Pattern Description: New Look 6704 Top with collar, sleeve, and length variations. View B has breast pockets.
Pattern Sizing: 10-22. I made a 10. I kind of wish the top came in an 8, because the 10 is slightly baggy on me.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing? Yes!
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, they were pretty easy. There really wasn’t anything I didn’t understand. Plus, I made a muslin for this top last year, so I was already familiar with the construction process. I used flat felled seams for the entire shirt, including the sleeves. I like the finished look outside and inside the shirt.
You really need to take your time with the pockets though, because they are easy to mess up. The first time I made this shirt, my pockets came out looking like trapezoids. Not a good look. This time I tried to be more meticulous with pressing the edges, making sure they were as parallel as possible so I could have nice, straight pockets. The flaps didn’t come out perfectly, but they look good enough to me!
Also, I used my blind hem foot to edge stitch the pockets and the collar.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I really liked the model photo with the striped seersucker. I wanted the same look with the breast pockets, I top I could wear to work or with jeans.
Fabric Used: Stretch cotton shirting (I think was in the seersucker category)from Fashion Fabrics Club.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: N/A
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, I would sew it again, and I would recommend this pattern. I have some nice shirting from Gorgeous Fabrics waiting patiently in my stash.
Conclusion: This is a great top with a smart, casual look.