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Message Board > Sewing Techniques and Tips > Can you get used to woven tops? ( Moderated by MissCelie)

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Can you get used to woven tops?
Always feel "bound" by them
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Date: 6/24/13 4:40 PM

Knits can't be found here, unless you favor wild zigzags or poor quality.
Just tried S 1693, a wadder, and also don't like the Collete, which many do. Am I spoiled by knit stretchiness? The only top wovens I can wear are button-downs shirts. Any other perfect patterns that work for you?
Did make a nice sundress from a Hancock's stretch poplin, a rare sale find. It's from the Heather Ross book "Weekend Sewing" found in our library. It's the cute Trapeze Dress with wide straps and curved chest band. (Don't know how to add a Review from companies not listed.)

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Date: 6/24/13 5:39 PM

The quality of fabric available is generally inferior to the past in my opinion....basically lots of cheap polyester crap from China.
I have found a kimono sleeve basic front button shirt I traced off an LLBean one is roomy, non binding and can be made from cotton for summer comfort. Good luck

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Date: 6/24/13 6:11 PM

Gramma, I'm with you. I've been working on some simple pull over tops. Doesn't matter how loosey goosey I make them, I still feel like they binds. I'm also working with a DDD bust and anything like a pull over woven, makes a tent. I did get one pattern pretty much where I want it(Simplicity 2599). I leave off all the ruffles and flowers. When I wore the "wearable muslin" to get my hair cut, the first thing my hair dresser said was, I need vertical darts to make it more fitted. I don't want it fitted. I just want a little waist shaping and a nice flow from the breast area.

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Date: 6/24/13 6:30 PM

This is odd but works for me....I bought a new racer-back bra (front closure) that is so comfortable to wear under cotton blouses. Prior to this new combo, I hated how bra straps always seemed to slide under woven blouses....something about that armscye seam and the straps maybe.

Try it....might be less "binding".

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Date: 6/24/13 6:47 PM

When I look in my closet, I have more wovens that I do have knits. But my wovens are made out of rayon, challis, and silk.

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Date: 6/24/13 7:00 PM

On of the issues of sewing with wovens (that most of us tend to forget), is that too big (across the shoulders or upper chest) can actually cause as much "binding" as being too small.

I've noticed this in my RTW - because of my narrow shoulders, when I buy a top that is wide enough for my hips, the shoulder seams fall off my shoulders by an inch (or more) on each side. This puts the armscye in the wrong place, and limits my arm mobility. If I pull the shoulder seam to the right place (by gathering up the shoulder seam between my fingers), I regain the movement in the shoulder.

Check the location of the seam (or opening) that crosses the shoulder seam. Does it hang over (or otherwise intrude on) your arm? Then you may need a narrow shoulder adjustment. Perhaps in combination with a FBA, depending on the pattern.

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Date: 6/24/13 7:38 PM

Here is a post on Shams' blog about a verticle FBA. I'm not sure if it would work on a woven, but I may give it a try. I believe she's a PR member, but I don't know her PR name. I'd love to wear more woven than knit tops during the summer.


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Date: 6/24/13 7:42 PM

Ugh, yes. I can barely get myself to wear a woven top now. If I make a woven bias cut top in a drapey fabric then it feels ok. Burda 7509 has worked well for me. Rayon faille or challis makes it non binding enough but a cotton lawn, no. I want to tear it off except I like the print too much so I make myself wear it occasionally, lol.

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Date: 6/24/13 8:28 PM

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On of the issues of sewing with wovens (that most of us tend to forget), is that too big (across the shoulders or upper chest) can actually cause as much "binding" as being too small.




This is so true! I like to sew with BurdaStyle and have to pay attention to the width of the shoulder. Burda designs for broad shoulders, which can bind when your personal shoulders are narrower.

I have very few knit tops in my closet, because a woven top is so much more flattering IMO. If you're truly interested in woven tops, take a look at Cutting Line Designs patterns - many are shirt-like but there are some cute woven shells in her line, too.

I also recently made Kwik-Sew 3377, which is also now a favorite.

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Date: 6/24/13 8:52 PM

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Just tried S 1693, a wadder, and also don't like the Collete, which many do. Am I spoiled by knit stretchiness?

I've tried to make some long-sleeve blouses/shirts for myself from wovens and I always feel like they do not fit right.
I suspect the problem is knits v.s. wovens. I have not worn a woven l/s shirt in 20+ years, so I totally understand your feeling of being bound.
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