A few weeks ago, I was going to sing a number at a cabaret, and I wanted something a bit different to wear. I decided to go with HotPatterns #1152: Fast and Fabulous Origami Knit Top. It definitely had to be fast, because it was about noon the day of the cabaret, and the call time was 5PM.
Because of the unusual shape of the main pattern piece, it didn’t look like something easy to do a FBA on, and I didn’t see any point in doing any other adjustments because it has an adjustable tie waist that was big enough to go around me. It’s not like there was time to mess with it anyway. So I made a straight size 26; the only adjustment I did was to attach the waist ties higher, because the narrowest part of my torso is just under my boobs.
The instructions were clear and simple , and the construction process should have been super-easy (all you have to do is attach two tubes into two holes for sleeves, attach the back ties, and sew one other seam.) Even including printing and taping the pdf pattern, I really should have been able to get it done with plenty of time to shower and do fancy makeup. Unfortunately, I rushed, which resulted in me sewing one sleeve on upside down and inside out. And then unpicking black thread on black, somewhat-delicate (lightweight ITY knit) fabric. And then my sewing machine jammed when I went to carry on. So I wore something else to the cabaret, and finished this a week later or so.
I’m really happy with it and have worn it a few places and gotten lots of compliments. The only reason I don’t think I’ll make another one is, it’s very unique and much dressier than I generally wear for everyday, so I don’t think I need more than one.
Size range: 8 – 26, roughly corresponding to ready-to-wear. A size 26 is 52B/44W/54H. I would rate the size range as 3 – good but could be more extensive.
My body: I’m not sure how to classify my shape. When I was thinner, I was definitely a pear, but now I have boobs and a belly and heavy upper arms too. I’m 5’3″, 52B/47W/54H. I wear a DD or D bra.
How my body worked with the pattern: Great, if I do say so myself. I might have done better with a bit more room in the sleeves, but other than that, it clung to my boobs and showed them off, and skimmed from there on down. The tie waist made it really easy to adjust. I would rate the final fit a 4.
- The instructions didn’t say to, but I sewed clear elastic into the neckline to prevent wardrobe malfunctions.
- Because of the shape of the main pattern piece, you MUST use a wide fabric. There’s no way the main pattern piece will fit on a fabric much narrower than 60″. I got away with 55″ but it was close.
I really like how this looks on me.
Size Range (1-5): 4. This design is limited by the width of available fabric, so while 26 is not the greatest upper limit, it’s the biggest you can really make this top unless you get super lucky with extra-wide fabric.
Instructions (1-5): 4. Great for anybody with a grasp of basic techniques, but doesn’t hold your hand. An absolute beginner would need help.
Construction Process (1-5): 5. Super easy, super fast.
Final Fit (1-5): 4. Almost perfect; could have used more room in the arms.
Overall Rating (1-5): 4. Overall, I would rate this pattern a 4. It’s fast, easy, different without being out-there, and easy to adjust to flatter a variety of body types. It falls short of a 5 for the limited size range, and the slightly sparse instructions.