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Knit Top Front

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Plus-Size Pattern Fitting & Design taught by Barbara Deckert

Plus-size women deserve cute clothes! Learn how to make comfortable and flattering garments with Barbara Deckert, author of Sewing for Plus Sizes.

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Category Sewing
Type Clothing
Sizing Plus-sized
Style Casual
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What materials did you use? Knit fabric

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What are you most proud of? Completion and a wearable top.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? This top has quite a wide neck, next time I would totally bring that in somewhat. I don't like my bra strap just hanging out all the time. The pleats at the front were tricky and I redid them a dozen times to get them to look OK. I did a full bust adjustment and added different sleeves than are on the pattern. The facing around the neckline would not co-operate at all and I ended up understitching and then topstitching it and then cutting the facing about 3/4 inch wide. Then I used a fusible web to "tack" down the slashed/clipped portions of that facing so that it would not flip up. I used a twin needle to hem the bottom and sleeves. Turned out nice enough. It is comfy to wear and easy to take care of - machine wash and hang to dry. I do have a serger as well and didn't end up needing a lot of info from the Sewing with Knits class, but I did learn some techniques (like the twin needle) and it was interesting enough. The BD class is the one I love though because it gave me the confidence to try this kind of thing!

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Great and very confortable, I belive.

01/25/2013 Flag

Very nice !!!! :)

01/27/2013 Flag

Your top is lovely - great fabric too.

02/12/2013 Flag

very nice and perfect fit well done you

04/07/2013 Flag

That looks great! I love the sleeves you made (WAY better than the ones on the pattern!). Did you draft them yourself, or are they from a particular pattern? I'd love to make a shirt like yours. Great print, too.

08/11/2013 Flag

Thanks for your comments :) I can't remember exactly, but I believe I used the free download pattern from Burda "BS-027 Kristen Plus Variation Sleeve" (only the sleeve, I did not buy the pattern) and just played with it until I got it the right width and length that I wanted, as well as the right size for the armhole, of course :) If you make this pattern, do check the size of the neck opening. I noted on the pattern that I'd like to reduce it just a tad next time so I don't show quite as much cleavage when leaning forward :)

08/11/2013 Flag