I have a RTW (ready-to-wear) top that I found at a thrift store that I have always loved – it is a V-neck ruched top that is snug fitting and comfy. It is the one on the left in the collage and the tag says “j.t.b. petite”. I have always wished I had more of these tops so I was pleased to find a similar pattern by Kwik Sew.
The pattern is 3915 and it comes with a V neck and a scoop neck top.
I’ve made both View A (the V-neck) and View B (the scoop neck). The first V-neck I made is the one on the right in the collage. Following my measurements, I cut it half way between a Small and Medium. It is fine, but for the top in the middle, I cut it on the Small and found it more to my liking. View B is shown below and it was cut between a Small and Medium.
I find it just a little too loose and would cut it on a Small next time. But I don’t like the style all that much – the scoop neck is a little too big for me. I could redraft the neckline, but the gathering on the neck band was such a bit of work that I do not want to repeat the effort!
Overall, the pattern is easy to put together, especially if you skip the buttons and loops on View A. I used various types of fairly light weight stretchy knits with a stretch or ball point needle and a small zig-zag stitch. I had no problems with this pattern! I can whip up one of these tops in a day, which easily satisfies my impatient nature.