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Posted on:5/25/02 7:05 PM
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said... (9/16/02 7:25 PM) Reply
I made this top years ago out of cheapy rayon fabric, thinking it wouldn't come out right and I wouldn't have wasted any of my good stash. The results were fabulous, as Mary Ann attests, even in cheapy rayon fabric! I still wear the top to this day and get compliments. The pocket is a fabulous detail, and I agree that the instructions make construction/application very clear. I think this pattern would look good in just about any fabric, but is especially flattering in softer ones such as lightweight wools and knits. As for sizing, I'm 5'3" so I used the size small length, except in front pieces, which I cut to the size large length to accommodate my bust. I also cut the sleeves and yoke in size small. I'm planning to do this top again in lightweight wool with a matching straight skirt for a non-traditional business suit (the only kind I like). Happy sewing!
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said... (5/27/02 2:24 AM) Reply
I started but never quite finished this garmet because I'm having some serious problems with fraying. I used a a very loose weave linen. Anyhow, I totally agree that it's important to use color coded tacks and keep the pattern pieces attached to the fabric until you're ready to sew. I find this the case will all Sewing Workshop patterns. Did you use their method of hemming with the tag board template? I got really frustrated with this. I thought it was so tedious! I ended up hemming the garment by pinning and pressing at the ironing board.
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said... (5/26/02 11:06 AM) Reply
I would love to see a finished garment photo if you can because I have this fabric too! This sounds like an interesting pattern-fabric match I hadn't thought of. Now I'll be taking a second look at this pattern. Thanks for your comments!
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said... (5/25/02 9:34 PM) Reply
I think this one could work for tiny, little you, but I'd sure tissue fit before cutting. I'm tall and brad-shouldered...
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said... (5/25/02 7:43 PM) Reply
How was the sizing? I like a lot of the Sewing Workshop patterns but I'm starting to come to the conclusion the styles aren't right for my petite body (short and slender).
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