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Pattern Reviews> Marfy> 3400  (Yep, I meant to do that -Tunic)

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Posted on:8/13/14 8:24 PM
Project Photo:Marfy: 3400  by Re Becca

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Pattern Rating:Highly Recommend
Review Rating: Very Helpful by 2 people   
Fabric:Silk Charmeuse  [See other projects in this fabric]
Pattern Description: This is available as pdf download, or as one of 20 patterns that is free with the purchase of the 2014 catalog. As per catalog description: "Loose-fitting tunic with kimono sleeves split at the shoulders, crew neck and curving seam embellished with openwork embroidery. Can be made in satin, linen or jersey."

Pattern Sizing: This comes in a very broad range, 42-50. I cut a 48. When you order the pdf, you get sizes 42 - 50 and they are nested for tracing. This is different from the individual paper patterns that you order which come in one size and are already cut to that one size.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Except for the fact that I omitted the detail hand work around the neckline, and added my own little designer touch neckband.

Were the instructions easy to follow? No instructions, but the pattern only has two pieces. It has plenty of design ease to fit without any closures. The size 48 measures 44" at the waist so its plenty comfortable. In fact, I may add some front and back fitting darts.
- I cut the center front on the selvage to make the best use of the 5" border, love the intensity of the colors there
- I cut the back on the bias with a center back seam for a little more give in the fabric. (I'm kinda obsessed with bias cut silk charmeuse right now.)
- I chose to go with the open shoulders for a little sass and the seam lines are marked clearly. Because of the body of the fabric it doesn't really show. I may go back later and 'scoop' out the opening.
- I used French seams for the sides and made a straight single turn hem on the shoulder openings.
- I decided to add a some stability to the neckline by cutting a facing pattern. SOOOO... I decided this after cutting the front, so I laid the tracing paper on my front with the front fabric still pinned to the front. I started to trace off the front pattern, got interrupted... restarted the next day while fixing supper... I CUT THE FRONT FACING OUT OF THE SHIRT FRONT! "What were you thinking?" Apparently I wasn't...
SOOO, after gasps, nausea and fretting... I grabbed some white silk charmeuse from the stash, traced the cut, added seam allowances and inserted a band. If you look closely it isn't perfectly symmetrical or perfectly straight or perfectly even. I think of it as artistic, not perfect.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Love the ease and comfort. Its the perfect canvas for a fabulous large print.

Fabric Used: DEEEVINE silk charmeuse from Emma One Sock (sold out) I used mostly the border so I still have enough left to maybe line a jacket.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Yeah, I kind of made a neckband out of necessity...
I decided to make it look even more deliberate by making a slit in the center front that extends to the bottom of the band. This works perfectly, I really don't like things around my neck.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?Yes, everyone should have one of these shirts!

Conclusion: Co workers want one! The lesson learned is don't give up when you make a little snafu. Think outside the box. Think about the exposed zipper, you don't think that was deliberate the first time do you?
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novicesew said...
Pretty cool! Great rescue 911. It really looks great!
9/30/14 1:57 PM
liliv said...
I like this top, the band is really artistic and I also like the opening.
8/14/14 8:09 PM
ASiverson said...
I also love your attitude and that you make the most out of er, mistakes (?)! And I love the tunic top you made. Gorgeous! TFS!
8/14/14 9:28 AM
HRigg said...
Love the colours and the pattern placement in this top.
8/14/14 7:50 AM
Danvillegirl said...
Great looking top! Good save! Love the blue color.
8/14/14 5:30 AM
TJSEWS said...
That band around the neck looks great - intentional! Your top is beautiful.
8/13/14 10:34 PM
Sharonspils said...
You have made me rethink this pattern, love your version, it looks perfect!
8/13/14 10:12 PM
sings2high said...
I just assumed the band was intentional, and I liked it. And no, I doubt very much the first exposed zipper was intentional, LOL.
8/13/14 9:53 PM
canei said...
NICE!!!!
8/13/14 9:24 PM
fabricaddiction said...
I like your attitude and the fact that you're not afraid of snafus, or slippery charmeuse (silk!) or Marfy! You bought the OdlR!! Girl, you've got cojones. Nice top :)
8/13/14 9:07 PM
 
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