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Reviewed by:BeckyW

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Posted on:9/10/13 11:12 PM
Last Updated:9/10/13 11:25 PM
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KateLoom said... (6/28/14 9:57 AM) Reply
I just bought this pattern, and your description of your measurements sound just like me: narrow shoulders and upper chest, C-cup in the front but narrower back, wider hip. I'm going to be using a drapey rayon because last time I made a top that called for voile it was a disaster. Re: the collar, I noticed on the instructions that it's cut on the straight grain. I decided to cut it on the bias. Good thing I saw your photos because I definitely don't want something that sticks out like that! Thanks for your helpful review!
Wino said... (3/7/14 4:41 PM) Reply
Same experience using a burnout voile....maybe in a fabric with more drape, like a rayon challis? Cute top but somehow fails in execution.
TGWGWS said... (9/12/13 2:13 AM) Reply
I agree with your assessment on this pattern. I think it would look better if the front was cut straight across. And maybe some kind of waist tie at the back or maybe a lace up detail at the back (waist to neck) or even a row of small buttons with loop closures (similar to a wedding dress) :)
sewingcanary said... (9/12/13 0:25 AM) Reply
Some fabrics have a lot of sizing and take a few washes to soften. Give it time. If you donít like the pleat at the back you could press it closed, then stitch across it at waistline. It would bring it in yet the pleat would still be there. Try basting it first to see if it works for YOU. Perhaps it will be a favorite this time next year. Itís cute.
Pj3g said... (9/11/13 2:59 PM) Reply
I love it on you too!
Frozzy said... (9/11/13 2:47 PM) Reply
Thanks for this review. I have this pattern, and its good to know fabric/pattern issues before cutting!! The collar seems to really droop down in the back, would softer fabric help that I wonder? Maybe rayon challis would be a good fabric choice for this pattern, so the collar would be softer, and the back pleat wouldn't stick out as much. Reading reviews like yours when it didn't turn out as good as you would have liked is even more helpful than reading reviews where the results were perfect. Thanks again!
BeckyW said... (9/11/13 2:35 PM) Reply
The peterpan collar would be cute and the other suggestion of cutting the collar on the bias is a good suggestion. The think that I hate the most about it is the way that the back pleat stands away from the body. I like the front after I added the lines of zigzag down the front to make the seams "make sense" to me, and I don't even mind the center front seam since it makes 3 nice lines down the front. I don't think that voile is the right fabric for it.
bebro said... (9/11/13 12:37 PM) Reply
Your version looks like the envelope photo, and it looks fine on you, but your review (and others) is the last word--I will NOT be making this view, even though I too think the envelope photo is very cute.
MrsCharisma said... (9/11/13 12:15 PM) Reply
Yours is FABULOUS! And in voile too!? Mine was just awful :/ I love it, love it, love it on you!
SewWil said... (9/11/13 11:09 AM) Reply
Your top looks very nice on you. I have this pattern and have been on the fence about making it. Thanks for the review.
pammieh said... (9/11/13 11:00 AM) Reply
Also-- I made a peter pan collar on mine -- I do think the collar with the pattern is a disaster in the making unless you are making a ponte knit.
prttynpnk said... (9/11/13 10:27 AM) Reply
You've really tamed this one- your collar came out alot better than mine did!!!
RobbieK said... (9/11/13 8:34 AM) Reply
Life is too short to wear shirts you don't like. I don't think it's your best look.
Lynn67 said... (9/11/13 8:25 AM) Reply
I think it looks cute, but I hate center front seams too, and the back has a cape-ish effect - what happens when you run? Just kidding - somebody at Goodwill will love it!
Danmar said... (9/11/13 7:12 AM) Reply
I made this top and sent it to the thrift store. That center seam just doesn't work. And it made me look huge. I am planning to try one of the other views soon.
Rebecca D said... (9/11/13 7:06 AM) Reply
I think you're being a little tough on yourself here. You most certainly do not look pregnant on the back. I think you look good in it.
HRigg said... (9/11/13 4:17 AM) Reply
The top looks nice and fresh and I think it looks fine but I hear what you say . Thanks for the helpful review
sunniek said... (9/11/13 0:08 AM) Reply
I had the same experience, except the body fit great but the neckline in my size was too low and the collar a disaster. I think the collar should be cut on the bias. The collar just didn't look right. Still trying to save it somehow as I love the fabric. The center seams are not great.
pammieh said... (9/10/13 11:20 PM) Reply
I love it on you -- I made this pattern as well -- but did have to make SUBSTANTIAL adjustments for fit. . . Great job!! Maybe you'll like it as it hangs about:)
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