left side." Um. ok. new to me and that is all I get? I resorted to using my "Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Sewing" from like 1974 or something. It was perfect in picture and explanation. I did have to unpick the zipper two freaking times before getting it right. Honestly, I didn't know to iron/push over the coils on the darn zipper before sewing it. It was my first time! but after I tried to zip it to no avail, it was like a light bulb. Once I knew how the thing worked I understood what I was doing wrong.
It comes with sizes 0-16. My measurements put me exactly at a 10 (shocking that I wasn't in between sizes!). I cut and sewed an 8 because others on PR were saying it was a little large. I used 2 yards of 44" wide fabric for View A. Pattern calls for exactly that. I also used a 12'-14" invisible zipper - it was all wal-mart had and shortened it. I'm sure I ended up with a 12" zipper in the end.
I wasn't sure if I wanted to use the belt or not. With the floral fabric the belt gets a bit lost but in this picture below I kind of like it
(my funny stiff pose and the 3 onlooking stuffed animals in the back. It was washing day for them so they are hanging out on the freezer to air dry - K sleeps with all of them... sigh and 4 mami's *blankets*)
I followed all directions. I like how things were laid out. I did change the interfacing/facing though. I used this cute technique here where you sew the interfacing on to the facing right sides together (fusible side up), and then flip it and then iron it on. It makes such a nice neat edge!
Also, Step 11, make sure to catch the ends of the sleeve caps in when you first sew the binding on; I also clipped the binding raw edge before flipping it inside after trimming the seam. Other changes: square shoulder adjustment to front/back bodice as well then as to the facings. Added 1" in length to the bodices. Sloped 1/2" out of back bodice and facing because I hate back neck gaping.
(inside view - see nice clean neck facing)
Fabric: 2 yards of a cute floral I have no idea when/where I got it. I know it's cotton - it is soft but not lawn or voile. I think it *might* have been a Mill End find for $3.95/yard.
(inside view at sleeves)
Outcome: LOVE IT! So cute. This is unlike anything in my closet. I usually wear knits so I like how different it is. The sleeve caps are a tad restricting but it is manageable. I would like to try it in a cotton with a bit of stretch, maybe even a sateen? I'm thinking cobalt blue with the belt added on too. I'd also like to try it in a seersucker and/or lawn. Oh the possibilities!
(is there a zipper in there?)
(yes there is!)
Changes for next time:
figure out why there are folds from bust to side of hip. Maybe too tight on hip? Maybe from swayback pooling in back?
address the swayback - can't ignore it in this shirt.
(bust to side of hip folds)
~ Happy Sewing! ~ Kristin ~