Back in the summer I made this cute cowl top.
It’s New Look 6470 View B.
Unfortunately, I cut my usual size 12 (as I do in knit patterns, going down 1 size from my usual size 14) but this pattern must run a little on the small side. And to make matters worse, (in my attempt at efficiency) I had cut out two tops at once, before I realised the sizing problem. They are just wearable, but I feel very self-conscious wearing them, because they are very clingy and show every spare tyre round my middle. Probably not a great look. Also, I feel they would look better on me if I lengthened them about 5 cm (2 inches).
|I was careful when cutting out to avoid placing the green circles directly over my boobs.|
|I love the zebra stripe fabric|
|Closer view of cowl|
|Back view ( far too tight for my liking)|
I did use a tip from Mazzygirl on Pattern Review for widening the cowl facing. http://sewing.patternreview.com/cgi-bin/readreview.pl?reviewnum=70311&readreview=1
|Widening the depth of the cowl facing and catching it in the armhole hems worked well to keep everything in place.|
I then had a third attempt at this pattern, with some alterations this time. I added to the side seams to get a looser fit and increased the length. Here is the result:
I have learned an important lesson here. If you add to the side seams, this will make the armhole bigger too. Not always ideal. Next time I will add the additional width at the centre front and centre back to keep the armholes the same, or maybe I should just make the bigger size?
|This view on my dress form shows how much the armhole gapes and shows my bra.|
Another mistake that I learned from:
|Always leave needle down whilst sewing to avoid steps like this.|
I guess this top looks OK with a cardigan and it feels much more comfortable with the extra room.