Pattern name: Patterns for Pirates Everyday Elegance Top
Size range (with measurements): XXS – XXXL (bust sizes 30/31-46/48)
What size did you make? XXXL
What are your measurements, height, and body type? Bust 47″, 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?: I didn’t make any adjustments. I toiled the main bodice and thought about doing a swayback adjustment, but the rayon I used had such a soft hand I don’t think it would have made a difference.
What was the construction process like? Did the instructions make sense to you?: I didn’t love the instruction style of P4P. They use a photo approach, which can be much more confusing than a diagram. They also said things were optional, which honestly probably aren’t. Things like using interfacing on the collar pieces, which I wish I would have done. They also seem to complicate things. The collar attachment was strange. Instead of attaching the collar so the collar piece encases the raw hem, it give you two options- cover it with bias tape or serge it and leave it raw. I covered in it bias tape, but should I make it again I will attach the collar in a more traditional method. Another gripe I had with the instructions was that there’s not pattern piece layout. I did fine without one, but then it has you cut additional pieces using measurements. I had already cut my pattern out, put my scraps in my scrap box, and started sewing by the time I realized that I needed to cut a 2×12 piece to finish the neckline slit. Why wouldn’t you just include that in your pattern pieces? It also never tells you to stay stitch, which I did. Using drapier fabrics you will stretch out the neckline, collar, or both. Overall the instructions seem very strange, and used non standard and more difficult construction techniques to achieve simple sewing tasks, like the collar.
How do you like the pattern’s fit? Do you think the design works well for your particular body shape?: For as much as I hated the instructions. I actually like the fit of the pattern. The length works well on my body, but would definitely come out more tunic shaped on shorter people, or people with a shorter torso than mine. I like the sleeve tab, and I have shorter arms and am constantly rolling up my sleeves. The back pleat is nice in a drapey fabric as well.
Will you make the pattern again? If so, what fit or design changes will you make?: I think I would make this pattern again with some tweaks. The original pattern calls for a gathered sleeve cap- I think I’ll install it as a regular, no poufy sleeve next time. I will install the collar in the traditional method for a cleaner finish as well. I will also use interfacing, as it’s really not optional to get things to lie correctly.
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?: The fit is generous and relaxed, I didn’t have to do much fitting. If you’re using a stiffer fabric you might need a swayback adjustment.
Pattern Rating System:
Size Range (1-5): 1 Straight sized pattern, no matter how many X’s they add in their sizes.
Instructions (1-5): 2 Just strange, and not very helpful.
Construction Process (1-5): 4 everything came together well, except a few things I mentioned above.
Final Fit (1-5): 4 Pretty good, a few tweaks I could make, but fairly flattering.
Overall Rating (1-5) + Explanation: 2.75 The instructions and sizing killed this pattern rating. The actual pattern pieces and fit of the garment is fine though. I wish all patterns would just go by bust sizing. Marking a size 18 top as XXXL is just a downright strange sizing system.