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Posted on:11/7/05 3:20 AM
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j222b said... (6/20/10 10:56 AM) Reply
I made my top in a slinky with no alterations and I LOVE it.
maryfrana said... (12/15/05 4:15 PM) Reply
I think your top looks great!! I made this pattern with a black cotton/lycra/something blend which had a lot of give and was drapey too and I did it in my usual size. It fits beautifully and has some shaping. I love the tucks which is why I bought the pattern. I wonder if the fabric you used just would not give enough in your real size to make it work?
StitchQueen101 said... (11/19/05 4:56 PM) Reply
Nice review. I agree with changing the fabric, although, when wearing a broche or a pearl necklace your sweater would look stunning! I love that color by the way. Very nicely done!
Patti in IL said... (11/14/05 11:21 AM) Reply
Thanks for the review. I was attracted to the tucks, too - but the line drawing did appear shapeless. I like the color of your top though, could you taper the waist? I've had frequent problems with Loes' patterns.
fuzzygalore said... (11/12/05 1:57 AM) Reply
There could definitely be a problem with the fabric rather than the fit.. I have the confess I bought this top already made last year from Loes in her Carmel boutique (a wedding emergency..). Fits great, has the subtle shaping everyone expects from her etc. BUT it's in wool jersey, slightly fulled. In short, there is some drape. Fleece's nice, but doesn't drape one bit, and frankly I've felt the Ikea throw and rejected it even at that price, if feels like it'd pill in a blink if nothing else. Give this pattern a shot in something decent, you'll be surprised.
EleanorMcCarthy said... (11/10/05 2:24 PM) Reply
I think that your sweater looks lovely. I really like the tucks. Maybe this is the wrong kind of fabric for this pattern. Would it help to add bust darts? I think that I might try it out, just for educational purposes. Keep up the good work. You are an excellent seamstress.
kathleenb said... (11/10/05 7:27 AM) Reply
I had a similar experience with this pattern. I made my usual XS and could barely wedge my shoulders into it. The neck was too small and the sleeves pulled across the cap. I also had to add lots of shaping to the sides. I ended up giving my try to a small shouldered friend. Ditto on the plan to transfer the tucks to another pattern. I, too, expected better drafting from a LH pattern.
Danvillegirl said... (11/9/05 5:30 AM) Reply
I have been debating buying this pattern. I thought perhaps I could replicate this look on another pattern. Thanks for reviewing.
Elona said... (11/7/05 3:03 PM) Reply
I think the upper part of the sweater is pretty darn nice--good lines at the shoulder and neck. Too bad the neck opening was small. As I recall, that was a problem often reported with the TS Basic Top, also. Re the width at the hem, when you did your flat-pattern measurement, was it already pretty big down there? I wonder if adding the same tucks to the back would bring it in noticeably.
Susan R said... (11/7/05 11:43 AM) Reply
Chris, I think your sweater looks great. I love the tucks, they look so elegant.
boobunny said... (11/7/05 11:22 AM) Reply
It seems to me that the picture on the pattern envelope showed a really delicate fabric---it seems like this top needs to be a few layers of sheer instead of heavy fabric.
Mini said... (11/7/05 11:05 AM) Reply
Thanks for the warning about this pattern. It is hard to tell much from the pattern photos, which completely hide whatever shape the garment might have. I have found that some of the LH patterns do actually have the "subtle shaping" but others are just too boxy for my taste. The tucks are a nice touch, but it would probably be better to simply add them to a basic pattern that fits well.
mamacita said... (11/7/05 10:27 AM) Reply
Yikes! for the price of one of these patterns, seems as if there could be some kind of fixon the boxy fit? It is really pretty in your picture. the tuck detailing is really a nice one and the colour is also lovely. Could you try it in a lighter weight knit and contour below the bust to the waist to give it a little shape? Also, you could lower the neck a smidge. Possibly this fleece did not have enough stretch to it. Seems a obviously have great sewing skils..looks very precise. If you add tucks to another pattern , tuck the fabric first and then cut out otherwise tucks will take up to much fabric and throw the width off...but you knew that!!! Let us know if you make it again. Thanks for the review and the warning!
CatherineN said... (11/7/05 10:23 AM) Reply
Your fleece is a yummy color!
Patti B said... (11/7/05 10:23 AM) Reply
I was puzzled when people were excited about this pattern because it seemed so plain. I know that I usually like Loes' patterns because of the subtle shaping she incorporates but this one left me uninspired. Sorry it didn't work for you.
Mary Stiefer said... (11/7/05 7:48 AM) Reply
I'm sorry this didn't work for you, too. Those little tucks in the front are a great detail. I wondering if you changed the neckline on this top would that make it a difference in how you feel about the style. Sometimes that's all that is needed is a small change.
Tiner W said... (11/7/05 6:22 AM) Reply
I like the idea of the tucks as well, and am sorry that this one didn't work out so well for you.
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