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I love doing costumes. And yours looks wonderful. You have graduated from the Dummy club and should move on to other patterns! hehehe
10/30/02 3:42 AM
i agree, deepika. i've made it and it is a nice top but there are other nice patterns for tops like this for a lesser price.
10/30/02 3:46 AM
Thanks for an honest review. I've wondered the same thing and have held off investing in this pattern.
10/30/02 9:28 AM
Deepika, you are right. I bought this pattern several years ago, before Gigi's reviews alerted me to Kwik Sew pattrns. They fit me better, at half the price. I should update my review of this pattern with a note about that.
10/30/02 10:49 AM
This pattern sounds like made by a non-sewer! You made the best out of it, and your son looks SO cute, happy and proud in his costume!
10/30/02 11:53 AM
Good review, Deepika. Thanks.
10/30/02 1:12 PM
It's great when your intended recipient LOVES what you make. I also found a Simplicity hat a little small, but I've had good success with hoods from one Butterick and two McCall's patterns. And really, costumes should be the easiest, most foolproof, and most forgiving on size in the whole catalogue!
10/30/02 1:13 PM
How CUUUUUUUUUUUUTE!!!!!!!!! :)
10/30/02 1:18 PM
Deepika, I like how the cowl top looks on you. I have made several of these tops but have to alter the arm, and my arms aren't that big
. I have this wonderful Malden Mills sweater knit, going to do a JJill inspired top. After your review and my love of Kwik SEw, I think KS wins for my new top. Thanks for the honest review.
10/30/02 11:42 PM
I just finished this pattern tonite. I have read about the tight sleeves and indeed they are. The pattern I had included a correction for the hem. I still had a bit of a problem getting it to look nice at the slits. Can someone tell me how they did this so that it looks professional. Thanks.
10/31/02 1:39 AM
Peggy, the sleeves are indeed a little tight but I dont mind them that way. As far as slits are concerned, I omitted that step since my top was high hip lenght. But basically what you need to do is fold the hem facing to the right side and then sew the slits, turn inside out and sew the hem. Makes sense? Mini explains this in her review of the cowl top.
10/31/02 1:42 AM
Boo Hoo Hoo! I just spent the money and ordered this pattern on Sunday. I should be getting it any day. I have just lost my excitement for making many winter sweaters and tops out of this pattern :(. I was really looking for something special.
10/31/02 2:20 AM
Deepika, your sweater looks great on you. I LOVE this pattern - I have made it about ten times since I bought it in January.
10/31/02 8:41 AM
Deepika, I think this top looks wonderful, and I think you'll enjoy having it. Yes, the LH patterns are more expensive, but the look is classic and it fits you well, so the investment is certainly not a loss. If you found a RTW cowl neck that fit like this one, I bet you'd buy it!
10/31/02 8:52 AM
Sherril come to think of it there are a few design details like 4" hem and slits in the sides. What I meant was that this is a very nice pattern but if you already have cowl neck pattern, you can easily add these details in that one. It fits me ok so I guess I'll be making more so money is well spent. Gigi did you do any alterations on yours?
10/31/02 9:59 AM
Deepika, I narrowed the shoulders and shortened the sleeves. On my Slinky versions I went down a size, which worked out perfectly. I do not have skinny arms but so far haven't had trouble with Loes' sleeves. But I do like a narrow, fitted sleeve anyway so maybe it's personal preference more than anything.
10/31/02 10:26 AM
I haven't tried any of the Kwik Sew t-neck/cowl neck patterns yet so I can't really compare. I'm with Gigi on the sleeve fit; I do have kind of narrow wrists and so many long sleeved patterns just kind of flop around that the slim fit through the sleeves on this pattern was very pleasing to me. I really think you're right, Deepika, in that the trick is in choosing one which works for you ;)
10/31/02 11:16 AM
Deepika, thanks for this frank review. Your top looks fab! I will say that pattern value is tremendously subjective. For me, the Loes Hinse patterns are worth every cent because I know that they will fit right out of the envelope. Kwik Sew is still uncharted territory, although thanks to this site, KS is getting higher and higher on my list. My two favorite turtle or cowl neck tops are Christine Jonson's BaseWear and LH's Cowl, and my challenge is to avoid buying any others that you all make sound so tantalizing!
10/31/02 11:50 AM
Deepika, this top is absolutely stunning on you. I have difficulty seeing that the weave is off-grain. You should make this pattern many times because it fits you so well and looks so good.
10/31/02 4:04 PM
Thank you all for your nice comments. So its decided then, my money was well spent on this pattern and now I will have to make it in a better on-grain ;-) fabric.
10/31/02 4:12 PM
Deepika, the top does look terrific on you--custom-made, or the best of RTW. If you have pictures of yourself wearing an identical top from Kwik Sew or Burda, etc., can you see a difference in fit or shaping, anything that would make you prefer one pattern over another, just in terms of appearance?
10/31/02 4:39 PM
ok here's the comparison:
Stretch & Sew 1500
LH Cowl Top
what do you think?
10/31/02 5:01 PM
I love them all - but they are all different! (Now you know why I own nearly 500 patterns!) The KS is more of a classic t-neck that you would tuck in and use for layering, the S&S version is much more fitted through the waist (better put that one on my wish list!) and the LH has great upper body fit but just skims the waist (not something that you'd tuck in) and the t-neck looks so cozy. I think there would be room in a wardrobe for all three versions. I love wearing a long velour Cowl Top with leggings around the house on a cold day - it's so snuggly.
10/31/02 5:57 PM
Oh, I have to agree with Gigi, they all look so good on you, I like LH best though.Thanks Deepika!!!
10/31/02 6:42 PM
Thanks Marita and Gigi. Gigi how did you shorten the shoulders cause they are tad big for me too. Although I can live with it but would like to try it. Another thing, I did not do any forward shoulder alteration in this top and it does not bother me.. Why is that?
10/31/02 6:46 PM
The LH cowl and the S&S look as though they have slightly higher armholes, which is very becoming to you (you're petite, I think?). The Kwik Sew has an extremely comfortable, and to my eye, maybe a little more casual appearance. Darn it, there really IS something about the way that LH fits you! I've been trying to talk myself out of the higher-priced patterns, but am failing totally now. About the forward shoulder thing, I usually have to make that alteration, too, but when laying out the cowl top pattern the other night, I could see that the back armscye is noticeably longer than the front, so maybe Loes built that in. So many women these days need it, anyhow. (Just as an aside, the shoulder seam of all Lands Ends tees hits me just where it should, so maybe they figure their all women customers could use that correction.)
10/31/02 7:28 PM
Hi, since I've already tipped my hand, it will be no surprise that (with a forced choice) the LH Cowl is my favorite of the three. Having said that, I think they all look terrific, and I agree that the KS looks a bit more casual. Wow, what a wonderful wardrobe of tops you have!
10/31/02 8:16 PM
Deepika, I can't help it, I prefer the LH top on you. I like the other ones for casual wear. The LH Cowl seems more tailored. Try making it without the cowl. The neckline is my absolute favorite, neither round nor boat neck but somehow just right for this little bear.
10/31/02 8:20 PM
I like all 3 tops, but the KS does seem looser and more casual; the S&S...hard to tell without a long sleeve...The LH looks a little sleeker, perhaps because of the narrower sleeves. I think this pattern is one you'll enjoy.
10/31/02 9:07 PM
I too think they all look good but I like the way the LH fits at the top. Incidentally, Loes designs to have the sleeves at what she calls the "mouse" of the hand which pretty much where you have yours.
11/1/02 1:39 AM
My favorite is the Stretch & Sew, but that is more a style comment than a fit comment. The LH is more drapey while the S&S is more fitted. The Kwik-Sew is more casual.
11/1/02 10:58 AM
Deepika, I just shaved a bit off of the shoulder. I didn't have to add to the height of the sleeve cap. Perhaps Elona is right, maybe Loes is drafting for the modern shoulder which is often slightly forward. My shoulder is very forward (nearly 1") so I can never get away without this alteration unless it's a raglan sleeve.
11/1/02 12:24 PM
Deepika - I think I read somewhere recently that Loes designed for the "mature" figure which may answer the forward shoulder issue. I just got this pattern last week. Hopefully, I will have time to make it this weekend in some red knit I ordered from Gigi. All the tops look great on you!
11/1/02 2:23 PM
"Deepika - I think I read somewhere recently that Loes designed for the "mature" figure"
I am getting OLD :(
11/1/02 2:31 PM
Deeps - if you look at the big picture, you are still a baby! Enjoy your youth - maturity creeps up pretty quickly. :-) Forward shoulder is no longer limited to mature figures anyway. All of our children have grown up on computers and will likely all have the same problem.
11/1/02 2:33 PM
Actually, all European patterns are designed with the longer back armhole. This is one of the hallmarks of good fit for any clothing designed for adults. Think about it this way: shoulders ARE forward:)! The muscles groups that propel your forward arm movements are located in the upper back, and a good pattern draft accomodates this.
11/1/02 2:47 PM
I should have said the "over 35 or 40". You are a baby in my book - you're not much older than my kids!
11/1/02 4:59 PM
Thanks everyone. You guys are the BEST!!! I posted a review with a very unsure mind whether to keep this pattern or to sell it off to someone who will use it more. but now I am keeping it and working on my next version in a better fabric. I will shorten the cowl though.
11/1/02 5:41 PM
I love all the tops on you, but that S&S is special on you. The LH does flatter your bust nicely. Hmm, I wonder whether it can perform illusionary magic ... so it would flatter me there! ;) Have you made all these tops BS? (Before Serger?) Woiw! just think how'll you'll jam through them in the near future. By the way, I'm still very happy with my Elna Lock, Pro 5 DC Computer. It doesn't do the cover stitch, but I will probably do the twin needle topstitching anyhoo. Maybe a used one would be a good "get your feet wet" serger and you'd still probably have enough $$ left over to get a good fund going for your "dream serger." :) Great review, D. I love how you embedded links to all three tops: a mini-education for me (who hasn't sewn for myself in years!).
11/1/02 7:26 PM
This is a fabulously helpful set of comments and comparisons! I had also been thinking about buying the LH cowl pattern based entirely on reviews here, but put off by $17. I do see its appeal in the comparison photos but wonder how hard it would be to fold out a little length above the armhole, fold out same amount in the upper sleeve, lengthen and narrow sleeve slightly, and add a 4" hem to a KS pattern? This is my usual approach, to try to tailor basic patterns to what I want rather than having multiple versions. But I do see how subtle some of this shaping is... LH probably gets it better than I would. :-)
11/2/02 8:51 AM
It would be interesting to see all three patterns done in the same size, same fabric, same machine and see what the differences are.
11/16/02 11:49 PM
Oh NO i just bought this pattern to make tonight at a sewing class. I hope i manage it. Good call on the zipper, i'm taking the velcro back!
4/10/03 2:34 PM
Kath in ON
Hi Audrey. I'm making this again this year, and would love to know how you made the spats...
10/21/06 12:48 PM
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