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BDL - Lacy Wrap Cardigan
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4/12/06 10:15 PM
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Thank you for your honest review. I think the sweater looks rather nice, actually. I had the same reaction after looking at this pattern - - I ended up making an OOP Vogue pattern that I have. It came out great actually. I've submitted it the Threads, so maybe they will publish it.
4/12/06 10:27 PM
Thank you for your thoughtful review. Would you consider adding a photo of the actual HP muslin for comparison? The pattern photo is useful but I would appreciate seeing what it looked like sewn up, to compare to your finished product.
4/12/06 10:50 PM
Sorry Tailypo I wish I could, but I tossed both muslins over a week ago. I didn't think to keep them, as I had no further use for them. I'll try to remember to keep them in future for reviews.
4/12/06 10:59 PM
Oh Belinda, what a saga. You are so persistent - I really admire that. This would have been a wadder for me, for sure. Every HP review I read puts me off them just a little bit more. My limited sewing time just doesn't factor in endless muslins and tweaking. I hope you get to wear the cardigan after so much trouble.
4/12/06 11:02 PM
Thanks for the detail on the armhole! I have found the same problem with HP fitting in the armhole/shoulder area and have made very similar adjustments!
4/12/06 11:20 PM
Thanks for the review - I'm sorry that your perseverance didn't produce a well loved garment! I agree with drsue, this did actually turn out nice, though.
4/12/06 11:39 PM
Well, it's the prettiest carpet I've ever seen!
Very helpful and honest review which will hopefully save others the trouble you had. I like how you pointed out the HP features or problems and then explained how you solved them with PMB instead of redrafting the HP from scratch. Oh, and I love the trim!! :)
4/13/06 0:11 AM
I have made sweater knits with a shawl collar, but did not use any facings or fusible. It would not be too hard to finish the edge of the shawl/ front edge with your binding. It is a very pretty style, even if its not *your* style. I also am kinda shocked at the proportions of HP Glamour Girl sizing. It should fit me, if you go by the measurements, but I am swimming in the ones I've tried.
4/13/06 0:17 AM
Thanks for the heads up on this pattern. I am beginning to think, based on your and other's experience, that HP will not work for me. I have large biceps and a constrictive sleeve just won't work for me. Too bad, they are such stylish patterns. I think your cardigan looks quite nice on you and I like the lace detail. Sounds like a lot of work though.
4/13/06 0:27 AM
Belinda, this is a very pretty "carpet as you say :) Maybe at a later stage, you could recut it into a TNT style so at least you save the lovely fabric.
4/13/06 0:30 AM
Congratulations on being so persistent :-). I haven't tried HP yet, but it seems to be the same for everyone - people are happy after they completely redraft. Not quite up to par!
You're a -great- photographer... always a pleasure to read your review.
4/13/06 3:20 AM
Oh dear. I have terrible timing. I just ordered this pattern in GG and received the shipping notification this morning. I did consider getting the slinky girl because I had to narrow the shoulders so much on the plain+ simple T but was swayed again by the D cup in GG. Thanks for all the detail in your review. I hope I can manage a result half as pretty as yours.
4/13/06 3:59 AM
Belinda, the finished product looks cute. I'm guessing maybe you should take style ideas from Hot Patterns and use PMB to execute them. I detest those sweater knits -- nothing but trouble.
4/13/06 7:25 AM
Well it looks lovely Belinda, even if it isn't your style & feels like a carpet. Sorry to hear about HP, you are amazing, how you keep pushing for that finished garment one way or another.
4/13/06 7:36 AM
Your cardigan still ended up awfully pretty despite all your troubles. Your review was extremely helpful and nudges me closer and closer to ordering PMB.
4/13/06 8:04 AM
That's a lot of work you put into this and I think it looks very nice. I have made shawl collar cardigans with knits and did not use any interfacing and everything turned out just fine - like you I think knits really do not need to be interfaced if you are going for a soft unstructured look. Great review and a big heads up for sewing with HP
4/13/06 9:10 AM
Good review, very insightful - but isn't this really a PMB review instead of a HotPatterns review? Wonderful outcome despite the trouble, and you look great in it.
4/13/06 9:50 AM
Looks great, and kudos to you for persevering. I'm just about to start sewing with HP. Because I am a not-large person with a very large bust (32F) I am always looking for patterns that are sized for fuller busts. But I've also had a lot of disasters where stuff ends up too big around my upper chest, neck and shoulders, even when I buy by the high bust measurement in some cases. (For example, Betzina recommends that people buy her patterns using full bust measurement, but even those end up too big for me. So I estimate and choose her size "D" and do a FBA -- perfect!) It's often hard to figure out the best size to sew with in a case like mine. But I've made fewer mistakes lately by putting extra effort in to choosing my size before I begin. Since I'm about to buy my first HP's, I wrote the HP folks and described my shape and my usual challenges in enough detail to give them a sense of what I face. Then I asked THEM to recommend a size for me. I was surprised when Jeremy wrote back advising that I use Slinky Girl, as I would have chosen Glamour Girl on my own. But from everything I read in these reviews on HPs, I am quite confident that Slinky will be right for me. The HP people are very good about giving personalized advice by e-mail! So I recommend, with anyone else wanting to start with HP, if you're not sure where to begin, ask Jeremy and Trudy, and save yourselves some trouble from the outset. Again, Great job, Sew4Fun!
4/13/06 10:01 AM
It seems this is more of a PMB, rather than HP review. Still good for the comparisons. -Ann
4/13/06 10:12 AM
This review is very helpful and informative. Thanks so much. your jacket is lovely despite the stated problems.
4/13/06 10:40 AM
Barbara at Cat Fur Studio
Thanks for the great info on your process. I appreciate knowing the changes you needed to make and why. Very educational!
4/13/06 6:37 PM
Gorgeous cardigan, nevertheless! I think it looks darling on you!
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