Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Finished Item: S2369

Dress pics and review are coming - promise! I just love it sooo much and think it'll be better served if I take pics on Saturday fully dressed-up. It's such a sweet dress <3

Soooo not like I have any other in progress projects or anything...

I was going to make a knit dress too in case this un-muslined dress didn't work out. S2369 was on the radar and I decided I should make the top first.


This pattern was a PR best of 2010 and now I know why!!


I rough cut the paper pattern on Sunday, ironed it out Monday morning and cut it out Monday afternoon. From cut pattern to hemming was about 2.5 hours. And that was with me having to put it on my dress form thirty-seven times to ensure I was stitching everything correctly. I consider this a quick project!


No swayback adjustment needed!!

There's a little extra fabric at the bottom of the wrap. I could've stretched it out while hemming...I'll pay attention to that next time.

The wrap

Pleats are made then the strap is attached. I -heart- the pleats!
 

This last pic is kind of washed out but you can see the details a little better. Sorry for the bathroom selfies...I was too excited to wait for "real" pics! :)

I decided to cut a size 16 (14 at the neckline/shoulders/top of the raglan sleeves); the finished bust was 39" and I am 39.5". Because I was leery of it being tight, I used 1/2" seams at the back and sides. I think this was a great idea. It fits very nicely and skims the body.

Construction isn't hard...but I've gotten to a point where I just go forward and yeah...this is one where it makes more sense to follow the directions. I swear I pinned this thing to Lily like a thousand times to ensure I wasn't messing up. I even sewed lots of seams on the sewing machine instead of going straight for the serger! I know! ME! :)

I love the fit. Love. Love. Love. I love the wrap. It is not revealing at all. I left the band "out" because I didn't want to show cleavage. But I like it better folded in (like a facing?) and will do that next time.

I was nervous about the flutter sleeve but it really works! I think it's cute on me.

There are no real dislikes; just that the ties are way too long for the top; but that's a preference and is easily changed. I mean, it's tied in a bow and there's a foot of extra tie!  Oh and it's tunic length. I didn't want a tunic so I shortened the pattern 2 inches.

Shortening it in the flat pattern stage was a must because holy cow did I just squeak by with my 1.5 yards of fabric! Whew!! The pattern calls for 1 7/8 I believe for the size 16 and it is needed. It was a little dicey there for a minute and one of my sleeves had to be cut single layer to ensure I could fit it in!

Got a pic!


30 comments:

  1. LOVE the top!!! It looks great on you! I have that fabric in a purple color and I'm too afraid to cut it, lol. I am in love with the blue too!

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    1. Thanks Kristin! ooooh make something with it!!!! :)

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  2. Super cute! Love the fabric you chose, and you are owning those sleeves! I made a dress and a top out of this pattern a while ago - I too was worried about the volume of the sleeves - but I wear the top all the time. Like way too much all the time. I don't wear the dress as often only because it looks a bit too nice to wear to out and about (which is hilarious because the fabric was actually super cheap). Seeing yours makes me want to pull out my old pattern again...

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    1. We should all parade around in our S2369's! lol!!

      I'm going to make the dress. I'm sold!

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  3. I love this top on you!! I have this same pattern, and never sewed it up. Patterns that make PR Best sure don't lie!

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  4. I like it--I like it! The fabric too! A great top or dress. I think I have this pattern--gotta go look for this. You know, this could work for cooler weather too.

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  5. I love this top, now I really must get this pattern :)..

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  6. The top looks great! I love the print, and it fits beautifully on you. You totally need to make this dress!

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  7. That's a very flattering top on you - much better than your daughter's raglan shape! This really works for you. The dress will too.

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  8. I love,love it.. This top looks so good on you.. Just perfect..

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  9. Gorgeous top in beautiful colors!

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  10. This looks great on you! I made the dress version with the flutter sleeves a good while ago, but I have to say that it was not that flattering on me;)

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  11. Very flattering top. Well done for finding a cross over pattern where the front does not gap

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  12. Great looking top. The color is perfect for you.

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  13. Very pretty and glad there will be a "next time"!

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  14. that turned out great! can't wait to see your dress, I did this pattern in the dress as well but it needs tweaking, on the ties, the patterns not clear as to how to give a good finished look where it attaches where it's gathered
    Helen

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  15. This is really beautiful on you. Lovely shape and fit.

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  16. I am glad I stopped by and read this post. This pattern (and fabric, mind you) keep staring at me when I go through my stash every now and again. It's taunting me, I tell you. I purchased said fabric and pattern at a different time in my life (single and other things). I have since changed and gained weight and am just not sure if it'll work for me. Not to mention I am sure I purchased it all when I lived up North. I am not feeling the poly knit fabric in this semi-tropical heat.

    Then again, I could do the top as you did (though I really wanted the dress; need to shore up my dress wardrobe).

    Thank you for your share. It is beautiful on you.

    Cheers,

    Lyric
    http://www.sewcroandquilt.wordpress.com

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  17. Love it! I made this same top pre-blog (3-4 years ago) and I love it. Have always meant to make another, but have never gotten around to it. I've also pondered using my one cut of silk jersey to make the dress version of it...

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  18. This is so flattering on you. You even made it in my color! I can see why this was such a highly rated pattern.

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  19. The fabric and the style of the top looks super on you! Great job! I have this pattern too but haven't had the chance to try it yet. You have inspired me to look at the pattern again.

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  20. What a lovely top! Great fabric choice and the shape really suits you.

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