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Posted on:11/12/06 12:58 PM
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yorkshire lass said... (11/14/06 3:29 AM) Reply
Elona, Jo and Lisa, thanks for the advice. I will try both methods I think. The separate cowl idea sounds intriguing as then I get two sweaters for the price of one. Was it recommended that you use snaps or buttons or anything to keep the cowl in place when worn?
Jo Wales said... (11/14/06 1:10 AM) Reply
I have made this up three times and my neck also is tighter and more like a turtleneck in the first two. The third I made up in an animal print sweater-type material which is very drapey that I got from Casual Elegance who handles the fabrics that Loes Hinse recommends for her patterns and the collar turned out just like the picture on the pattern envelope. It is very drapey and lays down around the neckline very nice and is comfortable. The first two I don't really like to wear because there is too much stiffness around my neck. The last newsletter from Casual Elegance suggests to make it up with the round neckline and then make the cowl separately and then you can wear the top either way. That is what I plan to do from now on. I have made the pattern up with the plain round neckline many times and love everyone of them.
Elona said... (11/12/06 3:50 PM) Reply
Lisa Larree's review here talks about how she got the big, loose cowl she wanted: http://sewing.patternreview.com/cgi-bin/readreview.pl?readreview=1&reviewnum=1418 She's a tiny person, and down in the body of her original review (she's made this top a lot), she talks about choosing a REALLY BIG size for the neckline and cowl. Yes, here's a quote from Lisa's review (I hope you don't mind, Lisa?): "I used an XS through the shoulders, morphing to a S through the bust and a M in the hips. I then slid the pattern up so that the shoulder line intersected with the XXL size and traced off the XXL neckline and cowl (I like a nice, loose, drapey cowl and rumor had it that this one tended to be snug)"
CSM--Carla said... (11/12/06 2:51 PM) Reply
Thanks for this thorough review, yorkshire lass! How can such a simple pattern somehow manage to look so elegant? I just made this too and my neckline is the same-a tight turtleneck. How about cutting a larger size neck and adding the corresponding larger collar. Maybe that's the ticket.
 
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