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Date: 6/30/13 11:33 PM

I've been browsing these tops and I'm not sold on the French darts on the knit tops. Has anyone made any of her knit tops? What did you think?

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Date: 7/1/13 2:03 AM

There are a lot of reviews of Silhouette knit tops.

On the upper left of the pr screen, there is an orange box with a clickable link called 'Advanced Search." Hit that, and a screen will appear that lets you choose among lots of pattern lines. Scroll down to Silhouette Patterns, and then, in 'type of pattern,' click on 'Tops.'

There will be quite a few reviews for you to read.

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Date: 7/1/13 2:56 AM

Thanks, that was a good idea. After looking at the pictures included with the reviews. I remain unconvinced that darts are a good idea on knit tops.

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Date: 7/1/13 9:24 AM

Ihave made several of these knit tops and I really like the french dart. I need a dart in a knit top and for me the french dart is the least noticeable and is flattering. You could rotate the french dart to the side seam.

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Date: 7/1/13 9:51 AM

I hear you. When I first saw these patterns, I wasn't sold either. What the heck is a French dart doing in a knit top? But then I decided to plog on and make one. Now I'm convinced that they are much more stylish, and they make me look more attractive. So much so that I've broken my fabric fast and bought more knit fabric to make more. The pattern I use the most is her Sweater Set #195. I do have Giorgio's top, but I'm not sure about the peplum type bottom. But then, I know about that sweater set! And I'm also thinking of how I can rotate the darts on my other patterns to make a French dart.

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Date: 7/1/13 10:44 AM

I am struggling with Silhouette Patterns.....choosing which size to select. I made one, it is now a nightgown.....another one too tight for me and it fits dd. I should say, these were mockups and tissue fitted both. Does her patterns consistently retain the same sizing thru out the pattern line? How do you all consistently get a fit on these patterns? Thanks.....I have 2 more mock ups on her patterns ready to sew.

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Date: 7/1/13 1:14 PM

Silhouette #195 is my TNT knit top pattern. I love it so much that I bought another copy to put in the a file marked "grab this in case of fire". That said, I did have to make several mock ups to get a good fit. The french dart cannot be easily seen in a print to maybe try that as a first project (after you get your mock up fitted properly). I find that the shoulders are really well drafted, the dart makes my girls look a little more perky and I feel 10 lbs lighter ... definitely worth the effort of fiddling with the fit. :)

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Date: 7/1/13 10:52 PM

I wear some variation of this almost every day (although mine are a little closer fitting) and I just can't see that messing it up with a dart would improve it. I wonder if I can just trace a pattern off of one of the t-shirts I already have.
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Date: 7/1/13 11:05 PM

I have done it with woven fabrics....try it!

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Date: 7/2/13 12:08 PM

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I wear some variation of this almost every day (although mine are a little closer fitting) and I just can't see that messing it up with a dart would improve it. I wonder if I can just trace a pattern off of one of the t-shirts I already have.
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In the picture the folds of fabric I see on model's left are what the French dart would remedy.

I wasn't sold at first either but find them unobtrusive and does smooth things out. That said I'm pretty small busted so there have been times when I didn't want to mess with them and just "mooshed" (technical term!) them out on the pattern piece overlapping pieces as if they weren't there and had no problem that way either. I think it depends on the amount of stretch you're depending on for fit, close fit, etc.
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