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Tiguirie7
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Date: 5/21/13 3:43 PM

Hi,
I am looking for a top/t-shirt pattern to use as my block/ to go pattern for knits tops. There are so many patterns to choose!
What is your favorite and what is your advise for someone with round foward shoulders?
Sewaholic Refrew, Jalie top, Christine Jonson, Mccals...

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Date: 5/21/13 9:01 PM

Jalie 2921 is a great pattern that I have morphed into many, many variations. I like it better than any of the Big 4 patterns because the fit is much more RTW. Too many of the big 4 knit patterns don't seem to be drafted for knits or make appropriate use of negative ease.

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Date: 5/22/13 2:33 AM

Quote: Amy-may
Jalie 2921 is a great pattern that I have morphed into many, many variations. I like it better than any of the Big 4 patterns because the fit is much more RTW. Too many of the big 4 knit patterns don't seem to be drafted for knits or make appropriate use of negative ease.

Slightly off topic but would you kindly explain 'negative ease'..I have StyleArc Ann pattern that says.... fabric suggestion jersey knit any knit fabric with stretch. negative ease = 6cm or 21/4 "

I emailed Chloe at StyleArc for explanation and but got a reply that they did not know.

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Date: 5/22/13 4:40 AM

Negative ease means that the item is drafted smaller than the corresponding body measurement. This would be a disaster for a woven fabric but is desirable for a close-fitting knit garment. A number of Big 4 knit patterns don't seem to realise this. I don't know why Style Arc said they didn't know. My understanding would be that that means that the garment is 6 cm (2 1/4") smaller than the body measurement. The website doesn't say which body measurement, but I would guess it means at the bust. So you'd need a fairly stretchy fabric.

In answer to the original question, I haven't found my perfect knit top yet (except for New Look 6078 (OOP), but that's a dolman sleeve top which isn't as versatile as one with a set-in sleeve.)

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Date: 5/22/13 4:46 AM

My go-to knit T pattern is New Look 6735. At my current weight, I'm not a fan of negative ease cos it shows all my lumps & bumps. This pattern doesn't have negative ease but rather NO ease which is different. But I still do an FBA which helps a bit. The pattern also includes a nice skirt & jacket plus what looks like a rather wide-legged pair of pants which I am yet to make. But the skirt & jacket (without the tie thank you) is really nice. I made the skirt 6" longer than the pattern since I have fat legs. But that's another post for another time.

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Date: 5/22/13 6:36 AM

Hi Tiquirie,
You might take a look at Pamela's Perfect T Shirt. Here's the description on the website ( pamelaspatterns.com )

"This is a T-Shirt pattern unlike any you have ever tried before! It is made for a "real" woman, and addresses the most common fitting issues we face - high round back, forward shoulder, full hip and bust, and a good fit through the shoulder and neck. Design details include an "essence of waist", flattering shirt tail hemline, three necklines, and four sleeve lengths."

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Date: 5/22/13 6:47 AM

I'll also recommend the Pamela'sPatterns The Perfect Tee #104. I compared it to my TNT pattern and had very few adjustments to make, unlike most patterns.

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Date: 5/22/13 7:28 AM

Recently, I've been having great success with Silhouette's #195 Sweater Set. I've made several tops from that pattern; some out of cotton knit, some out of ITY and some out of some other type of knit, which I bought here on PR--that's my favorite one. I really like the diagonal bust darts--they give me shape. The pattern sews up in just about an hour and a half, with cutting, and is versatile to modify.
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Date: 5/22/13 7:41 AM

This kwiksew works best for me.

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Date: 5/22/13 8:49 AM

I too love the Sweater Set pattern #195 from Silhouette. The french dart makes my girls look quite perky. Initially I did have to dink around a little with the pattern because I'm 5'2" and the Peggster is taaaallll! I shortened the armhole by 1" and shortened the body slightly above the waist and then added the same amount back at the bottom. The reason for this was to raise the bottom of the dart and this put the dart in a great place for my body shape. I look 10 lbs thinner in my Silhouette T shirts. I even bought a back up pattern just to keep in a safe place. My advice is find the pattern that suits your body type and then take the time to tweak it with a few test garments ... it's totally worth it!

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