A Review of the Anniversary Top Pdf Pattern by George & Ginger Patterns.
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I chose to make the 3/4 sleeve version with standard neck.
Suggested fabric is a medium to heavy weight fabric with at least 50% stretch. I had some fabric in my stash that I had purchased from Forever Fabrics - they describe it as "Pink Snakeskin Jersey Cotton". It was only £1.35 p/m. I had only ordered 1 metre (what did I think I could make with only 1 metre?) but lucky for me Forever Fabrics had cut the fabric generously at 1.2 metres so I was able to get The Anniversary Top out of that one piece. What a bargain!
As usual with George & Ginger Patterns the pdf is well organised and easy to put together. The files are layered and come in sizes US Letter, A4 and A0. There is also a Projector friendly version.
In the past when I have made stretch tops I haven't been too fussy about fitting for size. I would cut out the pattern size to fit my bust but not bother with any grading assuming that it didn't really matter as the fabric is stretchy. Usually that's fine but I am now trying to be more mindful about getting a better fit even if it is just a T-Shirt.
The instructions for The Anniversary Top recommend choosing your pattern size by your Full Bust. This puts me at size 16. However, my Upper Bust, Under Bust and Waist put me in a size 14. Instead of doing a Full Bust Adjustment I thought I would try and grade between the sizes. The pdf pattern pieces for The Anniversary Top indicate where the Bust, Waist and Hip grading points are. Using the Layers feature I printed off sizes 14 and 16 and after gluing the sheets together graded between the points marked using a curved line.
The sewing instructions for The Anniversary Top are very simple to follow - the 'openings' in the sleeves are bound in the same way you would do neck binding and you complete the binding before attaching the sleeves to the body so you are working on a nice flat piece. I sewed the bindings on my sewing machine first and then serged the raw edge. This gives a nice tidy finish to the inside. I did find that I needed to give the sleeves a really good press with my steam iron to get them to lie flat though.
Once you have finished the binding on The Anniversary Top sleeves you simply sew them to the body, sew the sides, attach the neck binding and then hem. After construction I decided to Top Stitch the sleeve and neck bindings with a twin needle as well as using the twin needle to finish the hems.
I'm really happy with the fit of The Anniversary Top and glad that I went to the effort of grading the pattern. I now don't have any fabric bunching under the arms like I have previously and the fit across the Upper Chest is improved. I'm also pleased with the finished length of The Anniversary Top - its long enough to wear over jeans but not too long if you want to tuck it in.