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Date: 5/25/06 3:18 PM

Iím working on a cadeau top from Hot Patterns. After sewing the sleeves and the front and back together, I decided to try the top on, just to check the size. I have added the neck facing yet.

The neckline was falling off of my shoulders unbelievably. My husband got such a laugh when he saw it, but it just wasnít wearable. (Does anyone remember the old movie Flashdance? The neck of her top fit better. )

The first time that I did this, Lorna suggested in another thread that the top ran large, so took the top apart and recut the top two sizes smaller, from a size 14 to an 8 in the shoulder area. I still needed the room in the hip.

I can feel a little pull in the arm area, so Iím nervous about going smaller through the neck, although, I could try. Could anyone give me any guidance what changes I am going to need to make?

Would added the facing take up the slack? Or should I fix things before I go further?

Barb

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Date: 5/25/06 3:57 PM

Hi Barb,
The top band isn't a facing, it's a neck band that's faced. In other words, the long side of the top band is stitched to the body of the shirt and then it's faced with its mate. The top would be unwearable without the neck band on!

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Date: 5/25/06 3:59 PM

Thanks, Carrie! I hope that accounts for the looseness. It looks as if it is going to be a nice top.

Barb

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Date: 5/25/06 5:14 PM

I wear a size 6 and after 3 muslins, I stopped working on the neckline of the Cadeau T.

Motorposus included instructions for making the neckline smaller in her review. I haven't tried these instructions, but they make logical sense to me. HTH.

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Date: 5/25/06 9:10 PM

Thanks so much, xenophea! I had read all of the reviews, I'm not sure how I skimmed past Motorposusí suggestions. Iím fairly narrow shouldered too.

I'll try that suggestion. And since I am trying on the top before I have added the band, maybe the band will take up some of the neck, too.

Barb

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Date: 5/25/06 9:26 PM

Sorry, haven't read motorpuses changes yet either, but my thought was that you could make the neckband wider to make it fit closer to the neck? That's what I sort of figured I was going to have to do since I have narrow and sloping shoulders (and hence haven't even bothered to try this one yet, since it's clearly not the best style for a non-shouldered person).

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Date: 5/25/06 9:51 PM

The one thing I did do was to add some ribbon straps to the shoulders to loop under the bra straps to keep them from slipping off my sloped shoulders ... that combined with the wider area int he shoulder band could work. Imstead of making a new muslin, perhaps you can just do a new band and add it on? Or do a second one in a contrast colour and make it wider and stitch underneath for a design element?

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Date: 5/25/06 11:54 PM

beangirl - And of course, Iíve had to jump in and make a top that doesnít work very well on narrow very, very sloping shouldered people!

It has been a good fabric for using a really nice piece of velour that Iíve had around. I had this really nice thick stretch velour in ivory and black stripes. It looks great with this top.

Thatís not a bad idea! Iím going to try the top as it is printed, but making the neckbands wider isnít a bad idea.

Lorna - Add a bra strap carriers isnít a bad idea either! I may try that if the band slips! At least I have plenty of my trim fabric!

Barb

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Date: 5/26/06 8:31 AM

Or you can wear a shell under the top with the straps covering your bra. That'll be a good layered look.

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Date: 5/26/06 8:56 AM

I was thinking that too, sort of retro 80's (but in a good way), great for a winter sweater.

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