34-42 I did smaller at the top and wider at the bottom due to big arse syndrome
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Very much so – right down to the ‘sexy back view’!
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Not too bad. Except that I didn’t notice until I was finished that it mentioned inserting bias tape along the neckline and armholes. It didn’t make much of a difference in my case.
A matte tricot knit from Denver Fabrics when they liquidated their fabric. It’s quite soft and stretchy.
- It doesn’t have you insert the elastic until the end and it is only inserted, not sewn in. Personally I like to stitch or serge elastic into place so it doesn’t slip and I did this after sewing the inside bra pieces together (see photos).
You then fold it over and top stitch (I used a cover stitch)
- I didn’t have enough material for the inside bra so I used a fleshtone color in the same fabric. It shows a little at the edges but I think it adds a nice contrast.
- I omitted top stitching the neckline edge and back.
The bottom hem was finished with a cover stitch on my serger.
The only thing that bothered me was the handstitching of the front strap to the back. I wish there had been a better way to finish it. With a stretch fabric it looks a bit ‘pulled’. I may go over it with a zigzag.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Absolutely! This turned out great and the built in bra is a definite plus. I will be sewing this again and again.
This top gets high marks from me. Next is the wrap top to go over it!