Cake's Riff pattern line is a condensed version of a pattern. Simple instructions, plus the pattern. Previous experience with knits (even better, experience with Cake Patterns) is recommended. I wasn't 100% sure that I qualified for the project, but it didn't include any new techniques so I figured I would be okay.
Cake Patterns has an innovative sizing method where you basically trace your own size. This keeps fitting adjustments to a minimum, which I think is pretty damn cool. The bodies of women vary so widely, in size and shape and length and dimension, really Steph's patterns are quite genius. This is exactly why I started sewing. My body is so uniquely shaped that it can be hard to find off the rack clothes in the styles that I want. Sewing allows for full customization. What's not to love?
The only issue I had in making this top was attaching the collar. Generally you pin right sides together, sew, then the seam gets tucked inside. However the collar "rolls" and I was a little confused. I think I did it right in the end, but we'll see how it wears. Since my fabric is pretty lightweight I did add a lightweight interfacing to the collar. I also handsewed a few tacks to keep the collar and the seam in the right place. The collar is understitched to prevent the seam from rolling to the front, but I think the weight of the collar kept pulling it out anyway.
I also realized when I switched to my twin needle that I had been using my universal needle instead of a ballpoint. Which explains why the stitches are a bit weird. But, whatever. It seems to be okay for now.
All in all, I made a top that is freaking adorbs and I love it! I haven't gotten around to taking a legitimate picture, but I was growing impatient in posting this so here is a photo of me at work. Here ya go:
Tilly's new Coco pattern!