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|Reviewed by:||michellep74|| |
|Posted on:||8/18/11 8:25 PM |
|Last Updated:||9/3/14 2:35 PM|
|Pattern Size:||Plus-Sized Regular |
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|Pattern Rating:||Highly Recommend |
|Review Rating:|| Helpful by 2 people Very Helpful by 15 people |
|Fabric:||ITY Jersey [See other projects in this fabric]|
|Update (3-Sep-2014): I pulled out this pattern and made another version. This time, I made the dress view. I wanted a longer dress, and so I didn't make any adjustments to the length. This dress is near-maxi-length on me in back (with the hi-lo hem), and I'm 5'2".|
The fabric for the dress version is a cotton/spandex blend from Girl Charlee with a daisy print. It's fairly lightweight and very drapey, and it's very, very soft. This is definitely a "secret pajamas" dress.
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From the HotPatterns web site:
"Super-simple cool-girl style with these great knit pieces, designed for light or medium weight drape-y knits...think bamboo, rayon, modal, tencel, viscose, burn-out knits, or even a silk jersey.
Semi-fitted Dress, Tunic or Top has a center back seam, ‘V’ neckline with self or rib trim and center front seam with ruched detail.
Top finishes at the low hip with a deep hem; Tunic & Dress have separate hem facings, plus a gently flared A-line silhouette with a center front flare from waist to hem. Tunic finishes mid thigh; Dress finishes below the knee, with a slightly longer hemline at the back. Complete your look with classic cap, rib-trimmed cap or elbow length sleeves.
Wear these gorgeous pieces whenever you need a relaxed, chic and comfy look...layer the tunic over some skinny cropped pants; team the dress with chunky wedge sandals; and try the top with your favorite slouchy pants."
I started off making the tunic but turned it into the top because of me not thinking my petite alterations all the way through (more details on that Alterations section).
HotPatterns sizes 6-26.
I made my usual size blending of starting with an 18 through the neck/shoulders and blending to a 22 from the bust on down. (Also known as a "cheater FBA".)
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes! Although be aware that this pattern seems to run a little longer (in sleeve length and hem length) than some other HotPatterns I've made. Not a big deal, just something to note.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes! This was the first "new" HotPattern that I've sewn in a while (I've been sewing mostly TNTs for the past few months), so I was surprised to see how much more detailed these instructions were than previous HotPatterns. Trudy now includes notes of when to understitch and other details to create a nicer-looking garment. If you've never sewn a HotPattern before, this would be a good one to start with.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Likes: The pattern goes together very quickly and is nicely shaped to be flattering on a curvy figure. (It only took me 3.5 hours to complete this top from opening the pattern envelope to putting on the final top--and that included a lot of futzing with length.) The CF ruching detail is cute, and Trudy includes a notched guide piece to help you get your ruching even. I don't know why more patterns don't do this where ruching is an important detail. Oh yes, and I sewed most of the top on my serger.
Blue period floral ITY jersey from Gorgeous Fabrics
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Heh. As I mentioned before, I'd originally intended to make the tunic view instead of the top. But...when I held the pattern pieces up to myself, they were quite long. I could tell that I wanted the length probably more than 4" shorter, but decided to start with 4" of shortening. I drew two lengthen/shorten lines under the bust area of the pattern then folded and taped my pattern pieces. Seems easy enough, right?
Well, if you look at the front pattern piece, you'll see where the CF seam "swings out" to form the drape that you see in the line drawing. (The view for the top has an additional line that eliminates the drape/swing out line.) All of the length that I eliminated came from the drape section because I didn't think through the lengthen/shorten placement, so I wound up with a short drape and a drape that started a bit low on my body.
I realized what a big deal this was when I tried on my nearly-finished tunic and saw that the break for the drape started just above hip-level on me, and the, um, effect as it went down to just below my crotch height was rather Georgia O'Keeffe-esque. If I was a contestant on Project Runway, Michael Kors would scolded me for having "crotch curtains" in my tunic. So, I had to do something about that.
I wound up ditching the hem facing and shortening the tunic to top length and serging the drape mostly closed.
By doing my size 18-to-22 grade/cheater FBA, I did not need any additional alterations beyond adjusting the length.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I absolutely plan to sew it again! I'd like to eventually try all three views, but to start off with, I think I'll make a few more tops and try the dress. I definitely recommend it to others as well--just check the pattern length on yourself before cutting your fabric.
My favorite "new" pattern of the summer, so far. It's a rare pattern where I complete one version and immediately want to make another one--this is one of those patterns.
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