Outcome & Notes (Top 001d)

This shows the original concept drawing and a photo of me wearing the garment.  Scroll down for some notes about how happy I am with this particular pattern, whether I would use it again, etc.

top 001d concept and outcome


  • The top is comfortable (as it's very loose everywhere but around the neckline) and I love wearing it around the house, but there are a few ways I'd make it different and better. (i.e. I wouldn't make it again as is).
  • I added in some fullness at the CB in the bodice piece (not the back yoke), and it ended up too much fullness there. 
  • Because I changed my design at the last minute (chose to put in lining instead of using bias), my straps ended up too thin.  When I say "too thin", I mean that in two ways.  Firstly it made it too hard to sew, and secondly my bra strap tends to show.
  • When I starting drafting the pattern for this and I moved the side seam dart into the design line, I immedatiely thought the the pattern would be better with a pricess line in the bodice.  I did makeanother sample pattern out of a piece of leftover fabric, shown below.  The waist dart was not sewn and I gathered it with elastic under the bust.   With the print of the fabric,  in this photo,  it was quite difficult to see that princess seam - I have drawn it on top with a pink line.

 top 001d variation


I wouldn't make the top again, nor would I make the variation shown above.  I would try the variation shown in the flat below; the same design line across the upper bust, with the princess line in the bodice front and back, but more fitting and with a button placket.

possible future pattern



Credit for the Stock Photo I used to create the Vector Croquis on this page:

Andersonrise from 123RF Stock Photos

Copyright of original (photo) image: andersonrise / 123RF Stock Photo


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