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Pattern name: Made for Mermaids Mama Ava Top
Size range (with measurements): The sizes are colors, not numerical. It didn’t bother me, as most indie pattern sizing is arbitrary anyway. (bust sizes 30/31-49/51)
What size did you make? Green (bust size 41-42). I normally select my high bust measurement when sewing knits.
What are your measurements, height, and body type? Full Bust 47″, High Bust 42.5”, waist 39″-41”, hip 48″, Body Shape: Celloish, Height: 5’7″, Bra size: 38F
What adjustments did you make and how long did they take?: None. I did make the tunic version as it’s drafted for someone who is 5’5” and I have a long torso- so it worked out to be the correct shirt length for me. I chose the size according to my high bust adjustment, most tee shirts I have a decent amount of negative ease on the bust, and that’s the way I like to wear them. I find that for knits I normally don’t need a full bust adjustment, versus wovens where I need them nearly every time.
What was the construction process like? Did the instructions make sense to you?: The construction process was very straightforward. If you’ve ever sewn with knits before it’s all very basic sewing. There’s a neckband insertion and the shirt and sleeves are hemmed using a twin needle. The hardest part would be the neckband, but as long as you use enough wonder clips it’s goes in really easily.
How do you like the pattern’s fit? Do you think the design works well for your particular body shape?: I really like the pattern’s fit. I think the curved hemline is flattering for those of us who want butt and tummy coverage, but don’t necessarily want to wear straight hemmed tunics all the time. I really like the deep scooped neckline. It’s not too deep either, and I can wear my of my bras with it no problem.
Will you make the pattern again? If so, what fit or design changes will you make?: I’d love to try the v-neck version. I don’t think I need to adjust the fit at all, maybe a tiny swayback adjustment, but that’s it. It’d be fun to hack into a dress as well. This pattern is an awesome wardrobe builder and is very quick to make. I imagine I’ll be making quite a few more for the summer days ahead.
Do you have any advice on this pattern for other curvy sewers? Are there any resources (blog posts, fitting books, tutorials) that helped you sew this piece up?: Pick a fabric with four-way stretch and you can’t go wrong. I rarely find that I need a full bust adjustment when I use a good spandex/rayon knit.
Pattern Rating System:
Size Range (1-5): 2 Straight sized pattern, that goes maybe one size out of the “standard” size range.
Instructions (1-5): 4 I prefer diagrams over photos, but that’s my only issue with them.
Construction Process (1-5): 4 everything came together well, except a few things I mentioned above.
Final Fit (1-5): 5 Love it!
Overall Rating (1-5) + Explanation: 3.75 The fit is great, and the instructions give you all the information you need. Diagrams might be more helpful, but if you’re familiar with sewing knits at all- you probably won’t need them anyway. Biggest point deduction for the size range. Yes it’s more inclusive than many indie patterns, but it definitely could include more sizes, especially for these simpler designs