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Pattern Reviews> LaFred> Clio Blouse (Clio Blouse)

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Posted on:9/8/09 5:07 AM
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Athene said... (12/22/09 9:11 AM) Reply
I like your both your versions. Good that you were able to alter it more to your liking.
Barbara V said... (9/14/09 11:12 AM) Reply
There you go!---it turned out really nice and is a good fit. You put in a lot of time to achieve this, but now you have a lovely comfortable top to wear and enjoy!
marec said... (9/13/09 1:16 PM) Reply
ohh, I like this very much. What perseverance you showed in this save.
carolynw said... (9/13/09 12:20 PM) Reply
Good for you - great save!!
Michelle L said... (9/13/09 12:16 PM) Reply
Great job in salvaging this pattern. I really like what you have done with the stripes on the fabric, moving from bias to on-grain. it really adds something special!
CarolynGM said... (9/13/09 10:21 AM) Reply
Great save! The slimmed down version of the top is much more flattering on you.
lamstu said... (9/10/09 5:36 AM) Reply
Thank you all for taking the time to send your suggestions. This afternoon, I started deconstructing in preparation for trying to save this top. I'll post again when I'm happy or I've given up! (Barbara V: I had prewashed the fabric, as I love the softness that linen takes on after repeated washer/dryer cycles. I washed and dried it again per your comment and wasn't any happier than before. I always prewash my fabrics when I get them so that I can start right up when the sewing mood hits me.)
Danvillegirl said... (9/9/09 11:32 AM) Reply
Sorry this did not turn out as expected. As others have said the workmanship and fabric are perfect, but the style may not be for you. My only suggestion for taming the fullness is to perhaps undo the side seams, reduce some of the width of the fabric in the lower part of the shirt and resew.
Elona said... (9/8/09 11:11 AM) Reply
Oh, this top is really, really cute! However, I see what you mean about the fit. Like Patti, I suspect the size might be a little large for you. Perhaps turning the top inside out and taking in the seams a bit wherever possible might remove enough of the flare to make the top pleasing to you?
Barbara V said... (9/8/09 11:00 AM) Reply
lamstu, don't give up on your top yet! The fabric and stripes are beautiful and look really nice in this pattern. Can you take in the side seams any more and still pull it on? I worked with mine in that area to get a closer fit. Also, I didn't notice anything about your prewashing the fabric, but now that the garment is completed, maybe a handwash and gentle tumble in the dryer would soften and allow it to better relax to fit your body. Good luck.
Patti B said... (9/8/09 9:35 AM) Reply
I think that it's the combo of fabric with this pattern that is the problem. Hmm, I see that Barbara V's top is also linen but has a closer-to-the-body fit. Perhaps that's it -- you need a smaller size? It does seem a bit large through the shoulder area and hence through the body. So sorry that you're not happy with the results.
carolynw said... (9/8/09 8:33 AM) Reply
Now this will surprise you but I think it looks quite nice but if you aren't comfortable with it then I second Renren -somethigns are just not meant to be. Real shame cause you fabric looks so nice.
renren said... (9/8/09 8:05 AM) Reply
As usual, the workmanship looks flawless, and the fabric lovely. The fit looks good, too. But how you feel about clothing is as important as all of those things, so I understand why sometimes things don't work just based on that. Still, a nice looking top.
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