A bit harsh, but this phrase is what's going through my head as I look over these photos. I mean, I just had a baby. Three weeks ago. Why oh why am I sewing new things for me? In the BEST of situations I'll get back to my pre-baby weight, but who knows when that will be? Or what shape I'll have, regardless of weight?
But I really liked the Aurora as soon as I saw it, so try not to judge me too harshly for making it despite my drastic body changes. Here goes!
A little about this pattern in case you haven't got a subscription to Seamwork: it's a tank top with a yoke. There is a pleat in the back and gathers near the yoke. The yoke is two layers and all the other openings (neckline, underarms) are finished with a narrow hem. Then the seam allowances are tacked down to hide them.
Yep. A 3/8" narrow hem. On a knit that must drape well enough for soft gathers. Oh, and it should also make a pretty pleat.
This is a straight size small, which I chose after a quick muslin. I dropped the neckline an inch and it looks terrible. There just isn't enough space to work with along the neckline and I couldn't get a smooth, normal-looking curve. Then somehow my straps/yoke ended up way too small/narrow. Proportionally, this is a mess. I *think* it will look halfway decent with a cardigan over it (hey, maybe I should have tried it whilst taking photos?).
The bust area is probably too tight from my ginormous nursing boobs. There's also something cray-cray going on in the back. Swayback? A butt/hips that are pulling the fabric? Haaaaaaalp! Or should I ignore all of it until I lose some more weight?!
The body of the shirt is a poly/Lycra blend from FabricMart, and the navy yoke is a rayon knit, also from FM. The stripes are sheerish. The rayon is too thin and drapey for a yoke (even double-layered) but I forced the issue and that's probably why the straps ended up too small.
Getting back to that crazy narrow-hemming business, I decided to try something I've never done before and draft facings instead. I know, facings in a knit! The horror! But since the stripes were kind of sheer it seemed like a good idea anyway. It worked pretty well for my first time doing it, but it would have helped if I had/could have understitched to hold the facings in place. The knit was too thin for that. There was some trial and error with the facings since I wanted them to NOT gather and NOT pleat like the front and back bodice.
All in all, a lot of experimenting led me to a mostly blah top. The finishings (as-drafted) are NOT professional quality (I can't recall any other pattern, ever, that instructs you to tack down seam allowances in order to hide them). My fit issues are numerous and not limited to only this pattern. What would you do? Put a hold on self-sewing for a while?