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Reviewed by:Moxie Carol

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Posted on:5/26/02 1:27 PM
Last Updated:12/2/02 0:55 AM
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Alison Cummins said... (12/5/03 5:05 PM) Reply
Carol, you posted a photo... but when I tried to look at it I got an error message saying that I was forbidden access.
said... (11/7/02 4:52 AM) Reply
Carol, it sounds really beautiful and interesting!
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said... (11/7/02 1:25 AM) Reply
I like this vest, too, but will also cut the shoulders a little narrower next time. And I wish I had realized earlier that the lining shows...I wouldn't have cheaped out.
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said... (10/8/02 3:37 AM) Reply
I made the jacket using heavy weight silk and scraps of vintage kimonos from Ah! Kimono. I embellished the back and upper front with pieced strips from the scraps, made a pleated pocket, and all in all used about 5 different fabrics, not including the kimone scraps. The end result was great! While it sounds busy, in fact, the jacket is designed for embellishment, and ended up looking well thought out, rather than scattered. Since I'm a plus size, I appreciate the roominess that Lois allows in her patterns. I did, however, have to add some extra fabric around the bottom - which is where there is more of me - the lines were a bit too straight for my pear shaped figger! The top, however, fit fine - although I did have to use shoulder pads as well. I plan to make this pattern more than once - it's one of the few commercial patterns that has worked for me.
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said... (5/27/02 12:23 PM) Reply
I agree with most everything the reviewer had to say but the shoulders are extremely broad which is normal with most of these patterns. I sized down a size, too. I made my out of a black rayon with some weight to it but made the bands in a taupe and black tiny checked rayon that I had to interface to give it some body. My pants were in that same fabric so it was a smart looking pantsuit. I put antique gold beads on the pockets and hanging on the ties and it is one of my favorite outfits and I always get compliments on it. I am going to make a shirt next. You can almost always count on going down a size on all her tops but I never make her bottoms, too many other good patterns out there.
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said... (5/26/02 6:24 PM) Reply
I have made this vest up twice and I really liked the results. Pay attention to the width across the shoulders, if that is too wide you will look like a "Romulan" from Star Trek. It is a fun pattern and I agree that it's a natural for art to wear projects. I hope to make some of the tops from this pattern, too.
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