Angela Wolf Delila Knit Top Description:
The Angela Wolf Delila Knit Top is a batwing with nine different styles included in one pattern. According to Angela, “This is one of the most comfortable stylish tops you will own. Each style can be sewn in just a few hours.” I agree!
US sizes XXS to XL and XL to 5X. I made the ITY version in extra-large, and the soy version in large. I think I’ll stick with the size large for my next versions.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, it did. The top is fitted through the hips, which allows you to bunch it at the bottom and let the upper part blouse over.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, they were. I know Angela works hard on her pattern instructions, and it shows. She explains how to sew with knits, and she provides guidance on selecting fabrics, using pressing tools, fitting with a muslin and seam allowances. Plus, the instructions are color-coded.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I liked almost everything about this pattern: Angela did a great job drafting it; I liked the big cuff for the sleeves; Angela’s neck binding method works well; the instructions are clear. Batwing tees don’t necessarily flatter women with large busts, like me, but this one looks great!
I used both a Designer ITY Polyester Knit with Huge Brush Strokes, and our Organic Soy Cotton Knit in Black. ITY stands for Interlock Twist, which for some reason makes a knit stretchy, drapey, wrinkle-free, and quite stable for sewing. The soy-cotton knit was pretty darn stable, as well, but it did curl at the edges. I used a 75/11 stretch needle and polyester thread for both fabrics. After much experimentation, I decided to use two rows of straight stitching on the ITY knit (stretching the fabric as I went), and two rows of zig-zag stitching for the soy-cotton knit. I was amazed by the difference between the best stitches for the two (seemingly similar) fabrics.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
With the cuffs, the sleeves are crazy-long, so I decided to ruche the undersides of the cuffs. Also, because t
he hip area is snug, I didn’t hem the bottoms of the tops. I can just fold under the hem and bunch the bottom of the top. Yay! I zig-zagged the neck binding on the ITY version, and hand stitched it in the black version. I prefer the hidden look of the hand stitching, which doesn’t take long at all.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes and yes! I sewed it again before I could finish this review, and I can’t wait to make another one.
This pattern will be flattering to almost all body types. I’m a dog-person, which is why I love so many patterns. Like a dog who thinks a walk is, “The best thing ever!”, dinner is, “The best thing ever!”, and going outside is, “The best thing ever!” I think many patterns are “The best thing ever!” But, I really mean it this time: I love the Delila!