SIGNUP - FREE Membership and 1 FREE Sewing Lesson
| FAQ | Login
 

Forum > Patterns and Notions > Which pattern for this fabric? ( Moderated by Sharon1952)

Please LOGIN or Join PatternReview
Go to Page:
Which pattern for this fabric?
LizJ58
star
LizJ58
Intermediate
Virginia USA
Member since 10/31/13
Posts: 802
Send Message

      



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 --

------
- Libby with a "y" not an "ie"
(People who know Richmond will get this!)

"Sewing is not a hobby, it's a journey."

Pinkytoo
starstarstar
Pinkytoo
Advanced
Nevada USA
Member since 6/23/06
Posts: 2983
Send Message

      



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.

------
Sewing is my therapy!

PattiAnnJ
star
PattiAnnJ
Advanced
USA
Member since 12/3/06
Posts: 7648
Send Message

      



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.

------
"Improvise, adapt and overcome." - Clint Eastwood/Heartbreak Ridge

AnneM
starstar
AnneM  Friend of PR
Intermediate
Member since 7/30/02
Posts: 7144
Contest Committee
Send Message

      



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!

------
With a great wardrobe that's still in the flat-fabric stage.

VivianZ
star
VivianZ  Friend of PR
Intermediate
Louisiana USA
Member since 12/8/04
Posts: 570
Send Message

      



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/.

------
height 5'2" bust 36, waist 31, hip 39.
I have way too many yards to count, and I will never use them up, but I will die trying!

PattyE
starstarstar
PattyE  Friend of PR
Intermediate
Member since 9/7/10
Posts: 1849
Send Message

      



In reply to LizJ58 <<


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.

------
Stash: 172.5 yds. @ 12.27.14

SewLibra
star
SewLibra  Friend of PR
Intermediate
California USA
Member since 12/2/08
Posts: 718
Send Message

      



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!

------
SewLibra
Brother SB4138, Bernina 1008, Brother 1034D, Janome Harmony 9102D

LizJ58
star
LizJ58
Intermediate
Virginia USA
Member since 10/31/13
Posts: 802
Send Message

      



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!

------
- Libby with a "y" not an "ie"
(People who know Richmond will get this!)

"Sewing is not a hobby, it's a journey."

IreneDAdler
star
IreneDAdler
Advanced Beginner
New York USA
Member since 6/12/12
Posts: 122
Send Message

      



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 --

------
Visit my little corner of the sew-o-sphere: http://yousewlikeagirl.blogspot.com/

Go to Page:
Please LOGIN or Join PatternReview

printable version Printable Version

* Advertising and soliciting is strictly prohibited on PatternReview.com. If you find a post which is not in agreement with our Terms and Conditions, please click on the Report Post button to report it. Patterns and Notions >> Which pattern for this fabric?

Merchants on PR

Fitz Like a Glove Ironing Board Cover


Made In Australia
Deals!

Patterns from the Past


vintage sewing patterns
Deals!

Reconstructing History


Reconstructing History
Web site

Nature's Fabrics


Natural & Organic Fabrics
Deals!

Elliott Berman Textiles


Fabrics for Greater Ideas
Deals!

 
adv. search»
pattern | machine | member
        
Understanding Wool Fabrics
Understanding Wool Fabrics

Register

Fun with Fitting - PANTS
Fun with Fitting - PANTS

Register

StyleArc Ann T-Top

photo
by: mudcat

Review
Petite Plus 203 Pattern

Petite Plus 203 Pattern

Buy Now
PerfectFuseTailorUltra Black

PerfectFuseTailorUltra Black

Buy Now

Conditions of Use | Posting Guidelines | Privacy Policy | Shipping Rates | Returns & Refunds | Contact Us | About | New To PR | Advertising

Copyright © 2014 PatternReview.com® , OSATech, Inc. All rights reserved.