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Date: 4/1/13 2:30 PM

I know it takes time to fit a pattern and that alone is frustrating, but I guess I'm looking for help! The first time I made the Sunshine top according to the dimensions on the pattern and it was too big. Tried again last week with a smaller size and the body of the top is good but the top part (shoulders/armholes) are way too small. Do I just cut the top bigger and keep the smaller size on the bottom -- do you think the 3rd time will be the 'charm'? Any feedback will be helpful...thank you so much!

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Date: 4/1/13 4:53 PM

I definitely think you can use the larger size on top and go down to a smaller size on the bottom with this top.

I did the reverse on this top for myself - tracing smaller size at neckline and shoulders and increasing 1 size from the bust point on down. I may have even come back in to the smaller size for the bottom. (Basically doing a cheater FBA.)

So just trace your correct size for your neckline/shoulders and down to the armholes. Then grade into the smaller size from there on down to the hem.

I really like this top and think I need to make another version for this spring.

HTH and good luck!

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Date: 4/1/13 5:37 PM

I'm struggling to fit this top at the present time too. It seems that the arm holes are for a teeny tiny person. I traced a 16 in the shoulders and went up to a 20 in the bust and 22 in the hips.

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Date: 4/1/13 6:37 PM

I had to scoop the armscye on mine to get a good/comfortable fit in that area.

If you use a drapey enough knit, it shouldn't look like a tent if you get the fit right through the neck/shoulders.

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Date: 4/2/13 0:03 AM

Thanks for the input. I'll try that.

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Date: 4/2/13 2:50 PM

Thank you all for your comments. Guess I'll keep trying....

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Date: 4/15/13 8:44 PM

I have finished three Sunshine tops out of stash fabric. I lowered the armhole by about 1 1/4 inches and raised the sleeve cap that much too. It made the sleeve cap into a little puff sleeve, but that's okay. They are nice tops and hubby likes them. I wanted some new clothes, but didn't want to shop or spend money on them because we still have house projects to do. I'll post pictures when I get around to it.
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Date: 4/16/13 10:33 AM

top no 1


top no 2


top no 3
-- Edited on 4/16/13 12:16 PM --

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Date: 4/16/13 9:57 PM

Wow. 2 & 3 are cute but 1 is a knockout! Love that fabric.

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Date: 4/17/13 0:32 AM

Thanks.

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