Friday, May 08, 2015

Iron And Rust Top - New Look 6216

Pattern: New Look 6216 (2013)

Pattern Description: A t-shirt with wide scoop neck and cut-on sleeves with hem bands.

Pattern Sizing: Size A (8-18) I cut out view B in size 12, but should have started with a size 10 instead, at least at the bust. In fact, my final altered paper pattern corresponded to size 8 at the neckline and shoulder, 14 for the sleeve length, 10 at the bust, 8 at my high waist, and a tapering out to size 12 at the hip.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing it? Actually, I think it looks better now, slimmer and with slightly longer sleeves.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, very much.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? It is a very quick and easy design perfect for a small cut of a specialty knit as it only requires a yard of fabric.

Fabric Used: One yard of auburn red and heather gray half-inch striped (50% cotton, 25% rayon, 25% poly) knit from Girl Charlee.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: The fabric I used for this was much thinner and slippery than I expected so cutting the pieces out was time consuming. I cut them all out single layer, trying hard to match the stripes at the seams. The goal then became constructing the top without stretching the fabric out of shape.

I liked the neckline (though a bit too wide and deep) and sleeves but the top turned out to be too wide at the bust line for me as I had originally cut out a size 12. After trying it on and pinning the sides I stitched the seams in an additional 1/2". I also sewed along the shoulder seam line for the size 10.

Differences between original pattern and finished top.

I ended up altering the top further by bringing in the waistline curve beyond that additional 1/2", cropped the length quite a bit, and transferred all of the changes to the paper pattern.

Neckline alteration.
The neckline turned out to be too wide so I added a 1/4" or so where the neckline met the shoulder, using scraps of pattern paper I cut from the hem.

I finished my seams in my tried-and-true way of a straight stitch on the seam line while slightly stretching the fabric and then a line of zigzag stitching 1/8" away. I then trim the seam allowance down closer to the stitching.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, I will definitely make this one again.

Conclusion: I love the shape and it takes so little fabric and time.


sewtyrpical said...

Love it! and it's impressive how you matched up the stripes.

Summer Flies said...

That's a great looking t-shirt. I love the cuff bindings on the sleeves.Great stripe matching!

Kyle said...

That is cute!!