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Reviewed by:Karen W.

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Posted on:5/1/03 11:55 PM
Pattern Size:Plus-Sized Regular 
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Danvillegirl said... (11/30/03 4:43 PM) Reply
I wish I had thought to read a review here before attempting this pattern. I like you found that the pattern photo and the actual blouse is not the same. I am 5'3" also and though I found the length okay, the neck was wide like you indicated. I am searching for another top as I like the cowl neck but this one just does not fit me well.
Drew's Mom said... (10/5/03 10:53 AM) Reply
I wish I had read this review and comments before cutting out my blouse yesterday. I went against my entire philosophy and made up the blouse based on the pattern instructions for measuring without doing a muslin first. Now that it is sewn together, I'm racking my brain to come up with a fix so the blouse is wearable. First of all, it is huge! I'm planning to cut a center back seam and take some of the ease out of the back. If I decide I need princess seams, I'll add them to the front. You ladies are right - the shoulders are very narrow and my bra straps show. So, I think I'll add a couple of "training straps" to the shoulders in a contrasting color, which I'm hoping will look like there's a tank underneath. I also felt the top was too short, so once again, I'm planning to add a band to the bottom in the same fabric as the shoulder insert. The next time I want a cowl neck top, I'll use my basic tee shirt pattern, cut on the bias, with the neckline altered a la Helen Armstrong's book.
AnneM said... (8/21/03 10:14 AM) Reply
Thank you so much for this review & for all of the comments. I was looking at this for DM, & after reading this I realize that it isn't appropriate for her at all. I might be interested in trying it for myself, but definitely not for DM.
Sherril Miller said... (5/3/03 10:12 PM) Reply
Like Susan, I called Peggy and asked about putting knits on the bias. She indicated that knits don't have a bias, but the stretch of bias is inherent in the knit. So, I went ahead and made this top in a knit on the straight fold. I believe that the shoulder seam is narrow, but the neck opening is wide. Based on other reviews, I raised the neck at center back. The back fits beautifully. My sleeves/armholes fit really strange in the front, however. I think it is a function of the cowl, but I'm not quite sure how. I was, however, using the W sizing with a C-cup. I'm glad you think this pattern is worth trying again. I don't. - Sherril
Susan Parker said... (5/2/03 2:30 PM) Reply
I asked Peggy about cutting the front on the bias with a knit and she told me it wasn't necessary as the knit is stretchy. I have made this top but I'm going to take the sleeve off as I'd prefer it as a sleeveless. The neck was a little wide for my tastes but I should have checked the width on the back neckline before I "went for it". Let us know how your next one turns out!
Karen W. said... (5/2/03 12:54 PM) Reply
Maybe I'll use a cheap test knit NOT cut on bias... as noted pattern recommends virtually any knit/woven and doesn't differentiate between layouts for one vs. the other... but then I've had knits that are far "firmer" and less drapey than others. Wish I'd thought of this before using my red ribbon knit!
KathleenS said... (5/2/03 7:07 AM) Reply
I was just about to say exactly the same as Elona before I saw her comment! - why cut knits on the bias? I made a knit top with a neckline like this (New Look 6154) recently - I recommend it - and it also has slight modesty problems when bending over - I think it's unavoidable to have at least a bit of that in this kind of design because of the looseness of the front neckline.
Elona said... (5/2/03 3:20 AM) Reply
Karen, I don't have this pattern yet (been on the fence about it). It would make sense to cut wovens on the bias for the front of this design, but having you cut knits on the bias strikes me as weird. I mean, what's the point? Knits usually do that drape thing by themselves, and don't often need any help. Excellent warning on the sleeve, because in the illustrations, it sure looks narrow! d
Everyday Sewist said... (5/2/03 0:32 AM) Reply
Thanks for the very helpful review. That's too bad about the sleeves--the picture on the web site looks so nice. Maybe you could substitute sleeves from another pattern you like.
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