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Posted on:2/25/06 9:00 PM
Review Rating: Very Helpful by 3 people   
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Lhan said... (3/1/06 5:42 AM) Reply
Thanks very much for the very helpful comments folks. Mini your point about adjusting for swayback is spot on - my next thing to accomplish in sewing is to get to grips with proper fitting, so this is an excellent place to start. Your idea slanden99 is interesting - I know I tend to use patterns that are if anything too big, out of fear of things being too tight. Probably the opposite to what I need to do. We live and learn. Cheers!
inkyannie said... (2/26/06 5:54 PM) Reply
Very nice. I like the collarless idea. I have had some enlightening experiences about my shape also. No so good.
slanden99 said... (2/26/06 1:10 PM) Reply
The front looks pretty good on you in the picture. I think you would have better luck with the back if you started with a smaller size and widened at the waist and hips. You'll also want to consider whether you need to shorten the length of the shirt so the shirt waist and your waist are in the same place. HTH
Mini said... (2/26/06 10:56 AM) Reply
Thanks for the review, this looks like an elegantly simple design. The back fitting problem is one of the most common, and very easy to fix. Many women find that the back length from the neck to waist is too long on standard misses patterns. This means that your own waist, and the point where your (inward) waist curve reverses to become your (outward) bottom curve, are not where the pattern drafters assumed they would be. For most women, it should be a bit further up on the pattern. If you look up "swayback" adjustment in a fitting book or sewing site, you see how simple this is to fix. It is really just measuring your own back length accurately, and adjusting the pattern so that the back waist and maximum dart curvature end up in the right spot for your figure. Once you have one pattern adjusted, you can use it as a template for the rest.
ryan's mom said... (2/26/06 10:51 AM) Reply
Your top looks so nice on you! I really like this style.
Nata said... (2/26/06 8:28 AM) Reply
Front fits you beautifully, as it was drafted for you! Good luck with tweaking the back.
pbrenneraz said... (2/26/06 1:22 AM) Reply
Lhan - thanks so much for reviewing this pattern. I have it and have wanted to make it up in a very similar fabric (ivory embroidered linen). I have resisted making it because I didn't like that back tie, but I have similar adiposal issues, haha (though mine are bigger :-) ). I'll try it with the tie to try and distract from that!
Lori V said... (2/25/06 10:25 PM) Reply
Looks like a very pretty shirt.
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