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|Cynthia Guffey Patterns: T-2009 (Princess seam top) - Type:Tops |
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|Posted on:||12/27/12 5:40 PM |
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|Pattern Rating:||Highly Recommend |
|Fabric:||Silk Dupioni [See other projects in this fabric]|
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From Cynthia's web site: Princess seamlines originate at shoulders----long, short, cap sleeve versions------two neckline versions----center back zipper.
1,2,3 - only three sizes. I made a size 1, and I am generally a size 12 in the big name pattern brands.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
yes, better because the pattern envelope is only a sketch. I saw her in this shirt at a sewing expo and thought it was beautiful, so I knew this pattern had potential.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Instructions were ok, basically just hand written instructions- no frills. There are no helpful hints if you don't know how to do something - such as inserting a zipper which is required for this pattern. I don't think patterns are Cynthia's focus as a business, the instructions are bare bones. I would not recommend this pattern to a beginner.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I was very nervous to try this pattern given the lack of illustrations or typical help found in nstructions. Given the small number of pieces, the pattern came together easily and I love the unique cowl neckline made for a woven fabric.
I wish Cynthia had included a picture of how to close the cowl neck in the back of the garment. The instructions just say to close with snaps- a little more detail would have been helpful.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Since there were only three sizes for this pattern - I knew it would require some fitting. The princess seams made it very easy to fit the top for a more flattering close fit.
Cynthia included pattern pieces for a facing that attaches to the neckline, but I eliminated this step. It may help to create a more finished neckline - but I thought the facing could get in the way and prove to be more annoying than helpful. Instead, I serged the cowl to the neckline and then understiched the seam flat to the neckline.
I used an invisible zipper to close the back of the garment - it was quick to install and looks professional.
The cowl neck is a bit generous. If I make this shirt again, I will decrease the width of the cowl by at least a couple of inches.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes, I can see having this cowl neck blouse in different sleeve lengths.
The neckline and princess lines are flattering.
Unique, sophisticated top. The appearance of this pattern scared me off for a while - hand drawn pattern and hand written instructions - but it came together easily. More info on my blog Sew Carrie
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