Here's a review from pattern.com I posted:
Pattern Description: close fitting knit top
Pattern Sizing: s-xl. I made the xl
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? For the most part, yes. I opted to not do the button view that was shown with the short sleeves. Due to the low neckline, I think this was a good choice for me
Were the instructions easy to follow? very simple, I barely looked at them
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love that this is an easy pattern. Sometimes you just need a top to whip out quickly, and this would be that pattern. It could really be dressed up or down, depending on your fabric.
Dislike - the neckline. It is REALLY plunging. I have a high bust line and added length to the bottom of the shirt front, but did not change the bust line (other reviews suggested the empire style needed to be lowered - I did not have this problem). I raised the v-neck 2 inches and I still need a cami to wear under it. If I was a young Hollywood something, looking to show off, this would have been perfect. The reality is I'm a middle aged mom, and while I'm all for not looking matronly, a neckline down to my naval is not my idea of flattering
Fabric Used: a poly/cotton knit blend from fabric.com. I actually really love this fabric, and it's very thin, so layering won't be an issue for me
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I raised the neckline 2 inches and it's still quiet the cleavage showing top. I will re-draft the upper bodice pieces so that the neckline is more modest. I also added 2 inches to the body of the top at the line suggested. This is typical for me with KS patterns due to being tall. I also felt the facings were skimpy at best. I *knew* after I traced them I should have made them at least an inch wider, as Sandra Betzina instructs in her book "Power Sewing". I ended up stitching in the ditch at the shoulder seams and the front seam (since I didn't chose the button option) to tack them in place, but I'm still concerned they may flip up. I have enough fabric to redo the facings, and if they really bother me when I wear them, I will. I thought about leaving them off, but I was really concerned the neckline wouldn't lay nicely. Because my fabric is thin, I'm fairly certain it would have rippled. I also like a wider hem on the bottom, so I added and extra half inch.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? YES!! The few minor changes I made were just that, minor. I felt the fit was excellent - no sausage casing effects which I am leery of whenever I see 'close fitting' in a fit description. I'd like to make one in a nice white silk jersey for work. I also have a border print jersey that I think would be lovely.
Conclusion: I really like this top, and definitely plan to add a few more in my wardrobe. I look forward to maybe sewing the sleeved version when the weather cools back down.