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Message Board > Patterns and Notions > Looking for a top pattern ( Moderated by Sharon1952)

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Date: 8/25/08 11:35 AM

I've tried on a couple of tops like this fairly recently but they all gape at the bustline so I didn't buy one. They are usually in the sporty area - golf or yoga wear. A crossover top that makes a quite narrow V and the neckline extended enough so it looks like almost a mandarin collar, but not rounded at the front corners. Kinda/sorta like this
Of course, the ones I tried were lycra/cotton and not bridal! I don't really care about the cross over idea, it is the extended collar I like. I have wondered if I took a standard shirt pattern and morphed the collar stand into the front and back pieces if that would give me the general look I want. Any ideas? Does this make any sense at all?

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Date: 8/25/08 11:46 AM

Jalie 2682

Jalie has a pattern with a funnel neck (I think that's what it is called) where it comes up in the back and along the side of the neck....is this what you mean?

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Date: 8/25/08 6:02 PM

Is this something like the tops you were looking at: Lole top? I can't say I've seen a pattern that is a dead ringer for that, but maybe we can come close.

What about something like this: Vogue 2989? It doesn't have the same squared collar, but it does come up a bit higher than the usual wrap top to form a collar. If you don't like the ruching detail, I bet you could fairly easily fold that out of the pattern.

ETA: I should have read a bit more carefully - I didn't see that you don't care about the crossover bit. The collar basically looks like a rectangular strip of fabric, but it might have a bit of a curve to it? It looks kind of like the collar of a crew-neck T-shirt with a hunk cut out of the front.

ETA2: Ok, I'm really obsessing over this now On closer examination in the zoomed view, it looks like the collar might be woven? In that case, I think your idea of starting with a collar stand could definitely work. Or maybe the collar piece from something like this pattern: Butterick 4985 (but maybe that is pretty much the same as a collar stand anyway)
-- Edited on 8/25/08 6:37 PM --

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Date: 8/26/08 7:31 PM

Well, I took a grab bag of patterns from someone that I bought a machine from today and it had this New Look pattern 6515 that I had completely overlooked due to the neckline in the photo. But views C, D and E have a neckline that could easily be altered to make those nice little points, I think. And if not, I got a great pattern that has a ton of reviews, mostly good. Nice bonus.

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Date: 8/27/08 8:39 AM

Have a look at New Look 6405 too.

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Date: 8/27/08 11:32 AM

Is this the neckline you mean? If so, the Jalie has exactly that. I would call it a variation of a shawl collar.

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Date: 8/27/08 11:54 AM

Tourist~the Jalie top is a GREAT top, if you haven't tried it yet. The way the bodice comes together is amazing, and the fit is great

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Date: 8/27/08 12:10 PM

Thanks everyone - this is such a great place for ideas! I am going a little crazy looking at all of these patterns and starting to think I just have to make them all and see how it goes. Of course, I am back to work tomorrow and the sewing mania will probably leave me as I get back to the grind. Or at least, the spare time to pursue the mania will go!

Complicating all of this is that each pattern I try will likely need an FBA, and although I have successfully done one, it was just one and required several muslins. *sigh* Well, I have the New Look in my hot little hands and I think I'll order the Jalie. I haven't done a Jalie before (is it JAH-lie or JAY-lie or JAW-lie or Jah-LIE or ?) but I read such good things about them it is time to give one a try, I think.

Thanks again!

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Date: 8/27/08 1:46 PM

Not to complicate things further, but here's another pattern to consider: Burda 7865 - it's designed for knits.

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