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Reviewed by:Debbie Cook

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Posted on:6/18/04 11:53 AM
Last Updated:7/10/04 9:02 PM
Review Rating: Helpful by 1 people    Very Helpful by 8 people   
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LindaS. said... (7/11/04 11:17 PM) Reply
See the new topic on the MB.
Debbie Cook said... (7/11/04 9:17 PM) Reply
LindaS, let's see if I can explain better -- the striped blouse with the armscye dart is BEFORE I knew about the excess ease which needs to be removed. In that case, I had to add the armscye dart because there was too much gaping without it. There is no armscye dart when you remove this ease, as I did for the white blouse. What you do is rotate that ease out of the armhole, which using slash/spread transfers it to the bust dart. If you do not have a full bust, you may not notice much gaping with an un-adjusted sleeveless pattern. The only way to know for sure is to sew up a test, or the top you already have cut. If you want to explore this more (and remember, I'm still learning), let's start a new topic on the Message Board.
LindaS. said... (7/11/04 9:05 PM) Reply
Debbie, this info is so helpful, especially about the extra ease in the armscyes where there will be sleeves. I'm not clear on how to remove this without adding an armscye dart as you did. Can it be done another way? Right now I've got a blouse already cut out and a dress ready to be cut out that will be sleeveless but the bodice pattern is the same as for the view with sleeves, so now I'm leary of attempting this. It sure does explain alot, though.
LoriB said... (7/11/04 2:29 PM) Reply
Great review. Thanks for passing on the info about altering the armscye for the sleeveless version. This will save me frustration in the future, I'm sure! Your blouse is beautiful too. Very pretty!
Sherril Miller said... (7/11/04 11:07 AM) Reply
Debbie, I want that blouse! I love everything about it. The length is great and just where I'd wear it. Thanks for the review. I think this one will be part of my fall wardrobe--with sleeves though. Thanks for sharing your problems and great fixes.
JDpenelope said... (7/11/04 8:50 AM) Reply
Beautiful! What an analytical sewist you are. I appreciate your clear descriptions and illustrative photos of your many strategic tweeks to make this pattern a winner.
Hilary said... (7/11/04 8:20 AM) Reply
AWESOME review, Debbie!! I have this pattern and have been chicken to try it. But with all the help from you and the other Talented Sewists on this board I am finally able to fit my own FB :oD I appreciate the time you all take to give such complete and informative reviews-I will use these tips!! Oh, and your blouse is *beautiful* I like the fringed selvedge instead of a hem~and the angled front center too. Great blouse, great review :o)
Rebecca D said... (7/11/04 7:30 AM) Reply
The blouse turned out beautifully and while the length may not be perfect for your figure (as it would not be for mine), it looks wonderful on you. It's so bright, summery, and fresh.
CarolynGM said... (7/11/04 7:02 AM) Reply
Love the way you did that linen top. It was clearly worth all the effort. You should make several more of these.
els said... (7/11/04 5:57 AM) Reply
Debbie your new blouse fits you perfect, it will be definitely a winner now you already have made all the alterations to get that fit. I like the angled hemline on you.
Asa Hagstrom said... (7/11/04 4:01 AM) Reply
Your new blouse looks smashing, Debbie! Great use of the embroidered fabric.
Lori V said... (7/10/04 10:42 PM) Reply
Wow, Debbie, I love the new blouse. Belinda and Armstrong give great advice. The length looks great and the fabric is so pretty.
kathi s said... (7/10/04 9:56 PM) Reply
Really pretty blouse and very becoming. I don't think the length is unflattering- the embroidery is the focal point. Really nice alterations and the angle in the front is a great feature.
jlg said... (7/10/04 9:45 PM) Reply
Debbie, this is just lovely. Very becoming;
Awlful said... (7/10/04 9:41 PM) Reply
what an absolutely beautiful shirt! Good on ya!
Awlful said... (7/10/04 9:39 PM) Reply
What an absolutely beautiful shirt and it looks good on you!
Debbie Spriggs said... (7/10/04 9:18 PM) Reply
Blouse #2 is every bit as gorgeous as blouse #1! I really like how you've integrated the embroidery into the collar, and and the angled front hem treatment! The fit looks great, too!
Jennifer West said... (7/10/04 9:15 PM) Reply
Very pretty blouse, Debbie. Great job on the fitting alterations.
Skymom said... (6/19/04 9:00 PM) Reply
Very attractive. I love the use of the embroidery--it's nicely integrated into the blouse design.
Modiste Madness said... (6/19/04 12:53 PM) Reply

Modiste Madness said... (6/19/04 12:46 PM) Reply
Another alternative to fix the back neck riding up is to change the slope of the shoulder seam. Raise the arm side probably 1/4 to 1/2 inch and redraw the seam line to the neck. It is hard to tell how much you will need just from a picture. You will need to ADD the corrresponding amount to the bottom of the armscye and redraw that area also. You and I are identical twins in the shoulders so I knew what the problem was right away. I am going to look at your other pictures to see what else might look good on me. Your blouse turned out great and is very flattering.
mag said... (6/19/04 9:30 AM) Reply
I like your review. It is very thorough, and it is nice to have the pics of back view, etc. Very nice outfit.
Danvillegirl said... (6/19/04 7:10 AM) Reply
Nice save on gaping armholes.
Debbie Spriggs said... (6/19/04 6:56 AM) Reply
I really like how your choice of embroidery draws the eye to the flattering vee-shaped neckline of your blouse. Beautiful!
AnneM said... (6/19/04 6:08 AM) Reply
It does look like it was made for you! Darts, what darts? I really didn't notice the darts & had to go back & look after you mentioned them. I love what you did with the embroidery. You are an inspiration.
Mbarkle said... (6/18/04 7:40 PM) Reply
Debbie, this looks great on you. The darts aren't noticeable to anyone but you, I promise. I love this pattern too.
PVA said... (6/18/04 2:20 PM) Reply
Oh Debbie, what a wonderful job you have done with this pattern! Your shirt-tail looks so much nicer than the straight-across finish on the pattern photo. Way more flattering! I'll bet that seersucker is going to just get softer and softer, and even more wonderful in that hot humid climate. thanks for the review!
jlg said... (6/18/04 1:00 PM) Reply
Very pretty, Debbie. I love the embroidery.
els said... (6/18/04 12:37 PM) Reply
Hi Debbie very nice blouse. quote:The other problem with this blouse is I've got that back neckline riding up thing again.quote. You have very straight shoulders that is the reason why your neckline rides up.You can alter this by scooping the back neckline out a bit.
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