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Reviewed by:Esmerelda Twinpalms

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Posted on:11/21/05 7:23 AM
Last Updated:11/16/05 7:50 PM
Pattern Size:Plus-Sized 
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carol stone said... (12/25/08 7:16 PM) Reply
I liked all the reviews. I think I'll use a so-so fabric and practice before I use the fabric I had picked out.
lindarkv said... (8/20/06 7:11 PM) Reply
I had PRECISELY the same problems with this pattern?.
AnneM said... (11/28/05 6:06 PM) Reply
Sounds like you got a great blouse. I really like this neckline; perhaps when I feel up to it I might try it despite the problems with instructions. Good luck on your re-do of your top.
Mini said... (11/17/05 8:50 AM) Reply
Thanks for a helpful and candid review. It always helps to know what the problems are, especially with expensive independent patterns. When pleats or other design features make flat pattern measurements difficult, sometimes you can pin up the pattern tissue for the pleats (or whatever), and then flat measure the result. A bit of a hassle, but it might help.
Danvillegirl said... (11/17/05 5:45 AM) Reply
This is a pattern line that many people seem to have great success with and others not. I have made two tops from two different Silhouette patterns, one fit great, the other was way off. It sounds like your project is still salvagable and hopefully reworking will result in something your like better.
diane s said... (11/16/05 8:32 PM) Reply
I had the opposite problem with Nancy's blouse. It's a pullover tunic style and the size that fit was 1" larger than my actual bust.....I sized down 3 times, but finally got a nice fit. I don't know what to think about these patterns.
CatherineN said... (11/16/05 8:15 PM) Reply
Good luck with your reworking the blouse. If you love the fabric, it will be worth the effort. Good, detailed review.
Esmerelda Twinpalms said... (11/16/05 7:40 PM) Reply
Lorna, I cut a 7W which, according to the pattern jacket, should have been 48 inches around at the waist in the finished garment -- presumably with the double breasted button arrangement shown on the pattern. That would have given me 4 inches of ease at the waist, and I would have been happy with that. But the finished blouse as sewn up was too tight at the waist to overlap for double breasted buttons and would have been tight even with just one button. You're right, it's a confusing sizing system. But it was perfect through the bust.
Lorna C. Newman said... (11/16/05 6:24 PM) Reply
This is a very detailed review and thanks for the warnings about the shoulders. I am glad to hear that the neckline draping worked out OK. That is something I have not yet found in another pattern. When you picked your size, did you pick according to your full bust size? Peggy's patterns have a different sizing system. The measurements on the pattern are finished garment measurements not body measurements. You may want to double check your size choice on your second one? I still get confused when looking at her patterns ... I can't wait to see the final results in this one as I have a number of her patterns.
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