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Reviewed by:Kerry O

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Member since: 4/24/05
Reviews: 10 (patterns: 9)
Skill level:Intermediate
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Posted on:12/1/05 1:54 PM
Last Updated:12/1/05 2:00 PM
Review Rating: Helpful by 4 people    Very Helpful by 22 people   
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taylormade said... (2/14/06 1:21 PM) Reply
Kerry, Thanks for the review. You were so right when you said it is best to BASTE when using a slippery fabric. I've been sewing for 40+ years, and it was a good reminder for me. The top fit you very well. You did a great job dealing with all the issues you encountered!
lisaquilts said... (12/27/05 8:42 AM) Reply
Thanks for the great, detailed review. Congratulations on putting this great top together and being so brave about the alterations. You have the right attitude, a confident one, to make sewing work for you. Lovely fabric, btw. I look forward to reading more of your reviews.
Mary Stiefer said... (12/2/05 9:51 AM) Reply
Your top looks great. I can see that it slides up in the back a bit - but - with a few more adjustments you have something that could be a staple in your wardrobe. Good job.
AnneM said... (12/2/05 5:04 AM) Reply
Great recovery on the print placement. The front looks great. The back is a touch tight but certainly wearable. I agree on the color - it's a good one for you.
fuzzygalore said... (12/2/05 4:16 AM) Reply
Excellent job Kerry. I second the suggestion to wear more of the same :-). Good color is free, and you should take advantage of it...

You might find that your hems will rip out if you don't do -something- to allow them to stretch. If your machine can't sew a zig-zag without trouble, have you tried a step zigzag? It's got 3 stitches in one direction, 3 back etc, and it does stretch more than a straight stitch. You should also take some scraps and try a double needle. Modern machines have a slight path deviation so you can keep the 2 threads separate, but I've had some success threading both threads exactly together on older machines. If your machine has 2 places to put a spool, most likely it has some way to use a double needle too (and the flat part of the needle must face back, so the needles are perpendicular to you, you can see both clearly from the front). Once you're threaded, you're ready to go. This isn't foolproof (maybe I'm a brutal dresser :-)), but it works best in knits, short of a serger.

And give yourself an extra pat in the back for doing this out of what's really very difficult fabric. If you used a thick cotton knit (lycra blend?), you'd find it much easier to sew...

Patzee said... (12/2/05 1:29 AM) Reply
Very helpful review. I think you should reconsider your dressing style and make more tops like this. I find this style very flattering on you and the attactive design and fabric color looks terrific.You wear it well.
BSYMPLS said... (12/1/05 11:59 PM) Reply
Thanks for an excellent review and all the details you shared. Your extra effort paid off and your top looks great. I'm a plus size, too, and I've wondered if I could wear this style. After reading your review I intend to get this pattern and give it a try.
diane s said... (12/1/05 8:19 PM) Reply
You put alot of work into your top, and it paid off, it looks great on you.
G_l_e_n_d_a said... (12/1/05 7:09 PM) Reply
Terrific review. I love it when people share how they recover from challenges. You did, and did it with brilliance. You're right - no one will ever know you did anything out of the ordinary with this. Thank you for sharing so candidly with us! It gives me hope.
potter said... (12/1/05 6:23 PM) Reply
Great top Kerry. I love the style and color. I have this pattern and after reading your review - I'm moving it to the top of my to-do list. Thanks for the great review.
Vonnevo said... (12/1/05 5:16 PM) Reply
WOW..fabulous top. Even after reading your review, it is still WOW. Given all the little problems, you have a beautifully fitted and very stylish top. Congratulations :)
Nickle said... (12/1/05 4:54 PM) Reply
I like that top on you- and I love the fabric. Very nice.
Kerry O said... (12/1/05 4:54 PM) Reply
You all are so nice - I am blushing! NurseLRT, I am 5'5" and I did not do any length adjustments to the bodice. If you are taller than I am, you may want to lengthen it - it's definitely on the shorter side of things. Sherrill, I did look at your review several times - I love how yours turned out! I am definitely very curvy...I will need to look into this shaped back seam adjustment. I am not sure if I have a "sway back" or not but I've always had this issue even when thin (most pants, for example, gap hugely in the waistband in the back in order to fit my behind....). It would be nice to be able to have pants that fit too after I get the shirts figured out!
2BSewing said... (12/1/05 4:36 PM) Reply
You did a great job on the knit top. It looks great on you. I like the fabric you selected. Nice color. Well done.
Sherril Miller said... (12/1/05 4:33 PM) Reply
I can see why you don't like this top, but I think it turned out great. Nice job on the FBA! Did you look at my review for this top. I added a ton to mine to give me a more body skimming top instead of one with negative ease. Also, you would benefit from a shaped back seam added to your patterns. I can see from your side view that you cannot effectively wear anything with a straight seam, you're so curvy.
touran said... (12/1/05 4:17 PM) Reply
Your top looks nicely fitted from the front - it looks really nice on you. You did a great job, a few more tweaks and it'll be perfect on the tushy too.
Lori Sews said... (12/1/05 4:08 PM) Reply
Kerry, this is a great top on you. I admire your perseverance to fix it! :) I noticed you lengthened the sleeve, but did you lengthen the bodice, or just leave it as is? If I may ask, how tall are you? I would love to make this up, but it may be a little short on me without lengthening.
marya said... (12/1/05 4:02 PM) Reply
I really admire the effort and determination that you put into making this work. Thanks for the review.
sherri2sew said... (12/1/05 3:49 PM) Reply
Thanks for sharing your review with us other fluffy ladies. I like the bright pink color on you.
Elemenopeo said... (12/1/05 3:42 PM) Reply
Great save of the misplaced flower. The top looks good on you with that pretty fabric.
mamamaia said... (12/1/05 3:31 PM) Reply
Lovely fabric and good review. The pink suits you very well. I really like the front view, so if you add your inches at the hips next time, you have a perfect and very cute top.
Amy T said... (12/1/05 2:16 PM) Reply
It looks very good indeed! I love the fabric. I have this pattern but haven't made it yet, so it is really helpful to see how it looks on another plus size body. Thanks!
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