Again, a Wiksten design. I cut them both out last week and figured why not sew them up in the same weekend? Well, maybe my ambition is a bit too much on weekend late-nights, because I was so annoyed with this top Saturday night that it gave me really bad stress dreams. I woke up Sunday morning traumatized but ready to take on this SOB and show it who's boss.
Wiksten Tova top, which is a tunic with an inset. The pattern also contains pieces for a dress.
XS - XL. This is a large with modified seams.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the envelope when you were done with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Okay, so. The instructions were apparently easy for everyone but me. Seriously, I Googled the hell out of this pattern, thinking someone, somewhere, could help me, but all I could find was praise for how easy it was. Not cool, guys.
The inset really screwed me up. I couldn't tell from the picture what was being pinned and how it should be done, especially with the placket pinned together. I gave up Saturday night (thankfully, never a stitch was sewn) and got back to it Sunday afternoon. I finally went with unpinning the placket, pinning one side at a time to the front of the top, and then sewing the bottom of the placket last. I don't think it made an impact, but good Jesus, it was painful.
Oh, and then I sewed all the side seams wrong (so it was a crazy, diagonal mess when I checked the basted size) so that was a great time. Oh, and I think the sleeves are in backward. Can you tell? Please say no.
|Props to Nick for the cellphone picture|
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Again, the publicity--it calls to me. I'm a sucker for popularity. I also like that it's a simple top that looks good with jeans or shorts and can be thrown on. I dislike how much stress I caused for myself.
Navy and white gingham from Denver Fabrics. I think this is 1/4" gingham, but it might be 1/8".
Pattern changes or any design alterations you made
I didn't serge, first of all; all seams are zig-zagged except the side seams, which are French. Also, the side seams are 5/8"--I need the shaping. I probably could've even gone to 3/4" but I didn't want to go too crazy.
|Man, way to clean up the apartment, Emily.|
Would you sew it again?
So here's where I'm torn. I really do like it, and I like that everyone is making them so I have a steady stream of inspiration to flip through. But I'm going to need to wear this a few times before I decide to make another.
I love gingham.
The next project on my table is the Oliver + S Class Picnic blouse and shorts, which I cut out last week. I also have three Simplicity 2215s in Lotta Jansdotter staring at me, as well as some Nani Iro begging me to buy it for a skirt. Phew.