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|Reviewed by:||michellep74|| |
|Posted on:||4/29/14 2:54 PM |
|Pattern Size:||Plus-Sized Regular |
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|Pattern Rating:||Recommend, with Modifications |
|Review Rating:|| Helpful by 2 people Very Helpful by 6 people |
|Fabric:||Ponte Knit [See other projects in this fabric]|
|Overview/Pricing: As contest manager, I am not eligible to enter the Bargainista Fashionista contest, but I did want to sew along with the participants. For my inspiration piece, I chose this Ruche piece, which retails for $36.99 and is not available in my size:|
Cherished Memory Lace Detail Blouse from Ruche
For my garment, I spent $12 on fabric and notions (piping). I saved 66% by making my own. Note that while the pattern price wouldn't be included for this contest, this was the "freebie pattern of the month" from StyleArc a few months back.
From the StyleArc web site:
"This is a great top on which to use your design skills, colour block the panels or use fashionable piping along the seam of the panels, the options are endless. This is a slip-on top (no fastening)."
I want to note that the front panels are overlays; this is not a pieced top.
StyleArc sizes 4-30. I sewed a size 20, which is one size smaller than my measurements would indicate on StyleArc's size chart.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
It basically does, although I did my own interpretation of the design, based on my RTW inspiration. Note that the line drawing is accurate in that there is NO side seam shaping on this top, outside of the bust darts.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions are very basic--as with all StyleArc patterns, they list steps in an order of construction, rather than give details about how to sew something. That said, there are a number of aspects of this blouse that I found to be pretty fiddly and that I could see causing problems for a sewist who was used to more detailed instructions. Here are a few things that I want to call out:
* Either stay-stitch the curved areas where you'll be applying the piping, or use a double-sided stabilizer like Wonder Tape to help you apply your piping.
* When you attach the neckband panels (you'll apply the right side of neckband to the wrong side of the top, then flip the panel over to the right side), don't forget to understitch--although for this top, you'll understitch your SA's to the top itself.
* Use Wonder Tape to get the placement right on your panels before topstitching them down to your top.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Likes: The panels allow you to get creative with various design options, such as color blocking, lace overlays, and piping. I like my use of lace in the sleeves--I think I'll try that again with a different project.
Dislikes: The lack of side seam shaping does make for a really boxy top, as noted by other reviewers.
This was also a much more "fiddly" project than I was anticipating. I think that the pattern would work best with a lightweight woven fabric (as mentioned in the recommended fabrics), such as a cotton lawn or voile, BUT, if you use the piping option, you're risking changing the hand of the fabric and losing some of the drape you'd probably prefer to keep. I suspect that the best option is to forgo the piping, or use a flat, non-corded piping wit a lightweight woven.
Lace from FabricMart ($4.99/yard)--Used for the panel overlays/sleeves.
Lightweight black Ponte Knit from FabricMart ($5.99/yard).
Piping from Rose City Textiles in Portland, OR (from our trip there last fall).
Obviously, I went with a heavier weight fabric than I should have, but when I had lighter weight wovens in my hand, they just didn't feel substantial enough for all of that piping. I'm not sure what the solution is.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Added a layer of lace to the panels. Used lace for the sleeves.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I won't sew this again; it's distinctive, and I'm not in love with it. I think this would be more flattering on my plus sized figure if the center column were narrower. Ironically, I'd originally zeroed in on this design because I thought that the center column would be a flattering vertical line. I'm not sure that it is, though, in reality.
I'd recommend it to others, but I'd steer beginners clear of this pattern--too many fiddly bits and not enough detail in the instructions.
Eh, I'm happy that I gave this pattern a whirl. It's been sitting in my stash since last summer, and I really liked the design from the line drawing. There haven't been too many reviews or blog posts about this pattern yet, so I wasn't sure what to expect. Now I know.
More on my blog:
General project post:
Post detailing the construction of the front panels:
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