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Great review and EXTREMELY helpful...THANKS! Can't wait to see your finished top.
1/1/09 10:34 PM
Thank you Belinda. Great review.
1/1/09 10:51 PM
Thanks for the great review - I look forward to seeing the finished top!
1/1/09 11:20 PM
Thanks for the sizing worksheet AND your valuable opinion on how to use it effectively! I'll be using that in future. Also thanks for your comments on fitting this top - I'm really looking forward to the final garment on you! Cheers and happy sewing!
1/2/09 7:59 AM
I just know your finished top will be great. Looking forward to seing it.
1/2/09 8:15 AM
Thanks for the "pre" review and introduction (for me at least) to Christine Jonson patterns. Very intriguing!
1/2/09 8:32 AM
Thank you for the sizing worksheet. It's very helpful. Also, your opinion on this pattern is timely as I've been looking at the CJ line from time to time and wondered about them. Waiting to see the finished review and photos.
1/2/09 8:37 AM
Thank you for this review. I have the same body type and I am just beginning in learning how to do a FBA. I have made outerwear mostly and adjustments are not of the same nature. I am an advance sewer, but with Gortex ect. A FBA is brand new for me. I have bookmarked your review as a reference.
1/2/09 9:26 AM
Really interesting pattern - I can't wait to see your completed top.
1/2/09 9:46 AM
Thanks for this review. I have found her patterns to be just too snug in the past, but this is a great pattern and I may just go for it with your great advice.
1/2/09 11:27 AM
What a GREAT review. I JUST bought this pattern and am anxiously awaiting its arrival so I can promptly throw it in the pile and forget I have it. When I later happen upon it, I'll be looking up your review! I'm not very hopeful on the gathered style for me, though. If the bust gathers are high on YOU, then they'll probably be strangling me. I like BOTH views, though, so by hook or by crook, I'll come up with something! Can't wait to see your finished product! :o)
1/2/09 6:14 PM
I just received this pattern this afternoon and am planning to start the other version (the v-neck) tomorrow. Thank you for your very helpful review.
1/2/09 7:15 PM
Looking forward to seeing your finished garment. I just learned of this pattern and your review is very timely.
1/2/09 10:20 PM
Thanks for the pictures of how you did the FBA and lowering the gathers. I would have been stumped by the FBA on that front. Very helpful info for such a new pattern.
1/3/09 4:09 PM
sewing for fun
I had the very same problems with this pattern - bust gathers hit way too high, shoulder gathers flattened out even though I stabilized the back shoulder, back neck too high and neckline strangled me (unlike anything I've experienced with other CJ Patterns!) I do not normally need to lower the bust line. I used a stretch velvet and had a terrible time getting the corners to work, even with stabilizer. I will try again with your suggestions & an easier knit - since stretch panne velvet tends to shift badly. I am looking forward to your updates and how the FBA worked out. I did my FBA a little differently. I love CJ patterns and do not normally have any difficulty after doing an FBA.
1/4/09 6:25 PM
What a great review! I can't wait to see your finished top. The pattern looks promising.
1/24/09 11:00 AM
Thank you for such a great review. I've made a couple of cj patterns that have been too tight. Thanks for the idea re % of stretch. I'm going to try it next time.
6/14/09 6:31 PM
Thank you for writing such a detailed review. I only have one CJ pattern and had OK success with it. Your review has inspired me to take a second look. I can't wait to see your top.
7/4/09 8:52 AM
Really good review.I've just bought this pattern and have the same fitting problems.Looking forward to seeing your finished top
8/3/09 2:59 PM
Great pictures and comments
8/7/09 5:56 PM
This is just a fantastic review!
10/28/09 8:09 AM
You look great in your top. A beautiful fit. But wow, you had to do a lot of work to get there. Thank you for such a thorough review.
1/4/10 1:44 AM
I'm impressed with your persistence. It certainly paid off. Beautiful top that looks like a perfect fit.
1/4/10 2:13 AM
Your top looks perfect. Thank you for your great review.
1/4/10 6:54 AM
Your top looks great and all your hard work paid off. Thanks for all the information on this pattern.
1/4/10 7:33 AM
I love your top! Thanks for the awesome alteration photos and descriptions!
1/4/10 8:30 AM
Am so glad it all worked out for you and you deserve a star for sticking with it for so long - I think I would have tossed it. However, your end result is beautiful and I guess this pattern can now be one of your TNTs. Thanks for such athorough review
1/4/10 9:40 AM
Sorry, I inadvertently refreshed my computer before going off this page and my comment reposted.
1/4/10 10:53 AM
Well, the end result was worth it! I am amazed that it took so much fiddling but will save your review for my attempt. Not like the normal CJ pattern IMHO.
1/4/10 11:01 AM
A very helpful review, Belinda. Your finished product looks lovely on you. However, all that work to make it work!
1/4/10 11:14 AM
Perfect top. Perfect review!
1/4/10 3:11 PM
Love how you used the circles without getting that dreaded target look. Great job.
1/4/10 4:34 PM
This review is what Pattern Review is all about! Thank you so much.
1/4/10 6:43 PM
Your finished top looks great. I was surprised you had such difficulty with this top, as it fit me right out of the envelope. I guess we all have different shapes! Thanks for putting together such a detailed review! HAve you tried the other top in this pattern?
1/4/10 8:50 PM
Hi Belinda, your top is wonderfully flattering. I am so glad you wrote such a detailed review. I would like to try this top and it's good to be prepared. A big success!
2/9/10 6:54 PM
Thanks for your very detailed review. I want to make this top and your review will be very helpful to me.
2/9/10 10:17 PM
A of EC
Thank you for such a detailed review! Fabulous sewing, I appriciate your persistence and results and thank you for sharing all the details of how you got there. My DD and I are both DDD cups on small rib cages and I am hoping to do some stylish knit tops for her very trim figure in the next few weeks. Thanks again!
2/15/10 1:43 PM
Thanks so much for the alteration advice - I'd really like to make this top and I think it will come in handy!
2/20/10 11:51 AM
Thanks for the terrific job you've done -- with your top and with details of all the changes you had to make. I love your finished product. Now I might be brave enough to try this one since I know I'll have many similar issues. Thank you so much.
5/12/10 2:01 AM
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