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|Pattern Size:||Plus-Sized Regular |
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|Pattern Rating:||Recommend, with Modifications |
|Fabric:||Ponte Knit [See other projects in this fabric]|
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New from the Spring 2012 Armani runway, this kimono/princess seam knit top with the peplum hemline is flattering on every figure type. The cup sizing is built into the princess seaming in the front. This pattern is for 1 or 2 way stretch knits and works with all kinds of knit weights. Silk knits, rayon knits, and cotton knits work well.
Pattern Sizing: Sizes 1-4 and 5W-8W. I made a 4. The sizing on Silhouette patterns is based on the finished garment size, so you can choose how much ease you like. They also include pieces for cup sizes A-D. I think that the pattern envelope has the waist and bust lines reversed, for the sizes 1-4, as the waists are all 3 inches larger than the busts! This made choosing the pattern size difficult. I ended up going with a size 4, which was a good fit in the bust, but not the waist or the sleeves.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, but I did make a different sleeve.
Were the instructions easy to follow? There isn't a separate waist or peplum piece, so it is extremely easy to sew. The line drawing shows a set in sleeve, but the actual pattern has the sleeve cut on the side front and back pieces, so that there is a seam that will run down the center of your sleeve from the neck. Here is a Back View and a Side View.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I had purchased a ponte knit top from white house/black market that I absolutely love. I was looking for something to duplicate that look.
Fabric Used:Red Ponte knit.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
The fit on the body was way too large in the waist, and way too tight in the sleeves. I nipped in the side front and back seams just under the bust about 1" on each seam to give it some shape, thus reducing the original waist by 4 inches.
The sleeve piece was a little more involved. Because the sleeve is cut on the side front and back pieces, the stretch of the fabric ends up going with the length of the sleeve. If my fabric would have had stretch in both length, and width, the sleeve might have fit, but because it didn't, I needed to cut a new sleeve. I removed the too tight section, measured it, and cut a one piece sleeve that was large enough to go around my arms, and laid it so that the stretch of the fabric would go around the sleeve as well.
I also added 1-1/2 inches to the body pieces and the new sleeve piece. I had enough fabric to make a straight skirt from Mccalls 6654- a great basic knit skirt pattern that sews up in 30 minutes. Here is another combination with White Pants made from Vogue 1200, which I made last year.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I like the end result! It's really comfortable, and the fabric is warm enough to wear in winter in Illinois. It does look far better with a belt, and the neckline needs either a necklace or scarf. I do recommend the pattern, but watch out for potential problems with the sleeve if your fabric doesn't have a lot of stretch to it, like mine, and be prepared to nip in the waist if you like a more fitted look.
All pics are on my Blog Post.
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