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4/19/11 7:49 AM
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How brave to review a wadder, but really helpful! I hope you make it again and it turns out better. The picture before the hole looks good.
4/19/11 7:57 AM
Oh, no! I hate that your top turned into a wadder. Your fabric choice was so pretty. The hole is so close to the neck opening that I wonder if you could just cut about an inch off all the way around the neckline and then make inch wide puffing with a binding (depending on if you have any more of the fabric). Thank you so much for your very thorough review.
4/19/11 8:39 AM
Thanks for reviewing Freya. Sorry this ended sadly. Good luck with the next top (and I think it's worth having a go at salvaging this one).
4/19/11 9:12 AM
Having followed your progress through the Valley of the Assassins, I am sure you can bounce back from such a disaster. At least you have the pattern tamed for next time.
4/19/11 9:34 AM
Oh, this is a sad and dismal story. Could you add a ?bow or fabric flower to that portion of the neckline? It is such a nice blouse.
4/19/11 9:54 AM
Oh dear, so sorry to hear about the last minute disaster! It sounds like you've worked out a good fit on this, so hopefully it will work out better the next time!
4/19/11 10:50 AM
Too bad about your top - with all the other good patterns out there, why even bother with this one again! You are so good at your sewing, you don't need the grief! :)
4/19/11 11:04 AM
Oh, so sorry to read about the demise of your project. Are you sure you will abandon it? The Liberty of London print is soooo nice and it looks like there is enough fabric around the neck area to create a new look such as Christas suggested. Good luck - if nothing else it would be a lovely top to wear under a shirt or jacket.
4/19/11 11:57 AM
How about making a slightly lower neckline and setting it off with double fold bias tape in a complementary or matching color. I have been following the New Dress A Day blog and have been impressed at how she boldly cuts into what appear to be hopelessly unattractive garments and resurrects them to attractive ones. Maybe there's no such thing as a "wadder"!
4/19/11 12:31 PM
Oh, goodness. It's sad to think of you crawling into your "sleeping bag and sob[bing] bitterly," with the "sagging Stark bosom" quavering under the weight of such despair. You do paint quite the picture! I look at this top and I know there is something that can be done. How about turning it into a sleeveless tee with a sleeved-voile top worn over it with an open placket or lower neckline to expose the beautiful Liberty print? Or shortening the sleeve and opening up the neckline and wearing a brown camisole tee under it so a band of color shows at the neckline behind the print. Do not let this thing bring you down! You will prevail!
4/19/11 1:17 PM
I can't believe you'd toss that lovely top when it's so fixable! Make a bigger neckband if you don't want a wider neckline. Or put a small tab there (and one on the other side if you are into symmetry). It only takes a little more fabric, but if you don't have even that, you can use a contrasting fabric. I love those little unexpected and subtle details that make a garment unique, yet don't shout "look at me!"
4/19/11 4:22 PM
Oh my, that fabric is way too pretty to toss. I'm sure you can find a way to salvage the neckline. Thanks for a very helpful review.
4/19/11 4:54 PM
I too suggest that you save your top. You have many wonderful suggestions in the comments. You might find that the finished top comes out better than you dreamed for the original. The print is very nice.
4/20/11 0:24 AM
very nice fabric. Maybe you could try a couple of neckline darts using Marcy Tiltons tips, found on her website. Space them so you catch the hole.
4/20/11 7:39 AM
4/20/11 7:45 AM
That is such a pretty top! I've made the pattern twice and found that I have to enlarge the sleeves - even though I've never thought of myself as having mondo arms ;-) How about putting a binding strip over that miserable hole? If you have any more of the pretty Liberty fabric, you could use it. Or a coordinating solid?
4/20/11 10:11 AM
Oh no! Sorry to hear about the hole. Those things seem to happen so suddenly. If you don't otherwise dislike the top (I think it looks good on) maybe you could put it away for a while and later decide on a way to save it? In any case, thank you very much for the informative review.
4/20/11 12:41 PM
I loved your fabric even before you said it was Liberty of London. Now I know why I loved it. Oh please do cry over this blouse. We ALL have these moments when our hard work ends up in bad results. I have one on my counter right now.
4/20/11 1:45 PM
Lovely work and beautiful fabric--I hope your top is fixable!
4/20/11 3:21 PM
Oh geez, Freya! From looking at the pic, I thought you had a slightly draped front top! Is there any way you could save this top? It's not fair just to let it go, especially after your time and efforts. It seems as if you have this pattern figured out after your first top. I hope you make another with your refinements.
4/20/11 3:49 PM
Oh the tragedy of it all Freya. Thanks for such a detailed and entertaining review in the face of your disaster! I hope you are able to salvage this top.
5/7/11 5:44 AM
I am sorry your top did not work out - but the material is really beautiful may be you sew in some cotton tape and turn it which in theory bring the neckline in a little, cover the hole, then turn it and machine the neck.
5/7/11 6:59 AM
I'm not just trying to be nice but I rather like the "cartwheel" effect. I think it frames your face nicely and it won't feel like it's choking you. Wear it!
5/7/11 7:40 AM
I reckon the neck is OK. Be fine in the desert.
5/7/11 8:03 AM
I liked the neckline before I read your comments..still do..frames the face and neck beautifully! As for the desert dust..well, the camels won't care....
5/7/11 8:27 AM
Necks can be such a pain on some fabrics. I was able to save one that was stretched out by cutting off the neck and ease stitching and putting on a new binding. I figured I had nothing to lose. I was very happy with the result and will do this again. The slight ease ( I tried to keep the slight gathers in the center front) pressed right out after the binding went on. A shame to lose such nice fabric as yours but wadders sometimes happen and it is just fabric which was made to be used and like most of us you probably have more.
5/7/11 8:33 AM
Ok, now this one is TOO funny! Still savable, in my opinion, but I can understand why you don't want to have any more to do with it. (I'm way too frugal for my own good.) You just need a little pattern drafting lesson, that's all. Hope the next one turns out beautifully.
5/7/11 11:23 AM
Did you ADD the neckband? I made this several years ago and don't remember it having one. I've actually been thinking of making it again. I think last time I did not do enough of a FBA, and since it's been a few years, I'll probably have to drop the apex as well. :-( Thanks for the detailed review. I think LH patterns are great once you get the fit the way you like it.
5/7/11 5:44 PM
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