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Vogue Patterns: 8497 (Marci Tilton Gathered V Neck) thumbsup - Type:Tops    printable version
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Reviewed by:Luckylibbet
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Posted on:11/5/08 7:11 PM
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CarolynGM said...
Great tips on making the collar work better -- those darts were inspired. I've made the other two views, but not this one. I will be sure to re-read your review when I make it.
11/5/08 7:17 PM
Sewliz said...
Yummy top! I like beefy cotton interlock for cooler days. You're doing all my alterations. Wanna come over and fix my patterns too? I see you did a petite armhole adjustment. That would affect the length of the collar?
11/5/08 7:46 PM
sewtime said...
Love your top!
11/5/08 8:08 PM
Luckylibbet said...
Hi Sewliz - yes, the petite armhole affects the length of the collar, and I did remember that one - it was the one affecting the length of the BACK neckline that I forgot.
11/5/08 8:17 PM
Leora said...
This top is so warm and snuggly looking! Interesting pattern, thanks for pointing it out.
11/5/08 8:45 PM
Athene said...
Such a cozy looking top. Thank you for all the tips and great pictures.
11/5/08 10:22 PM
Heatherrique said...
Cool looking neckline! Looks super on you!
11/5/08 10:35 PM
Sew4Fun said...
Nice top. Glad you were able to save it. Just a general observation re the collar. Isn't the collar suppose to be gathered up at the shoulder seam? The stitching line on the collar piece is where you sew elastic to gather it up. This is how RTW tops are sewn and Nancy's top also has the gathering at the shoulder. This would help the back collar sit better as it wouldn't be as wide.
11/5/08 11:20 PM
Luckylibbet said...
Hi Belinda - I did use the elastic, at the CB and the shoulder area - but the knit I was using was QUITE beefy and it did not draw up anywhere near the level that Nancy's did. See the pic I labeled 'Wrong Side of Collar - 3rd version' - you can see how much the elastic gathered up on a beefy knit. I used 1/4 in elastic rather than clear elastic, as I knew my knit would overpower clear elastic, and my cotton knit almost overpowered even that. Something to take into account when using elastic to gather. With 20/20 hindsight, I should have used a double row of basting stitches to draw the fabric up. I wish the pattern had included a guide for how much the collar SHOULD have gathered up. That would help when dealing with differing weights of knits.
11/5/08 11:54 PM
Annette1 said...
EXCELLENT review! What you did with those collar darts was pure genius. I like it even better than the collar as originally drafted. I LOVE the front gathered neckline AND the gusseted sleeves. The strange thing is, I never even NOTICED this view until I read your review! :o) NICE SAVE!
11/5/08 11:59 PM
Nancy Rhodes said...
I love the neckline... a distinctive detail that puts this top above the ordinary. I do admire your drive to keep this from being a permanent UFO. Hats of to you!
11/6/08 8:05 AM
Karine said...
I admire your perseverence in making this pattern work for you. It really is a great style and looks very cozy. Thanks for the pics of your pattern alterations - they make it very clear what you're describing.
11/6/08 8:58 AM
chacha45 said...
I would like to know how you figured out your sleeve cap should be so much taller. Very interesting and complete review, as yours always are. Thanks for taking the time to tell us all!
11/6/08 9:13 AM
carolynw said...
I do like your top and thanks for the great review - I have the pattern but haven't used it yet so your pointers will be really helpful. GREAT SAVE OF LOVELY FABRIC
11/6/08 9:52 AM
EleanorSews said...
Great informative review and comfy looking top. You surely did come thru with patience and perserverance ~ result: great top! COngrats.
11/6/08 11:21 AM
Luckylibbet said...
Chacha45 - I sent you a PM
11/6/08 11:41 AM
mylittleelephant said...
Thanks for a very interesting review especially about collars and sleeve cap, great top!!!
11/6/08 7:31 PM
Barbara V said...
I like your cozy winter top...wish I had some of that fabric. Sorry the collar became such a hassle, but you pulled it off well with much determination.
11/6/08 10:59 PM
LindsayT said...
I need a cozy winter top like this one. Nice!
11/7/08 2:54 PM
moushka said...
I love the style and can't wait to try the pattern. You did a great save on the collar, I'lll make sure not to use too heavy a fabric. Thanks for a great review of this interesting top.
11/7/08 7:56 PM
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