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Date: 11/29/13 9:59 AM

I bought a cream/gold metallic knit from Hancock Fabric's bargain section, thinking it would make a good holiday top. It's not extremely stretchy - not much vertical stretch and about 30% horizontal stretch.

I'd like your opinion on what you think would be most suitable for the fabric, and which might be flattering to a long-waisted size 18/20 medium height woman. Also, I'm aiming for a style that would be acceptable for work (we dress business casual) as well as special-occasion.

Butterick 5995

Pros: Great neckline, retro-influenced, peplum
Cons: May be difficult to get this pattern (it's new), sleeveless.

McCalls 6839

Pros: Great Back detail
Cons: Very simple front

Burda 6977

Pros: like the hem detail and the v-neck back
Cons: Would have to grade up from a size 18 to 20. I have several peplum tops already.

New Look 6808 (view c)

Pros: I've heard great things about this pattern, and the C-view is rather retro.
Cons: would have to grade up, very short sleeves.

McCalls 6282

Pros: That wide v-neck
Cons: not sure how the waist scrunching would look on me. Likely the most casual of the choices.

Butterick 5851, modified as a peplum top

Pros: V neck in front and back, definitely retro, cut of sleeves would mask a multitude of figure flaws!
Cons: Sleeves also might make a bulky look on top.


-- Edited on 11/29/13 10:00 AM --

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Date: 11/29/13 10:15 AM

I like the New Look one. With a "flashy" fabric you'll want a simple design, and you can use the sleeves from the first view to make them any length you want.

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Date: 11/29/13 10:24 AM

Any of the above, if you have already made similar patterns and can adjust for the longer waist for those patterns with a peplum with out any issues.

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Date: 11/29/13 11:03 AM

What Pinkytoo said.

New Look 6808 (view c) has that subtle retro feel, and the sleeves from view A can be lengthened or shortened as desired. It is a style that is work appropriate also. Keeping in mind that your fabric is a knit, & the review I just looked at said it is roomy, you will probably need to size down.

The 1st pattern you listed also has potential, if you don't mind sleeveless. What makes it nice is that you can 'tame down' the fabric for work by wearing a cardigan over it.

McCalls 6839 would be nice if you have the perfect statement jewelry, which would work with the plain front. That one seems more difficult for a workplace outfit, though, when done in a fancy looking fabric.

Have fun, & enjoy your holidays!

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Date: 11/30/13 9:43 AM

I like the NL 6808, as it is more versatile . I feel the peplum top is almost over, and therefore would be more dated/.

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Date: 11/30/13 10:19 AM

Since your fabric is a knit I would go with either of the McCall's patterns or the Butterick.
I have made the New Look view C and don't think it would work that well in a knit, unless it's got body like a ponte.

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Date: 11/30/13 11:30 PM

I love the McCall's 6837. The back is interesting, feminine and pretty, but not too dramatic for work. My second choice is the New Look 6808. Can't wait to see what you decide and how it turns out!

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Date: 12/2/13 11:47 AM

to clarify, it's a knit, but with only about 20% to 30% horizontal stretch.

I am concerned about the peplums eventually going out of style, but I think the style has another year or two of life, because peplums are flattering on so many women.

I think for me, it's between the new Butterick (the one at the top), the Burda, and the New Look coming in third. I am a Club BMV member and went aheaded and ordered the new Butterick from them. Both Joanns and Hancock had the Buttericks on sale this weekend, but neither had the new patterns. And to add insult to injury, Joann had the new Butterick book sitting out!

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Date: 12/2/13 3:08 PM

I think the drapiness of the fabric will matter a lot in your pattern choice. If it's a fairly stiff, stable knit, then most of the patterns you've listed will work. If it's a drapey or even slinky knit, then the only pattern that looks like it might work is McCalls 6282. If it's a more drapey fabric I think a cowl neck would look very nice, because it will allow the fabric to cascade in folds, which will show off the metallic sheen of the fabric and create a very dynamic garment that changes as you move.

Vogue 8816 (long-sleeve option included)


Or Vogue 1197


Or Vogue 8669, made up beautifully by Goodbye Valentino here:


The Renfrew also has a cowl-neck option with the added bonus of being a great basic tee block if you don't have one already:

-- Edited on 12/2/13 3:15 PM --

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