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« on: March 26, 2007 06:36:10 PM »

this is my first successful attempt at following a real pattern. i used the oh so famous Built By Wendy 4111 pattern. i loved the cut of the pattern...although it looks a tad bit boxy on me. i may try it again with a lighter fabric. i actually had to cut the pattern twice (i bought two). the first time i cut it at size 8, second time was a 12. the 12 fit perfect...i'm much bigger than i thought. Smiley it's a tad low without the undershirt, but i like the layered look. i added a thinner strap on the back to make it look a little slimmer. i also shortened the sleeves by about 4"-5". the buttons are just sewn on to the front. there was no real need to make button holes because the neck of the shirt is so large as it is.

anyway, here it is:

front view. it's a pink and brown plaid fabric. it's rather thick...

back view. i added my own thinner strap to pull back the sides a tad.

close up. i attached my "fake buttons"...no button holes.  Grin

i thought the elastic under the chest was going to be a LOT harder, but i had no trouble at all!

any suggestions on making the sides slimmer without ripping my shirt off as it sucks to my body....please let me know. maybe a more stretch fabric would do the trick.

thanks for looking!
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« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2007 07:15:17 PM »

I LOVE that shirt...I may have to try it. although I've only ever made one thing from a pattern cause I don't know how to sew very well...or read patterns very well!b Cheesy

« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2007 07:21:04 PM »

 I think it's cute as is! I can't tell from the pictures, but if the piece under the empire waist is separate from the bodice you could try cutting that lower portion on the bias. This would give it some more drape and maybe a little stretch, too, for a slimmer fit. I haven't ever tried this with a pattern, hopefully a more advanced seamtress will correct me if that won't work.
« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2007 07:54:04 PM »

I really like this pattern.  I've wanted to try it for myself.  And- all sewing patterns tend to be small- Built By Wendy's especially so...

« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2007 09:12:13 PM »

I love how your top came out. I just bought this pattern recently and haven't had a chance to make it yet, I need to find the right fabric.

« Reply #5 on: March 27, 2007 10:50:39 AM »

thanks for your comments! i'm so thrilled that it came out well enough for me to wear! i did a lot of research and read about this top in every built by wendy post on craftster!! i was actually surprised it fit! haha.  Grin i can't wait to start my next piece of clothing. Smiley thanks again.

« Reply #6 on: March 27, 2007 11:10:36 AM »

Wow - love that top! The material is lush! Good job!  I've never made any item of clothing ever, now I have been given a sewing machine it is my plan to start lol.

I finally made a wist: http://www.wists.com/NorthernScum
« Reply #7 on: March 27, 2007 12:11:41 PM »

« Reply #8 on: March 27, 2007 01:59:31 PM »

wow I LOVE the pattern!
About the size...Generally pattern sizes are smaller than normal sizes so its better to measure before cutting out the pattern. I learned the hard way, too.  Tongue
« Reply #9 on: March 27, 2007 02:04:30 PM »

why is it that i wear a small to medium in shirts normally, but i'm a size 12 in these patterns? i understand that this is the norm...but what sizing standards are they going off of? I've heard from some that they may be using UK sizes? does anyone know?  Huh

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