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Posted on:10/1/03 4:31 PM
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Rhonda Noah said... (10/5/03 12:52 PM) Reply
Betty, it was worth it. The fabric is really wonderful and perfect for this top. It doesn't photo very well, unfortunately. Sandi, the pix of the model's top on the pattern envelope certainly indicate that the pattern has plenty of ease. I guess the lesson learned here is to flat pattern measure regardless of the picture. ;-)
SANDI DEVOY said... (10/5/03 11:14 AM) Reply
I made this in a slinky from CJ and had pretty much the same experience as you did, except that I do have a serger and it is helpfu. But I was disappointed in the sizing, I have used LH patterns before so I thought I could use my usual size:(. I want to try it in a boucle as a boatneck, not a funnel.
Everyday Sewist said... (10/3/03 2:29 PM) Reply
The sweater looks great--I love that fabric. Despite the problems you described, it looks like it was worth it.
SouthernStitch said... (10/2/03 12:19 PM) Reply
Well, I simply have to try this boucle stuff, even though down here I'll only wear it a few times. Looks cozy - can't wait to see it on you at PR weekend!
Rhonda Noah said... (10/2/03 2:54 AM) Reply
Thanks for all the kind comments, ladies! You all were reading while I was sleeping. LOL Anyway, I should have pointed out that the pattern doesn't seem to give any indication on how much stretch the fabric needs to have, but it should probably have more than 20-25% stretch across the grain. I'm not a stretch expert, unfortunately, so can't really tell exactly how much. Tee Jay, I too trace my patterns, but it seems that everything about this pattern was flimsy from the envelope, the pattern paper and even the instruction sheet is thinner and floppier. For $16 I thought it would all feel more substantial. The final product was worth it; and I do love the fabric. But I'll probably pass on any more sweater knits until I have that serger. ;-)
Tonia Van Dyk said... (10/1/03 10:36 PM) Reply
Nice cuddly winter top, Rhonda! I have this pattern, just haven't gotten around to making it up yet. Perhaps if I find something for winter. BTW, I love your reference to Santa Baby... ;}
Karen Bowers said... (10/1/03 8:29 PM) Reply
it looks a lot like an eileen fisher sweater i got last winter! good for you!
AnneM said... (10/1/03 8:27 PM) Reply
Great review, great top! (Good luck on the serger.) I am interested in the boat-neck version of this pattern, particularly because of that dart on the shoulder.
Diane E said... (10/1/03 7:26 PM) Reply
Rhonda, your top is very very nice. I love that color and love boucle. I know what you mean about keeping track of the front and the back. Your point is very well taken. I hope Santa Baby gets your hints. Can we help by dropping him a few anonymous electronic nudges?
Debbie Spriggs said... (10/1/03 6:48 PM) Reply
This top really looks great in that pretty boucle. It always makes me feel so much better when someone has the same experience with a pattern as I did. I tried this one last winter in some black boucle with limited stretch from EOS. It was so tight I had to cut the cowl off or risk losing my ears! I will definitely size up on this one. Your review reminded me that I should be trying this one again, this time in a stretchier fabric.
KristenI said... (10/1/03 6:44 PM) Reply
I also recently got this pattern. I can't wait to make it, but got to finish what I'm working on first. Great review. Thanks!
CarolynGM said... (10/1/03 6:11 PM) Reply
The top looks fantastic. It looks like it was probably worth all the wrestling with the fabric.
Tee Jay said... (10/1/03 5:58 PM) Reply
I meant to also say your top looks very good, just hit the return button too soon.
Tee Jay said... (10/1/03 5:58 PM) Reply
Rhonda, I made this same top in a green boucle, too, but not a nice boucle, mine is a bit scratchy from Jo-Ann's. You're right, I have a hard time telling the front from the back. I always trace my patterns like this onto that gridded interfacing material from J's so I don't ruin the expensive original, also, you may want to go up a size for diff material.
Tiner W said... (10/1/03 5:00 PM) Reply
This is so pretty! I've been waiting for just the right fabric to make up this view--thanks for the warning on the neck.
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