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Pattern Reviews> McCall's> 4007 (palmer/pletsch classic fit)

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Posted on:7/27/08 5:04 PM
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trclaws said... (6/25/13 3:15 AM) Reply
What a helpful review, especially with so many construction photos - I was amazed by the one showing the end of the band joining the garment with perfectly matched right angled stripes! And I DO love seersucker. I have this pattern - thanks for all the warnings - sounds like I'll need to take my vitamins before I attempt it!
Karendee said... (8/4/08 6:26 PM) Reply
I do like the way you look in this Kimono-style top. Most wrap tops look entirely too low cut, as if they would unwrap momentarily. Good Review!
cmarie12 said... (8/2/08 12:04 PM) Reply
I keep hoping that a review of a wrap top on a full busted woman will work...I am still hoping! :) This was a great exercise and hopefully if you make it again in a different fabric you will have a better result.
ITAdmin said... (7/31/08 7:54 AM) Reply
Annette, I just found this. The review was great and entertaining reading, but I'm torn about the actual garment. I do like seersucker, but as a general rule, don't like wrap garments. Your review of the pattern doesn't give me much hope for my Palmer-Pletsch pattern (a princess-seamed shell) which I haven't tried yet. Guess I'll put it off a little longer.
Heatherrique said... (7/28/08 4:55 PM) Reply
Oh Annette....I am getting more entertained and informed from reading your reviews than what I read in recent issues of Vogue patterns and Sew Stylish....I feel like I am sewing along with you! Your wrap top is actually chic and I like the ruched effect in the front. I personally think you can wear it out of the house in style with some accessories. You would look so cool in some red hoop earrings and a matching beaded necklace! Then tell Bailey, I am really ready to go out for dinner and dancing!
Stitchcakes said... (7/28/08 12:20 PM) Reply
Thanks for this great review! I have this pattern and will refer to it with gratitude when I go to make this top. I think this top looks good. I think most problems are more a fabric issue than anything. It kind of reminds me of those really expensive pajamas that are too good and fussy to actually wear!
Mahler said... (7/28/08 7:58 AM) Reply
Annette, I was waiting for others to write their comment before I write mine. I was unable to make my mind either I like it or not. I looked at the picture 10 times and I do like the fit on you. I don't agree that this top should not be worn by full breasted woman. I think that it looks like an interior gown because of the fabric. I black cotton with a little sheer in it and may be a contrasting band, you top would have been really nice. You are a very patient sewer.
Karen8320 said... (7/28/08 3:13 AM) Reply
Annette, I've often wondered whether you ever sleep. You are prolific with your sewing and prolific with posting reviews and I always wonder how you manage to fit everything in. You've answered my question in this review. In the middle of the night when the rest of us are asleep, you are up doing sewing-related activities! You've done such a fabulous job with this review and have persevered with this beyond the point where I would have given up and thrown things away. Given what you've done here and what you've discovered along the way, you must give it another go in a drapey knit. I think the style is quite flattering on you but the fabric just doesn't work with it. A knit will give you the softness that I think this needs. I also don't think such big pleats are a good look. Smaller pleats that let the fabric fold tends to soften things. At the end of the day, you are the only one who knows whether you want to give this another shot.
Annette1 said... (7/28/08 0:08 AM) Reply
Hey, I'm thinking maybe I'll call this one pajamas, and that way I can say it's a success! :o))
moushka said... (7/27/08 11:37 PM) Reply
I always love your reviews, Annette. You really should be a writer. I bought this one when it first came out but I think it's time to let it go. I don't have your patience for finessing the details. I wonder how many clothespins the model has hidden behind her back, lol? You did a fabulous job on the blouse but I must agree with Debbie: it does have it's bathrobe side because of the fabric. The collar frames your face nicely, and you did a lovely job of sewing it. In another fabric, it would probably be very pretty. Sue
Sherril Miller said... (7/27/08 11:19 PM) Reply
I got as far as the muslin stage on this one and never made it in the good stuff. I admire your perseverance in getting it done, but like Debbie, I thought, "bathrobe" when I saw the picture. I do think in a better fabric that you did get a good fit and it looks nice, just a bit stiff. Try it in something drapy.
Elona said... (7/27/08 10:44 PM) Reply
Magnificent review! Boy, a lot of work went into the construction and then the description of the construction. But although this one is in my stash, I think I will not be making it. Hey, it does look nice on you, perhaps a bit in the way of couturier mammogram gown, but perfectly presentable in the outside world.
carolynw said... (7/27/08 8:34 PM) Reply
Annette I really like the way it fits you but I am no fan of seersucker so while I give you thumbs up for the fit the fabric makes me feel hmmmm? For what it's worth I made this some time back and it was a total wadder and - no - I am not inspired to try this again your rating is very kind "mediocre" is more than I gave it and I am certainly a small busted gal!!
Debbie Cook said... (7/27/08 6:12 PM) Reply
Um ... brutally honest? I'm thinking bathrobe that's been chopped off (due to the seersucker). But I agree with you that with a drapey knit, this would be so much prettier and it would be flattering on you. I double-dog dare you to have another go with it, using a knit. And then see what Bailey has to say. If he doesn't like that one, Kung Fu him on the head. Love your new avatar pic, BTW!
Mary Nanna said... (7/27/08 5:19 PM) Reply
Let me be the first to say it looks really cute on you ! I love the waist detailing - and you did well to keep going with those instructions. I have come to the conclusion myself that cross over tops only work really well on a full bust if you have broad shoulders to balance the diagonal line. I think it is a very nice silhouette on you!
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