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10/28/03 11:49 AM
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Gigi, I like the shorter verion -- I think it goes better with pants. Perhaps the longer version would look nice with a pencil skirt? I've been eyeing this top, but with only advanced beginner skills, I may pass on this, since it sounds like it may require too many alterations. I've found that with other KS patterns -- including the now famous 3161 -- the shoulder seam sits too far off my shoulder, too. How do you bring the shoulder seam up to where it's supposed to be? My first version of 3161 looks like I'm trying to fit into a shirt that's a size too big in the shoulders. It's an xsmall, so I can't go down a size! By the way, I love the fabric you used for this top.
10/28/03 12:05 PM
Personally I like the shorter. Great cool looking top. Thanks for all the info on fitting issues.
10/28/03 12:07 PM
Shorter version definately! Love the look! Wish it was in the 80's here!
10/28/03 12:40 PM
Hi Gigi, I think the longer version looks better in this particular shirt style, the shorter one ends too early, having the seam on the chest and bell sleeves, the color is beautiful.
10/28/03 12:55 PM
I wonder if the extra fabric in the upper chest was because the crinkly fabric grew? That could make the shoulder seam stretch too, if it wasn't stabilized. This top has that late 60's/early 70's retro look that is so popular now. It's cute for young trendy girls in wilder fabrics, but nice for any age if the fabric is tasteful like yours. I think the longer view is better with pants, but would chose the shorter to wear with a skirt.
10/28/03 1:37 PM
Very pretty color! I think the longer version is a more attractive garment in itself. The proportions work better. As for which flatters you, I'd say it is a toss-up (I always need to see the side view to decide).
10/28/03 1:49 PM
Umm, I like the longer one! I think it gives the lines/seaming better showcasing. Make another in the other length, wear and see which one you like better for the third one! :-)
10/28/03 1:52 PM
Very cute Gigi! I love learning from you, and hearing about your alterations. I think both lengths look good on you, but I personally like the proportion of the longer length in that style. Looks great with your slim fit, boot cut jeans.
10/28/03 1:59 PM
I had another thought about the problems with the upper body fit-maybe it's the deep neck opening? If it is too open, the shoulders of the top can slide outwards making the sleeve seams drop more. The weight of the bell sleeves also helps to pull the shoulder seam downward. (I remember some of my old 70's tops doing that. ) This can be checked by trying the top with the neck pinned closed. If the fit looks right this way, then maybe the neckline slit opening can be shortened to help hold things in place.
10/28/03 2:39 PM
I say the longer version as well. I agree that it gives more balance to the sleeves that way. But, you are the one wearing it, so either way it is still really cute. I have recently made several tops in this style and I found the sleeves a little snug from elbow up. (As soon as I figure out how to use the digital camera I bought almost specifically for this website, I will do some reviews.)
10/28/03 2:55 PM
I like it longer, too, Gigi! More balance to the bell sleeves.
10/28/03 2:59 PM
I think the longer version works better as a garment--seems like the lower part of the blouse should be proportionally longer than the inset upper part to me. Both look good on you, though, although I tried really hard to locate your "full thighs" and problematic "tummy." I don't think you have anything to worry about!
10/28/03 3:25 PM
Well, I guess I'll try it again - in the longer version. Too bad I already cut this one off - it's such a pretty fabric. I appreciate all of your input! Mini, I am planning on adding lingerie guards at the princess seam to help keep it on my shoulder. The shoulder line is just very wide on this particular pattern and I'm now used to a more fitted shoulder. I bought this because it reminds me of the tops I used to wear in high school - am I dating myself? Jackie, in this case, I just shaved some width off of the shoulder. I will now make an L-slash on my pattern and move it over to remove some more from the upper chest as well. I might also give it a try in one size smaller in a knit so that I can fit it more closely.
10/28/03 3:29 PM
I personally, like the longer version. This is a casual style, and I think the longer version is more figure flattering.
10/28/03 3:37 PM
long. I also feel it balances the sleeves. Although, as Mini pointed out, w/ a skirt - or shorts - the short is probably a better length. And since you made this for a summer top, it is probably just as well you hemmed it shorter!
10/28/03 4:02 PM
I like the shorter version better, I think it looks more balanced on you.
10/28/03 4:51 PM
Beautiful top! I like both lengths - the short one is more fun, and the longer one is better-proportioned. I find that I don't look good in tops which fall down straight from the bust, they look beter with a tie under the bust or if a seam or dart is taken in there. This top would be terrific made up in more than one fabric - with embroidery on the neck yoke, for example.
10/28/03 5:15 PM
Gigi -- I'm going to lean toward the long version myself. The proportions seem better and the top is quite flattering on you. I do remember making and wearing tops and dresses in this style in the 70s, but I don't think any of them had a dropped shoulder. I think it definitely looks good enough to make again.
10/28/03 5:31 PM
Hmmmmm........this looks like one of my favorite 70's tops that I have missed and wanted to make again--I think I will give it a go...... And I like the shorter version better, too
10/28/03 6:24 PM
For the shorter version, I would make the front a little longer. not all the way across, Just in a soft curve. It slims the stomach. For the longer version, it hits right at the widest part of your hips; it should go longer than the widest part of your hips.
10/28/03 7:12 PM
Gigi, I think that you look good in both. What is the seam treatment? Is it just topstitching? I am going to definitely try this pattern now after seeing your top. I have had it in mind for awhile.
10/28/03 7:44 PM
"I bought this because it reminds me of the tops I used to wear in high school - am I dating myself?" LOL. I bought it because it reminded me of a dress I made for my then-college-student cousin. The fabric was one of those Indian cotton print bedspreads that Pier One used to sell (for something like $6) to college hippies and hippie-wannabes..... I thought I'd try lengthening this pattern to my ankles for use as an at-home caftan. If only I could find another one of those Indian bedspreads!
10/28/03 8:19 PM
Karla, I know just the ones you mean! :-O jlg, the trim across the seam is supposed to be ribbon - I used self-fabric bias tape made with my 1/2" bias tape maker. Sorry, I should have put that into the review. I will edit it.
10/28/03 8:38 PM
I was looking at a pattern I have that is similar. The longer versions have long bell sleeves. The shorter version has 3/4 bell sleeves. Would it be feasible to shorten the sleeves and make them 3/4?
10/29/03 1:28 AM
I like the shorter version, but the longer version may be more authentic, for the true retro look.
10/29/03 6:36 AM
Well, Gigi, you've already gotten three zillion opinions on the length, so will that keep me from adding mine? Of course not! I love your top and I like the shorter length. You have a beautiful figure to show off. Thanks for the informative review.
10/29/03 9:05 AM
I just have to add my 2 cents worth -- I like the longer versio...
10/29/03 12:39 PM
The shorter version looks better because the longer version has a tendency to accentuate/draw attention to the thighs and derier. Although your body size looks good, we always see ourselves differently from others. Great job!! Sincerely, Sewvee
2/1/05 8:50 AM
This has actually become one of my favorite tops so I guess all the fitting troubles were worthwhile! :-)
2/1/05 4:59 PM
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