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Posted on:5/9/14 3:51 PM
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Pattern Rating:Highly Recommend
Review Rating: Very Helpful by 10 people   
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Fabric:Interlock Knit  [See other projects in this fabric]
Pattern Description: From the website:
The sleeveless top and cardigan, duster or bolero style jacket are designed to flatter a woman with real curves. This patterns has been designed with most common fit alterations built right in - high round back, forward shoulder, full bust, extra hip/tummy room, and a great fit in the neck and shoulder. The sleeveless top covers that extra skin in the armhole area, and all pieces feature an "essence of waist".

Pattern Sizing:Sized by the high Bust measurement
XS (31"-33"), S (34"-36") M (37"-39") L (40"-42") XL (43"-45") It is recommended to use the size that has you measurement on the high end of the previous size. For instance I cut a medium because my measurement with is 36.5" on some days 37.5", but I like a snug fit. You also have to determine the stretch of the fabric. If it is very stretch then consider that when selecting your size.

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

Were the instructions easy to follow? The instruction or more like a "beginner sewing class" which includes details for altering the pattern in common areas such as the hips, waist and armseye adjustments. It even talks about how to "block" your armholes and neckline back into shape after stitching stretched them out of shape.. Something, I didn't even realize people did anymore. Good to see it included in the pattern instructions.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I originally bought this pattern and several other of Pamela's Patterns for my Mom....She appreciates patterns that still use the "older" tried and true method of construction, along with some new details for avoiding problems, such as the use of stay tapes for shoulders and hem techniques that work to improve the overall quality of the garment.

Another thing I like, is the fact that it has the two fronts, one with darts, and another without.

Fabric Used: A simple cotton interlock was used.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I needed a quick 30 minute cover that wouldn't be too hot in our humid weather. So because I considered to be like running up to forever 21, I would grab something from my stash. Because it was just a quick coverup, I did not add the facing to the front and neck.

I did use a stabilizer tape all the way around and then just folded the ties under and stitched the edges with a 5/8" hem.

On the side seams I took out 3/4" to get rid of the slight flare that happens when the top pattern piece is cut just above the waist curve.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I plan to sew this again.
Conclusion: I see so many of the patterns out there for these type of coverups....that are all the same to me. But it was nice to have a pattern with thicker paper and all the sizes ranges without excessive ease built into the pattern. This saves on your fabric and creates a terrific base pattern to do a range of styles from.
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shirleyyoujest said...
This looks great! I was just thinking today that I need to make something like this for cool summer nights.
5/9/14 4:10 PM
Nancy Rhodes said...
Helpful - enabling that is! review… headed to the website for a closer look and self argument about 'another' pattern. Love your top… flattering to the max. Nice to know that with the short cuts you utilized for a fast job still resulted in a lovely garment. Thank you!!!
5/9/14 4:26 PM
Nancy Rhodes said...
the dreaded double post…. sorry all~
5/9/14 4:27 PM
sewrose said...
Looks like a great choice for our climate. I'm always looking for just the right summer layer. I'll have to try this one.
5/9/14 4:50 PM
msschiel said...
Very nice!
5/9/14 6:30 PM
supizoo said...
Very pretty. I need little cover-ups like this as well.
5/9/14 6:35 PM
sewtofit said...
@sewrose. Yes, with the weather flipping like it does I don't know why I waited so long.
5/9/14 6:58 PM
sewtofit said...
@nancy Rhodes. I'm a true pattern junkie!!! I have 1001 reasons to by a pattern.
5/9/14 7:00 PM
SewWil said...
Perfect layering piece. Very nice!
5/10/14 3:17 AM
canei said...
Nice! I was thinking about this, but I just might order it. I love your fabric and the way it fits. Thanks for the review.
5/10/14 7:22 AM
Guelphgurl said...
I could see making this in 10 different colours! It would be great for cool offices and evenings.
5/10/14 8:55 AM
1SewSweet said...
I love your look accomplished with this pattern! I am very new to layering, but am enjoying it! This is would be a very good staple pattern!
5/10/14 10:34 AM
Lagolden2 said...
This is such a sweet outfit. The bolero type jacket really polishes it. Great work.
5/14/14 7:51 AM
Judy Kski said...
I think this bolero length cover-up looks great with your dress. I have the pattern and really need to make one of these for myself. Thanks for the review!
7/30/14 10:10 PM
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