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Favorite woven top patterns?
(other than button down and wrap shirts)
sarahd27
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Date: 4/1/11 12:04 PM

I have a couple of pieces of cotton lawn that I'd like to make into tops for the spring/summer. Does anyone have any favorite patterns?

I'd like something other than wrap tops (because that's what I'm always drawn to and I'd like to branch out) and button downs and would prefer something that has a sleeve option. I generally use a size 16 w/ a fba in the big 4 patterns.

I keep looking through pattern websites and nothing is standing out saying, "make me, make me!" Thanks for any suggestions!

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Date: 4/1/11 12:37 PM

I like to browse the "Best Patterns of" categories. Here's the 2010 article, with links to the previous years at the top.

Best Patterns of 2010

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Date: 4/1/11 2:24 PM

I just purchased a new tunic pattern that I have high hopes for -- princess lines, cap or long slv, and comes in A,B,C,D cup sizes, no FBA necessary. It's Sim 2191.

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Date: 4/1/11 2:39 PM

Well, I'm already contemplating another version of S2614

Pros: Cute! No Closures! Bias-enabled designs like chevrons! Bias skirt included!! Pattern comes with A, B, C, D cups!!!

Cons: Bias needs extra yardage! Odd (minor) lower back puddle!!

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Date: 4/1/11 3:03 PM

Thanks! Those are all helpful.

Jenna F: From that article, it looks like Simplicity 2599 might be worth checking out. Also - it was interesting to look back in previous years and see several patterns that were in best of the year for more than one year.

JAS and lakaribane: I always forget to look at the wardrobe patterns. Both of those look nice - and I love the a,b,c, and d cup options! I also really like that 2614 looks really tailored without being a button down.

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Date: 4/1/11 4:04 PM

Burda 7508 is a nice pattern.

I have fitted it but have yet to make iy up in proper fabric. It doesn't take too much fabric.

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Date: 4/1/11 4:07 PM

My favorite Simplicity 3786

It's best in really light weight cottons, lawn, voile, batiste.
-- Edited on 4/1/11 4:08 PM --

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Date: 4/2/11 11:55 AM

Are there any shells that drape softly?
Looking for woven patterns for hot summers,
but many don't give enough, so I try to use knits,
which I have to order--very little selection in stores.
The peasant styles I like, but look silly on
semi-seniors with the baby-doll sleeves, etc.

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Date: 4/2/11 12:26 PM

kso, you can cut most shells on the bias to provide a softer drape for wovens. Because of bias' tendency to get a bit narrower when worn (think Jean Harlow), it's a good idea to make sure the pattern is not too close-fitting--unless that's what you're aiming for!

And sometimes, because of a different number of warp and weft threads in your fabric, you need to use a center front and center back seam, as described in Marcy Tilton's superb bias tutorial.

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Date: 4/2/11 1:00 PM

This new Vogue 1244 has a draped cowl neck top for wovens.

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