Saturday, 26 September 2009

Wardrobe Comp Review - Simplicity 3800

Pattern Description:
Twist front t-shirt with cap sleeves. This is a fairly unflattering picture, the flash bounced off all the wrong places!

Pattern Sizing:
I cut a 12.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, definitely

Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions were fine. I don't sew a lot of knits but it was pretty straightforward. I did iron on bias tape to the front and back necklines to stabilise them. The twist is cute but it was a PITA to sew right up close to it, there is just such a lot of fabric at the intersection. I ended up taking a few hand stitches to close the opening up tighter. The picture below has a pin in it, if you look closely you can see the bump.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like the twist which makes it a bit more than a standard t-shirt. The cut of it is flattering too, good at disguising the 'fluff'. I didn't like that my hem ended up a bit ripply - not too bad but not perfect either, so I stabilised the sleeve hems with a double sided iron on tape. Next time I will cut the sleeves twice and make a lining.

Fabric Used:
It's a polyester jersey with the brand name 'cavalli'. It's a lovely medium weight jersey that doesn't cling.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
I made a sway back adjustment and narrowed the upper center back by 3cm at the neck tapering to nothing at the waist. These are alterations I make to most patterns. I didn't do an fba as I couldn't work out how on earth I could do it! It fits okay in the bust though.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes to both.

This was a quick and easy top with a flattering result.


Ann's Fashion Studio said...

I love the color and the twist - this tee looks very stylish.

HeathersSphere said...

Sharp looking top! Very nice color and style on you! You achieved a lovely fit.

Sue said...

You are going great guns on this wardrobe plan! I have sewn a few things in Cavalli - it is a great fabric.

Margaret said...

I've made a couple tops from this same pattern and I, too, had to use handstiching to make the twist lie better. You did a beautiful job with your twist.