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Posted on:1/30/14 10:06 PM
Last Updated:5/1/14 5:00 PM
Project Photo:Christine Jonson: e738 by LoriIKC

Christine Jonson: e738 by LoriIKC  
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Christine Jonson Pattern Info
Pattern Rating:Great Wardrobe Builder
Review Rating: Very Helpful by 1 people   
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Fabric:Sweater Knit  [See other projects in this fabric]
Pattern Description: Close fitting, raised cowl neckline tunic or hip length top

Pattern Sizing: XS to XL. I made a medium which is my usual size with CJ Patterns.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? The top looked like the sketch on the pattern.

Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions were well written with 20 photographs to guide you through construction. One thing that was confusing about the instructions is that the photographs aren't directly next to the step being described. No doubt, this was done to conserve printing space. Each step references photos and it is clear what photos to look at.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? It's a simple design that goes together quickly. There is an option for a drapier neckline which I will make the next time I sew this pattern.

The instructions really focused on how important the seam that goes from shoulder to shoulder around the back neckline is to making the tunic since it is a focal point for construction. The photos in the instructions really helped with how this seam needs to be constructed.

The facing for the drape seems a bit skimpy at the center front. I may cut that more straight across the next time I make it. If it's too much, I can always trim it back.

Fabric Used: I used a poly sweater knit with a bit of sparkle yarn in it.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I didn't make any alterations to the pattern since Christine Jonson top patterns usually fit with to changes. I feel that the shoulder seams on this top sit about 1 inch farther back on my shoulders than they should. I will move the shoulder seams forward the next time I make this top.

Added 5/1/2014: I have worn this top a number of times and really like it. It consistently gets compliments but my sewing friends agree with me that the shoulder seams sit too far back. Examining the pattern, the back armscye seam is about 1/2 inch shorter than the front seam. On most patterns, the back armscye seam is longer than the front. This explains why the shoulder seam sits back so far.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I will definitely make this pattern again and would recommend it to others. I can see making a shorter, sleeveless version for warmer weather.

Conclusion: This pattern is a great wardrobe builder with a lot of opportunities to change it up.

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Karine said...
Love this top! It's such a pretty drape on the neck. Thanks for the review.
1/31/14 9:47 AM
Andi said...
Your top is really nice. I didn't have a problem with the shoulder, but I also used a very drapey rayon lycra knit. Thanks for sharing!
5/1/14 7:18 PM
Elona said...
"I feel that the shoulder seams on this top sit about 1 inch farther back on my shoulders than they should." Funny--I found the exact same problem with this one.
5/1/14 8:39 PM
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