I bought this pattern from Joann's when I was in Houston this summer. I knew that I wanted the version with the back godet because I love some of the pieces that Lori Goldstein does on QVC.
It's interesting that I can only find two finished garments from this pattern on the internet because I think this pattern is so cool! My version is a combo of View A & B with long sleeves but no cowl and no front pockets - seriously who thought pockets on a woman's stomach is a good idea? Ummmmm, no!
My Fabric Choices ~
I picked a fabric that is not recommended on the pattern envelope - ponte. See I already own two RTW versions of this top. One made from a sweater knit with a polyester georgette godet and the other is a thin knit lycra with a polyester print godet. These wear so well and have a sexycool vibe that I like when I'm going out.
My godet fabric is a light printed mesh that I got from Fabric Mart years ago. There must have been a sale on these at some point because I keep finding pieces hidden among the other fabrics in the collection.
This is an easy to sew pattern. I made a straight size 24. Wait, I know you're thinking but I thought you lost weight - well remember that IF I was sewing this last year I would have added inches to the princess seams to give myself more room. It would have been the jumping off place ~ not sewn straight out of the envelope.
And it's loose...in a thinner knit I would go down a size or two depending on how tightly I wanted it to fit. However, since I was using the ponte as my base fabric, I wanted to make sure that it would go on easily and not be too tight.
I need to say that I added nothing to the sleeves because they are cut generously! Yes! However, I did make an alteration to the shoulder seam on the front and back pieces to make the shoulder seams an inch smaller. I also didn't play with the seam allowances, they are all 5/8" seams. Hey, there's loads of times those seam allowances have been altered to give me just a squeech more space!
To add the godet, I sewed it to one back piece, then to the other back piece and finally sewed the back seam up to the marked spot. It makes sure the point is enclosed in the seam without any puckering.
I also inserted the sleeves flat not in the round as the pattern suggests. This has become my method of choice now for inserting sleeves on knit tops, because you have fewer challenges with getting them in the garment correctly. Okay it is a truly puckerless application - I just needed to say that! hahahahaha!
Pictures of the finished top ~
I'm wearing this with my black leggings from The Avenue although I was a little chilly taking the pics. I may end up wearing this with my ponte jean leggings instead. Also note the flat shoe boots - I have them in black and brown and wear them almost every day. I miss heels! *LOL*
I want to make this again in the version with the cowl neck using a merino wool or a lighter weight wool. I think to make this top successful it's important for the godet to have enough drape. So for that version I'm thinking about making the godet a little wider so it has even more swing.
Finally, I love how high/low hems work with my figure type. I don't know how much longer the trend is going to last but I'm going to rock it while it does!
...as always more later!