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Posted on:12/9/11 5:25 PM
Last Updated:12/9/11 5:29 PM
Pattern Size:Plus-Sized Regular Petite 
Review Rating: Helpful by 1 people    Very Helpful by 8 people   
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heathergwo said... (1/7/12 12:42 PM) Reply
Very pretty! Love the color and style which is why I bought this pattern myself. I'm about to make View A as well and wanted to read the reviews first. I don't have much experience, so I won't be altering it... hopefully it will fit! I don't think it's too long and I love the collar. Very helpful review, thanks!!
Annette1 said... (12/14/11 10:20 PM) Reply
Well, I think this is SUPER cute! And as for not receiving any compliments, what are they, blind? :o) I rarely receive compliments on any of my clothes WHEN THEY'RE NEW, probably because I work with a bunch of guys, and they can be a little slow to notice things at times (at least these guys) -- ha! I don't know why this one is cut on the crossgrain. I'm thinking of stretch, and you normally have more stretch on the crossgrain, but they way they're having you cut it, it would be less stretch, right? I really don't know! I certainly wouldn't hesitate to cut it on the straight grain, though. At any rate, I think you look GREAT in it. :o)
catalak said... (12/12/11 8:26 PM) Reply
I love how your top looks on you. I always think the cross-over/surplice style tops look so nice but everytime I make one for myself I end up fidgeting with it the whole time I have it on. Still haven't found the perfect pattern for this style.
Carolyn.S said... (12/11/11 11:11 AM) Reply
You look so cosy and comfy in this top! And I love the colour you have chosen
lamstu said... (12/11/11 7:31 AM) Reply
I agree with the others that the color is so fresh and looks great on you. (If you have to keep tugging it down, is it riding up because you need more room in the hip? That's what usually makes my top rise up. Maybe you can try with your experiment and see.)
Margaret said... (12/10/11 8:53 AM) Reply
Cute top and lovely color! I've had some problems with similar dolman-sleeved patterns being really big on top and small in the hips. I often find cutting the top part (from about waist-level up) a shockingly smaller size than the hip helps -- it also raises the underarm area which is sometimes too low on that kind of style. And maybe they had it cut on the crossgrain to conserve fabric? That's not necessarily bad, but when patterns are cut that way I would check that the knit stretches vertically (not horizontally, as you'd normally do) as much as the stretch guide on the pattern... marthamyers has a great point about the 2-way vs. 4-way stretch. Anyway, I think this looks great on you!
blue mooney said... (12/10/11 7:40 AM) Reply
Im surprised you didn't get any compliments on the top - I thought the thumbnail was really attractive! Great comments/advice that you've gotten from experienced knit workers. I hope you do a follow-up review on your next version.
MaryDB said... (12/10/11 1:12 AM) Reply
Looks great on you - love the color. I, too, find myself erasing sarcastic comments from the "Did it look like....?" section.
marec said... (12/10/11 0:03 AM) Reply
Thanks for all the specific feedback. I now think that the cross grain instructions are for the jersey. I have learned quite a bit from this project and your feedback, and now think I'll pull some less loved fabric out and do a bit more with this pattern: 1)use a stable cotton knit and cut it on grain. 2)use a jersey and cut it on the cross grain.
FreyaStark said... (12/9/11 10:57 PM) Reply
It looks pretty good to me, and the colour is lovely.
marthamyers said... (12/9/11 10:46 PM) Reply
I too think it looks cute on you. I think the crossgrain instruction may assume a 4-way stretch. Does your fabric have real 4-way stretch? If not, that may be why it feels a little odd to you. If you try it again, I recommend a 4-way stretch. Sometimes pattern companies refer to 2-way stretch which ALWAYS confuses me. I wish there was a standard way to reference knits that stretch in just the crossgrain versus knits that stretch length-wise and width-wise. With some tops, it can make a huge difference. I wonder how it would look with a cami or other tshirt under it, allowing the wrap to drape more.
rivergum said... (12/9/11 10:18 PM) Reply
It looks lovely and the blue really suits you. I can't see any reason why this should be cut on the cross grain, maybe because a 2-way knit would b more stable that way???? I would cut it on the straight grain and take the sides in if it feels too loose. Re gaping, the style is ideal for layering, so let it fall open and wear something underneath. It will make deep V which is very flattering.
SewWil said... (12/9/11 9:00 PM) Reply
Your top looks great on you in the picture.
Aroura said... (12/9/11 7:19 PM) Reply
It looks really great on you, I am sorry the cut of the front feels and hangs odd. You look very comfy and stylish in the pictures!
21wale said... (12/9/11 7:19 PM) Reply
I think it looks really nice. It's unique, but definitely not too much; just a pretty variation on the sweater. The fact that it's cut on the cross grain is really interesting...
jlg said... (12/9/11 6:57 PM) Reply
I think that this looks great. I hadn't really considered this top but now am putting it in my shopping cart.
Amanda.Claire said... (12/9/11 6:39 PM) Reply
Cute top! I like the sleeves too.
Terri A said... (12/9/11 6:33 PM) Reply
Well, I think it looks great. If it feels funny and things aren't hanging right - blame the layout they had you do. I wonder if a size or two smaller on cut on grain would make a difference... lightweight knits can be a little tricky too. Pretty color :-)
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