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Pattern Review 5/31/16 6:10 PM
McCall's - 4826 Dress or top and skirt
I keep old patterns, very old patterns, for the details. And this 1975 McCall's is a great case in point. First, I find square necklines to be very flattering. And second, the top of the bodice front easily lends itself to ornamentation because it's simply turned down and stitched to the shoulder... more...
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Pattern Review 3/30/16 10:22 PM
Simplicity - 4076 Surplice knit top
Alas, this popular pattern is no longer in print, although most likely you can find it on Etsy or eBay. And while similar surplice patterns are available, what I especially like about this one is its simplicity which makes it easy to adapt and alter. You can read my review from 2008 which I wrote... more...
2 comments
 
Pattern Review 9/3/15 8:00 PM
Vogue Patterns - 9771 Misses Blouse
This is and this isn't Vogue 9771. This OOP basic cowl-neck pattern is designed for wovens to be cut on the bias. But I mainly used the neckline, grafting it to my T&T knit top body. It worked beautifully with this very fluid rayon/spandex knit. I did make a trial version in some ancient cotton kn... more...
2 comments
 
Pattern Review 7/1/15 0:47 AM
Vogue Patterns - 1275 Misses Top
After reading all the other reviews of this pattern, I think that fabric choice is a key element to making the ruched-front version of this top successful. I used a very lightweight, semi-sheer, lacy burn-out knit of unknown fiber content and lined it with a flesh-colored tricot, except in the sle... more...
8 comments
 
Pattern Review 1/27/15 1:43 PM
Vogue Patterns - 8636 Misses' Top
Now in its fifth year, this raglan-sleeve, knit-top pattern seems to still be going strong with sewers and reviewers here. The general consensus also seems to be thumbs up, although there were some quibbles about the neckband. That neckband is what drew me to this pattern, but then every time I wo... more...
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