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Sure-Fit Designs: Cowl Neck Blouse (Cowl Neck Blouse) - Type:Tops    printable version
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Reviewed by:sprKathleen
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Posted on:10/22/13 8:54 AM
Pattern Size:Plus-Sized Regular Petite 
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Pattern Rating:Highly Recommend
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Fabric:Rayon-Lycra Knit  [See other projects in this fabric]
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Pattern Description:
This cowl neck top is one of 5 styles in the instruction book: Bodices that Mix 'n' Multiply Beyond Bodice Basics by Sure-Fit Designs. This is not a pattern as such, but instead provides the instructions on how you can draw the pattern yourself starting with a basic bodice pattern and a basic skirt pattern. If you've already fitted the bodice and the skirt, you will know in advance that the cowl neck top will fit you perfectly.

Pattern Sizing:
All sizes, because it begins with a basic bodice and skirt (and in the variation I made, also a sleeve). Now that you’ve made that muslin, this is a great example of what you can do with it.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes. There were several steps in the process, but the instructions were extremely clear and went together smoothly.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Foremost the fit. It was my first experience using a well-fitting bodice pattern to draw off a different style of top. I loved the beautiful drape of the cowl neckline and I really enjoyed that I could easily control the depth, the width and the fullness of the cowl. The top is extremely comfortable and a delight to wear.

Fabric Used:
Rayon knit from JoAnn fabrics. This is a very stretch fabric.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I made design decisions, as mentioned above, but no changes to the pattern or methods.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I will definitely sew it again. The sewing went together very quickly and easily, taking only a single afternoon. I highly recommend this pattern and the entire Sure-Fit Designs system.

Highly recommend! I also recommend the Sure-Fit Designs Fit and Sew Retreat where I got to create and refine my fitting muslin, which I used in drawing off this pattern.
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Meredith P said...
Glad to see that you had success with your top, and that you enjoyed the SFD retreat. I have the pants pattern, but haven't had a chance to work with it yet. Nice top!
10/22/13 9:59 AM
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