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Pattern Reviews> McCall's> 4381 (Asian Inspired Top)

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Posted on:1/30/05 5:00 PM
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Katharine in BXL said... (8/29/06 5:02 PM) Reply
Can I have your wardrobe... and your figure... and naturally red hair? Pretty please? This is yet another of your too cool for school projects. Luvit!
MickeyFan said... (2/1/05 7:23 AM) Reply
Cynthia, Power Sewing by Sandra Betzina includes instructions for taking out sleeve cap ease. I bought my tube turner at Joann's, but I am sure that you could also find one online if you don't have a Joann's or Hancock's near you.
cynthia w said... (1/31/05 4:21 PM) Reply
this is such an EXCELLENT review! thanks! I have noticed too that mccalls has WAY to much ease in the sleeves. What's the best way to teach myself to alter out some of the ease, like you did? A book to recommend? I do the same thing for my collars so that they fold in around the neck better. good tips there. where do you buy a tube turner? thanks again......
AnneM said... (1/31/05 6:58 AM) Reply
It is pretty; as Leslie said, perfect to stand around at a party in! I suppose if you could find a STRETCH brocade...
ryan's mom said... (1/31/05 5:58 AM) Reply
Beautiful top style and fabric. It is really fitted to your figure and very flattering.
Danvillegirl said... (1/31/05 5:24 AM) Reply
Lovely top. Like your design changes to make it better.
PVA said... (1/30/05 10:45 PM) Reply
Beautiful top! Very elegant. Thanks for the review -- your adjustment of the sleeves looks just right. Thanks also for the tip about filling out the point of the dart! That's very useful.
MickeyFan said... (1/30/05 9:46 PM) Reply
Thank you all for your kind words. Annika, I read about the dart technique in Power Sewing (page 56 specifically). Betzina suggests this technique for fabrics that don't shape easily like gabardine or faux suede. You center a small square of firm cotton or nonfusible interfacing under the dart point, then you simply sew over the square as you stitch the dart. When you iron the dart to one side, the fabric square at the point fills out the dimple - leaving your garment dimple free!
Annika said... (1/30/05 8:20 PM) Reply
Beautiful! Can you explain in more detail how you did the darts?
Avril said... (1/30/05 7:27 PM) Reply
Cool fabric! The top rich ... definite oriental feel.
CarolynGM said... (1/30/05 7:22 PM) Reply
This is so perfect -- the fit, the fabric, the way it looks on you. Great review too.
petra said... (1/30/05 6:48 PM) Reply
This looks lovely, would look great with a fitted slim black skirt with a long slit in it! Very "James Bond"! Great placement of the pattern motifs (missed the dreaded bust apex targets....)
ladylola said... (1/30/05 6:15 PM) Reply
Very pretty top! Love the fabric and the color!
Jan B. said... (1/30/05 6:13 PM) Reply
Beautiful! I have this one--thanks for your informative review.
Vivienne said... (1/30/05 6:02 PM) Reply
I agree with the praise for pattern placement - the whole top is perfect.
Leslie in Austin said... (1/30/05 5:33 PM) Reply
Pretty and beautifully fitted! Before I read your review, I wondered to myself if it was possible to move in it. Perhaps not an everyday top, but it looks idea for a stand around and be beautiful cocktail party. Love the way you placed the fabric's pattern.
Evatgirl73 said... (1/30/05 5:12 PM) Reply
Your top looks very pretty, and the fit is nice! Love the fabric! Thanks for the great review, it was very informative.
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