I would like to start this post by saying have you seen the new Victory Patterns!!!! Ermahgerd, they are so cute and I am in the process of making, well all of them! I still trying hunt down some material for the Ava dress so one up for a Bridesmaids dress. So, in the mean time I decided to try the Roxanne Shirt.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
These instructions are beautifully made and designed. As a printed pdf it's really easy to understand what you need to do and where you need to start. I'm actually favouring doing these pdf patterns over the standard paper patterns because it's less time consuming cutting it all out. That is because I usually trace over my paper patterns so they don't get wrecked.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Everything! Tops like this in Australian shops can cost anywhere from $60 upwards. I love that you could wear this top with leggings or jeans. The back pleats are a really nice/girly touch to a baggy/boyish shirt.
Crepe and also a polyester lining. I will have to say after using this material I was ready to throw the thing out. It was constantly pulling as making a horrible mess after I had sewn a straight line. I tried to do the cute front collar but after creating a big disaster I just picked that part off. That was pretty disappointing as I really loved the bow.
However, I made myself finish it because I hate starting projects and just putting them aside. I made some cupcakes in between so that helped calm me down and approach it again with steady hands. It was only when I was putting this shirt on to take the photos I started to like it again. Now I kinda love it (if you don't look too closely, that is).
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I unfortunately couldn't do the collar because of the material. Also, because of the crepe (see through) material I had to make an under shirt. I just copied the front part and top back part (removing the pleats from the back). To remove the pleats I basically halved the width of the back and then the crepe material could sit flatly over the top. See pictures below.
After thinking about it even though it was a see-though material I probably could have just left the lining off and worn a singlet underneath. I would probably do that next time as it was a bit bulky with them together.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I most definitely woudl. I've got some plain cotton to test out with a dip dying process I've always wanted to attempt. I've looked up a few ways of doing this and even purchased some blue dye. I cant wait to finish it this weekend. Here are the results...
Let me know what you think!!
♥♥♥♥ From Erin ♥♥♥♥