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Pamela's Patterns: 110 - Type:Tops    printable version
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Posted on:10/29/13 5:37 PM
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Pattern Description: Draped front cardigan with ruched back neckline for a slim and stylish look!

Pattern Sizing: XS-XL

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Basically, yes. The photo is very low quality so it's a bit hard to see some of the details and since it's on a dress form, the sleeves look more flared at the bottom, I think, but overall it's very much the same.

Were the instructions easy to follow? This was a really easy garment to assemble and the instructions were more conversational than technical which makes them accessible to even beginners. Additionally, videos are offered online for many of the steps, though I didn't watch any of them so I cannot speak to their helpfulness.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Likes: It took me only a few hours to cut out the pattern, make my adjustments, cut the garment and sew it. Now that the pattern pieces are cut, I could easily whip out another one in an afternoon. The pattern had already accounted for one of my regular adjustments (shortening the armscye and sleeve cap) in the pattern which made that adjustment really quick and easy. The pattern offers a regular and full bust version of the front which I expect is a really nice feature for those of you with some serious curves. I didn't need the full bust so I can't speak to the fit but the pattern pieces are quite wide at the bust and then taper to a much narrow upper bust width so it looks good to my untrained eye.

Dislikes: My fabric has a very obvious wrong side and the finishing for the drape front is a hem folded once and sewn with a double needle. If the front flips open, it's not particularly nice looking. I think I'd prefer to use a fabric without an obvious wrong or right side. The only other little quibble I have is the lack of information on either basic sloper measurements used or finished measurements of the garment. I fell right between an XS and S for upper bust and while I generally always have to go down a size in the waist, I often have to go up a size or two in the hips and there just wasn't a lot of info about how the hips were intended to fit so I could make an educated choice.

Fabric Used: Some sort of cheap polyester stretch velvet with a metallic component. My workspace is now covered in a superfine silvery dust that makes it look like someone came home from a rave and passed out on my cutting table.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I was just a smidge bigger than the large end of the XS, but decided to cut that size since I have a narrow waist and cross-back width. I think it was the right choice, though I traced off the pattern instead of cutting it, in case I ever decide I should go up a size. I shortened the armscye and sleeve cap per the pattern suggestions and lengthened the sleeves by an inch.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I think I'd like this just a little better with a different fabric; one that isn't quite so bulky at the seams and that doesn't have an obvious wrong side. I'll probably sew it at least one more time before I make a final decision about my opinion of the pattern.

Conclusion: I'm not super crazy about Pamela's tagline: "Designed to fit and flatter women with REAL figures!" Every woman's figure is a real figure including those that model all the patterns for the big commercial companies, but I appreciate at these patterns account for some common fitting concerns people may have. It's also really nice to work with a pattern for knits that doesn't rely on weird facings that you would never see in ready to wear patterns. Overall, I think this pattern is worth trying if you like the style.
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wendyrb said...
This is very nice on you! The sleeve, especially the cap & armhole area you adjusted looks just right. OK, lesson learned- wrong side shows, but at least no bulky facing. Do make more. I've got this pattern and yours is pushing me to cut mine. Thanks.
10/29/13 8:13 PM
MissMarnie said...
Oh if you have the pattern, definitely make it. It's pretty fun to make and really fast; instant gratification.
10/29/13 11:02 PM
blue mooney said...
Your cardigan looks great on you. Thanks for such a thorough review!
10/30/13 8:41 AM
canei said...
Nice!
10/30/13 9:35 AM
JOshiro said...
See, now if I had a cutting table covered with superfine silver dust, I would just as soon presume that the fairies had been visiting... LOL. I have that pattern somewhere and was leaning toward making it with an entirely different fabric (eg, a tissue knit) - but now I'm thinking the heavier fabric looks pretty good, too... :) So many choices! Nice work.
10/30/13 10:54 AM
MissMarnie said...
June, I actually think the drapier/heavier fabric is the way to go. It makes the drape hang nicely and keeps the back from getting caught on one's caboose. Does anyone else have that problem or is that just me? :)
10/30/13 11:25 AM
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