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Tunic issues and guidance please
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Date: 3/7/13 12:16 PM

Fairly recently i saw the post on Silhouette Patterns and was intrigued enought by them to try it. (thanks for the enabling)

I just finished a muslin of Sunny's Top. I *think* it is going to work out in the end but...

1. My sample ITY knit was too heavy but it isn't a particularly heavy fabric. But there a lot of layers and thus a lot of weight.

2. Goes with 1. Not a light weight top...at least not in the knit it chose...again lots of layers.

3. Took the pattern instructions advice and measured a top I like to get the finished measurement of the garment. Fits perfectly in shoulder and arms. Not so perfect in hip.

4. I'm one size larger in the hips and should have planned for that. A bit of a pita to do with all the layers but doable...

5. Too long. I'm 5'4" and proportionale. I dont need petite alteration usually. The botton hits abouts 4" lower than my crotch. I can't tell How much of a drop is in the pattern envelope picture because of the pose but it is a bit. It has the rather sausage casing look from the waist down.

I took a look at the pattern reviews and unfortunately for me, my body shape wasnt represented by either reviewer. They do both mention how heavy it is.

So...what knit would be better than ITY? How do I petite this? And while I love tunics, what is the most flattering length? Too long and it is frumpy. Long and lose says maternity. Too tight...stop!

Here's a link I hope:

Sunny top


Is anyone else working on it? How's it working out?
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Date: 3/7/13 12:37 PM

I think a tissue knit would be more appropriate. I would also shorten each of the layers by the same amount. If you do, for example, a 1-1/2 shortening per level, that is 6 inches shorter. I can't comment on the sausage part, since I just ate a sausage pizza and am partial to sausage.

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Subject: Topic moved Date: 3/7/13 4:22 PM

This topic has been moved from Patterns and Notions to Fitting Woes

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Date: 3/7/13 4:40 PM

As far as length, the designer is tall and I am taller than you and the top I made(different top) was way too long. It was also too tight in the hips. But if you look at the model, who is I assume tall, it's below her crotch as well, just not 4" below. I think that the only way to shorten this is to take out slices from each of the layers. If you shorten the part its going to be too high on your bust, unless you don't have a problem with that. I also think that a light weight rayon or cotton would work better than the ITY. It's a very pretty top. Do all the layers end at the white section?
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Date: 3/7/13 5:31 PM

I have this pattern and can't wait to mix some knits! Thanks for the heads-up on the length, I am only 5'2".....but like the idea of a tunic length too. Might need to be cut larger at hip for tunic.
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Date: 3/7/13 6:42 PM

Define what you mean by white section? Basically there is a full length front, with some nice fitting darts, and back undershirt. The undershirt and a distinct waist. The layers are then added. I dont know if they were supposed to match at the side seams, mine was off enough that I'm not sure. It wasn't an issue for me. There are three, I think, layers on the front and back each. They start at different locations, with the seams covered with the overlaps.

So definitely widen the bottom those of us who are hippy...

I've playing around with it and I may just whack four inches off the bottom and see what it looks like. the waist indention hits me in the correct place. On the next version I can spread the layers out.

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Date: 3/7/13 6:44 PM

The layers may add complications to simply cutting a larger size in the hips. But I think you can just cut them to fit...they are raw edged.

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Date: 3/7/13 9:40 PM

I didn't realize that the upper bodice extended full length with the pieces sewn to it? No wonder your fabric was too thick. I made the Giorgio top and I found the drafting was off. It has a cut on sleeve and the front length didn't match the back. Don't assume it's you.

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Date: 3/7/13 11:02 PM

Exactly...I believe the foundation fabric might be fully covered.

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Date: 9/18/15 5:26 PM

After spending weeks working on this top, I came looking for discussions on possible issues with it. It made me wonder why there are only two reviews, because it's such a wonderful looking top. The heavy doesn't bother me, as it's cool here 9 months of the year, and stitched this up in a light rayon jersey.

I changed the size of the armhole and copied over Angela Wolf's ruched T sleeve/armhole. Peggy's hits a little low for me. This worked well, but involved removing a 3/4 inch tuck above the bust and adding it back in at the bottom of all four top pieces. This shifted the notch markings. Oh boy.

I'm also 5'4" and felt the length might be too much at first, but after fussing with the armhole decided to just go with it, and it worked out to be a nice length anyway. I'm short-waisted with longer legs, so maybe why? Not sure. Perhaps it's a taste thing. I do prefer my tops hit at the widest part of my hips (too make the waist look slimmer), and this several inches below that. I think it will look great with leggings and boots.

The pattern pieces, I had questions as to whether or not they were drafted wrong. Upon laying them out in the muslin, several seemed to be upside-down and reversed (the bottom two overlay pieces on one side). It was quite the bother, as I'd adapted the armhole, traced everything over in my size to muslin, then layed it out before cutting and sewing together. So glad I decided to do this beforehand, just to see how this thing fit together. I was wondering if anyone else ran into this problem.

After figuring out which way these pieces actually fit with the markings, I had to mark on the tissues and muslins which side of them was the top/bottom and which side was the right side. Put them all back together and viola! It worked.

The rest of the problems were clearly mine, as I'm not experienced with this sort of fabric. I'm also still learning my machine and serger. So I had all of the beginner sewing issues, too: wavy seams, pieces drifting between the layers during construction. Then I found out the stretch stitch on my sewing machine is far, far to small to use on this jersey. The longest it stitches is 2.5mm, but it seems more like .25 mm in this fabric, even with the even feed foot. Can't tell you how many holes I put in this ripping out seams. And who knows what settings to use on a serger with this many layers? Anyone? I might just hand-finish the insides.

In the end, I LOVE the final result, but am so glad that I took the time to make a muslin and change the armhole to suit my tastes. I've got another four fabrics waiting and some more on the way to contrast. Hopefully, the second try goes quite a bit better than the first. On this next version, I'm going to sew lettuce hem on all of the free-cut edges. I think it will be super cute that way.

All-in-all, tons of work to get this one worked out. For me it was a growth experience in so many ways, which is something Peggy aims for. She certainly delivered with this one! lol I'm definitely making this again. I didn't do all of that pattern work for just one top. I'll keep my eyes open for prints and other fabrics to try it again. Love the style.
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