25.8.11

The sum of the parts

This is one of those projects made up using a pattern that I wasn't sure I liked, in combination with a fabric that I was not sure whether or not I liked.  And guess what?  I've ended up with a  shirt that I'm not sure whether or not I like.




I bought the pattern because I wanted to see the construction, as I am thinking of making a bikini with a twist front.  The pattern is Butterick 4789.

I should qualify that I did like the fabric, but the print repeat was  not placed as I wanted for the original project.  That is one of the pitfalls of buying on-line.  If you were in the store, you could say, actually, add on 50 cm so I can include that bit of the repeat.



I didn't read the reviews at PR (all 35 of them!) before I made the top (because I cut it out the day the fabric arrived, whilst watching the Ita Buttrose Australian Story).  I later saw that there was quite a bit of discussion regarding the fit and the "wad" of fabric below the twist.  My two cents is that bustier women look good with a close fit, but flat chested gals, like myself, look better with a looser fit, allowing the fabric to drape, as a feature (given that there is no cleavage to feature!).  Each to their own, of course.  I remember similar grumbles about the fit of another Butterick twist top I made.

I cut a Sz 14, instead of my usual 12, because I was being lazy about the cutting and thought that I could make adjustments later.  Well, I didn't make any adjustments, not even my almost-always-required forward shoulder adjustments, so I am wondering if, being a designer pattern, the standard sloper was not used and a forward shoulder had already been included in the design?.

16 comments:

  1. I think it's brilliant! I really like the way you've cut the fabric, the colours are gorgeous, and there is lots of interest going on, but not too much. Actually the more I look at it the more I love it!

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  2. Looks good to me. And I love the way the blue makes it work with jeans. I'm also small busted (though sometimes cheat with a boost bra) and the twist tops can work well I think to enhance what's there.

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  3. This is a very pretty top-the fabric is interesting and the design is cool. I like the twist and the way you cut the fabric to play up the motif. If you still are ambivalent, a giveaway???

    You have made some good points about fit and small busted women. I am small busted also, and prefer a draped or loose look on top. I'm also short, and emphasizing my bust just makes me look shorter.

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  4. Really lovely top. You really did a great job using the fabric print to best advantage with the style of the garment. I love how the light sripes come up from the twist and go out over the shoulders.

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  5. I am also a big fan of this - you look great!

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  6. It's great! I really like the placement of the stripes. Looks nice with the necklace, too.

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  7. I think this top looks amazing on you and I really love the fabric.

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  8. I hope you end up liking this. I really like the print and I think it looks fantastic on you. Plus greens are my favorite color group!

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  9. Beautiful top and you always have the best jewelry!

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  10. I'm not sure why you think you might not like this totally fabulous top; I love it! It looks just amazing on you, and I think the print has turned out beautifully situated over the design.

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  11. I am with everyone else - it looks great! The colours are great on you and the style is working for you.

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  12. I think it's a great top. I really like how the interesting fabric with stripes works with the twist.

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  13. I think it's a great top. The crazy pattern really adds an interest factor. Goes great with the necklace too.

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  14. It looks pretty good to me. I like the fabric, but agree mistakes can be made with online fabric purchases.

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  15. I love it! You've done a great job.

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  16. This is a really clever use of fabric -- I like it!

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