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« on: January 18, 2007 05:13:45 AM »

i'm learning to sew Smiley three dresses made already, and this is my first top. i'm going to make another from the pattern. it's not super duper flattering, but i feel like an artiste when i wear it.



for my comments on fit, etc see the blog please.

also, the whole thing is a bit gapey around the neckline. does that mean it's a size too big? i can't work out what is wrong witht he fit to make the neckline gape?
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« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2007 06:38:54 AM »

Looks good to me!  I wish I could wear that style, it is so adorable.  But with my gut I'm afraid people would ask when the baby's due.  I think you did a fabulous job!
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« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2007 07:08:11 AM »

wow i really love it! it looks amazing. i love the red accent. i happen to think it is very flattering! it isn't all too tight which is nice.
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« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2007 08:01:20 AM »

i love everything about that shirt. great job! and the neckline looks fine to me.
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« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2007 09:27:40 AM »

that looks great! i love the fabric you chose . . . maybe someday i'll finish mine Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2007 09:32:45 AM »

love the fabric!
and well done, it looks great
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« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2007 09:47:04 AM »

I agree this is gorgeous! wheres the pattern from? as soon as these exams are over i'm learning to sew! i would love to make a dress lke that! i agree with direvero tho not sure i could cope with the baby due comments!! ah well! Grin

wonderful job!
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« Reply #7 on: January 18, 2007 10:12:28 AM »

I love it! You're skinny enough to work that fabric, and the red accents are perfect.
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« Reply #8 on: January 18, 2007 12:58:02 PM »

Wonderful job.  The neckline gapes because it is on the bias and maybe you haven't stayed it with stay tape
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« Reply #9 on: January 18, 2007 01:05:58 PM »

I think it's really pretty and flattering. I like the print with the red ribbon combination.
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« Reply #10 on: January 18, 2007 02:01:53 PM »

that is fantastic! I love the print with the reds- it is really unique! I made the same top and it made me look pregnant, so I attached two ties that were about 3 inches wide and 2 feet long at the side seams right below the bust, and it makes it a lot more flattering. great job!
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« Reply #11 on: January 18, 2007 02:56:13 PM »

That is the cutest interpretation of that top I've seen yet and the one that is going to make me sew my own.  I've made the dress (3964) and ended up going down from a size 12 to a size 6, did you find that to be true of this pattern as well?

As for the gaping at the neckline, I agree with educo that it is most likely because of the fabric there being cut on the bias, here's an easy fix for next time or anytime.  That pattern probably has you stay stitch, since the dress pattern had me do that, but when you are staystitching around the neckline or sewing anything to the neckline (facings, collars, etc...) try sewing directionally from the Center Front to the Center Back.  It'll take two swoops to get along the neckline instead of one but it's totally worth the extra turn.
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« Reply #12 on: January 18, 2007 03:43:43 PM »

looks great, and perfect fabric.  necklines always do this, V's are the worst.  I always make necks a little smaller than you would think, the previous techniques are really important, reinforcing that edge.  you can take a little dart in the pattern right there.
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« Reply #13 on: January 18, 2007 04:28:20 PM »

That is really cute! In fact it reminds me of one of my favorite tops, so I might have to make one myself... Is it in the Built by Wendy book? I've been thinking about getting that.
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« Reply #14 on: January 18, 2007 05:53:36 PM »

Oh, I like it alot. It looks super duper comfortable! I would agree with the others and say you should stay-stich the next time. I am in love with shirts like that, but I do have to suck in my tummy when wearing them because of the whole pregnancy thing.
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« Reply #15 on: January 18, 2007 06:51:43 PM »

I absolutely love it! Well done.
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« Reply #16 on: January 19, 2007 02:05:44 AM »

hmm.... it had  iron-on interfacing and i did staystitch it too... maybe it's just gapey because i don't fill it out properly bustwise. damn!

thanks for all the compliments everyone! Cheesy i think this is my favourite thing i've made so far.

snaggletooth: no, i'm normally a 12 in patterns, and the 12 said it was for a 34" bust, so i made the 12... though given the gaping maybe i will try making the 10 next time?

cha.cha.cha: youre right about the sash being flattering. i already have a (bought) top like that, and if I have enough fabric left when i make the next one, i'll add the sash from View A to View B.

ClareDragonfly: No, it's not in her book. it's just Simplicity Pattern 4111 (though i bought that too. i'm a big fan. i find her explanations great for my beginner self, and i appreciate that the styling is a bit more fashionable than most patterns are. makes it more inspiring).



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« Reply #17 on: January 19, 2007 02:22:16 AM »

trust me, it's not the size, it's just because it's on the bias.  Sew U is a great book
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« Reply #18 on: January 22, 2007 01:11:59 PM »

great job....and I LOVE BUILT BY WENDY.  i really like the colors you used!
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« Reply #19 on: February 04, 2007 01:46:11 PM »

I made this same shirt! I like the red detail on yours though! It looks very professional!

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« Reply #20 on: February 04, 2007 01:56:33 PM »

i love the shirt, but like others it would probably make me look prego.
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« Reply #21 on: February 05, 2007 12:56:44 AM »

my god treelove! beforei read your post i thought that photo was a professional shot of a RTW top for sale that LOOKED LIKE mine! beautiful photo and top!

i made another one, too. if you check out my blog (too lazy to post direct link) it's the last entry but one. black and white stripes and tartan this time. and no gaping!
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« Reply #22 on: February 07, 2007 03:28:43 AM »

Both tops look really great, I'm really tempted to start this pattern even though I've yet to finish her other top from the 3964 pattern.
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« Reply #23 on: February 11, 2007 12:20:20 AM »

So cute! I LOVE the fabric you used- it is very fun! I think you made it very well- the neckline looks fine to me. My biggest problem with using patterns is that I don't have as long a torso from collarbone to bust as most patterns denote but I have a longer abdomen, so I usually have to alter mine so maybe it has something to do with personal fit. I think it looks great on you!
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