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Message Board > Fitting Woes > Silhouette sunny pattern...how to make it work? ( Moderated by CarolynGM, Deepika)

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Silhouette sunny pattern...how to make it work?
Tunic issues and guidance please
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Date: 3/7/13 12:16 PM

Fairly recently i saw the post on Silhouette Patterns and was intrigued enought by them to try it. (thanks for the enabling)

I just finished a muslin of Sunny's Top. I *think* it is going to work out in the end but...

1. My sample ITY knit was too heavy but it isn't a particularly heavy fabric. But there a lot of layers and thus a lot of weight.

2. Goes with 1. Not a light weight top...at least not in the knit it chose...again lots of layers.

3. Took the pattern instructions advice and measured a top I like to get the finished measurement of the garment. Fits perfectly in shoulder and arms. Not so perfect in hip.

4. I'm one size larger in the hips and should have planned for that. A bit of a pita to do with all the layers but doable...

5. Too long. I'm 5'4" and proportionale. I dont need petite alteration usually. The botton hits abouts 4" lower than my crotch. I can't tell How much of a drop is in the pattern envelope picture because of the pose but it is a bit. It has the rather sausage casing look from the waist down.

I took a look at the pattern reviews and unfortunately for me, my body shape wasnt represented by either reviewer. They do both mention how heavy it is.

So...what knit would be better than ITY? How do I petite this? And while I love tunics, what is the most flattering length? Too long and it is frumpy. Long and lose says maternity. Too tight...stop!

Here's a link I hope:

Sunny top


Is anyone else working on it? How's it working out?
-- Edited on 3/7/13 12:19 PM --
-- Edited on 3/7/13 12:23 PM --

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Date: 3/7/13 12:37 PM

I think a tissue knit would be more appropriate. I would also shorten each of the layers by the same amount. If you do, for example, a 1-1/2 shortening per level, that is 6 inches shorter. I can't comment on the sausage part, since I just ate a sausage pizza and am partial to sausage.

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Subject: Topic moved Date: 3/7/13 4:22 PM

This topic has been moved from Patterns and Notions to Fitting Woes

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Date: 3/7/13 4:40 PM

As far as length, the designer is tall and I am taller than you and the top I made(different top) was way too long. It was also too tight in the hips. But if you look at the model, who is I assume tall, it's below her crotch as well, just not 4" below. I think that the only way to shorten this is to take out slices from each of the layers. If you shorten the part its going to be too high on your bust, unless you don't have a problem with that. I also think that a light weight rayon or cotton would work better than the ITY. It's a very pretty top. Do all the layers end at the white section?
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Date: 3/7/13 5:31 PM

I have this pattern and can't wait to mix some knits! Thanks for the heads-up on the length, I am only 5'2".....but like the idea of a tunic length too. Might need to be cut larger at hip for tunic.

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Date: 3/7/13 6:42 PM

Define what you mean by white section? Basically there is a full length front, with some nice fitting darts, and back undershirt. The undershirt and a distinct waist. The layers are then added. I dont know if they were supposed to match at the side seams, mine was off enough that I'm not sure. It wasn't an issue for me. There are three, I think, layers on the front and back each. They start at different locations, with the seams covered with the overlaps.

So definitely widen the bottom those of us who are hippy...

I've playing around with it and I may just whack four inches off the bottom and see what it looks like. the waist indention hits me in the correct place. On the next version I can spread the layers out.

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Date: 3/7/13 6:44 PM

The layers may add complications to simply cutting a larger size in the hips. But I think you can just cut them to fit...they are raw edged.

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Date: 3/7/13 9:40 PM

I didn't realize that the upper bodice extended full length with the pieces sewn to it? No wonder your fabric was too thick. I made the Giorgio top and I found the drafting was off. It has a cut on sleeve and the front length didn't match the back. Don't assume it's you.

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Date: 3/7/13 11:02 PM

Exactly...I believe the foundation fabric might be fully covered.

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