My latest pattern acquisition came in my last order from Fabric Mart. I am really into making knit tops at the moment. The Ruched T is a great casual top, with collar and sleeve options, as well as ruching options along the body and sleeves. It is also very quick to make, unless something goes awry. Something went awry on this one!
It ended up turning out quite well, but I did find it to be a very close fit. Before I added the side ruching, this top was all about the bust. I think next time, I will make a medium around the bust to remove focus from the area. The waist was perfect for once (I usually have to add at the waist). I used the petite adjustment lines on the pattern, due to my non-tallness, which I probably will not do in future. The ruching reduces the length drastically. The instructions call for gathering until the hem line, which made, essentially, a crop top! I took it all out (note: unpicking stitches from knits is non-fun) and instead ruched between the notches on the side body.
I like the effect. I also ruched the sleeves. The other issue was the collar. I love cowl necklines: the drape, the drama and the interest they add to what is basically a t-shirt.
This collar is a bit short. The pattern piece looks wide, but I think it needs to be cut twice and sewn together, like in the Renfrew. This collar is not quite wide enough for the lower neckline of this top. It lacks the drama and drape of a wider cowl collar. It still looks good, but it was not quite the effect that I was after. I actually really like the slightly lower neckline in the front; it is flattering, but the cowl needs to be wider.
The fabric works very well with this top. I thought I would be making Ruched Ts all week, as I have ordered several knits recently. However, this is definitely a casual top and some of the knits I have are a little too dressy. (Dressy knits? How does that happen?) I will keep an eye out for more suitable fabrics, and keep in mind the changes I would like to make for my next version, because I do think this is a great top!