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BurdaStyle Magazine: 10-2007-114 (Kimono Knit Top) thumbsup - Type:Tops    printable version
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sewbehind said...
I think it does suit you. The sleeves give you balance at the top. I noticed it right away when I saw the picture. It's not all about the bust, you know! :>)
1/17/08 11:46 AM
HawkeMorningStar7 said...
I really like this top on you and plan to make it too in a rib knit. I have an AA bust w/o padding and find under the bodice gathered tops droop cos of lack of filling LOL !! Cant remember if this patern has gathers, I'll fold them away if so. It looks really cute on you and love the belt !
1/17/08 12:16 PM
Birgitte said...
I truly appreciate your thorough and frank review. My DD has a very similar figure to yours, and I used to pin-fit her swayback from a very early age. I personally adore swaybacks. Like sewbehind said, "It's not all about the bust..." My favorite era is the 20's... flowing, feminine and, very often, all about the back :-)
1/17/08 12:57 PM
MarijaSLO said...
Great! I love the photo "too short". :)
1/17/08 2:00 PM
cindy-lou said...
Trena, thanks for reviewing this one! I've wondered if it would look good on my full bust, or would end up like SuperJaneMansfield. I'll try it out! BTW... it looks REALLY GOOD on you You should wear it. A lot. :)
1/17/08 2:10 PM
LoriB said...
Thanks for reviewing this - I considered this pattern, but I'm a pear too and with all the alterations you went through I think I'll pass. The top does look pretty good on you in the end and probably looks similar on the model, if she weren't in that strange pose. Maybe that's need to pose like the model, complete with high ponytail, black gloves, and patent leather belt!
1/17/08 3:58 PM
Allie in Hong Kong said...
i expect you hated it originally because of all the alterations you made, but it was worth it as it looks great now. Hopefully it will keep growing on you as the alteration process gets forgotten!
1/17/08 11:46 PM
SusiM said...
Thanks for sharing such valuable observations on this style. I really like your reviews. Y'know, it's really a pretty nice top -
1/18/08 0:26 AM
MelissaB in WA said...
Gosh I am so surprised you don't like the top - it looks fantastic on you! I can't believe how short it was to begin with - holy cow! The color is so pretty too - hope you decide you like it and wear it. I feel your pain of being small chested - I'm not just a member, I'm president! LOL
1/18/08 0:59 AM
SarahSM said...
Thanks so much for this review. I, too, am long-waisted for my height, but since I'm short, that usually isn't an issue for me. Good to know that it is a factor for this pattern...
1/18/08 2:06 AM
Irene Q said...
I think it looks good! FWIW, the pattern actually calls for a different (stretchier) fabric for the lower part, which scared me off from trying it. Nice to see that you can use the same fabric, with some work. Great job!
1/18/08 10:15 AM
fuzzygalore said...
Love the concept of 'just bordello enough for work' :-). But back to technique, I think you should wear this a bit, and maybe you'll see also that this makes you look like 'a woman with a full bust and skinny waist'. You'd need a hell of a beer belly (same job perhaps..) to not look like you have a skinny waist, when contrasted to those sleeves. Really, I like it a lot..
1/18/08 3:17 PM
ChristineX said...
Your physique is almost identical to mine (except I'm not as thin) so I really appreciate your review. You did a great job rescuing it from the first incarnation! LOVE the color!
1/18/08 6:03 PM
TanyaMT said...
Nice review and nice save on the top. Looking at the model again, her large belt nearly reaches her armpits, so maybe the top is just as short on her! Your second version looks quite nice on you.
1/18/08 9:52 PM
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