My gray top is made from two different reversible fabrics. The solid, quilted fabric is a cotton poly blend with thin batting between the layers. The print fabric is a rayon poly blend with stripes on one side and dots on the other. These fabrics both have stretch but the thinner, print fabric has a lot more than the heavier quilted fabric. This may have been the reason I had problems with rippling when I sewed these together. I left off the top stitching to avoid any further distortion of the seams.
Although I'm pleased with my extra warm version of this top I think next time I would try it in all one fabric like velour or a ponte knit.
As I mentioned this pattern is rather oversized. I fit mine as I sewed and found the silhouette to be unflattering when sewn as the pattern was intended. I ended up serging off all the seam allowance that was added and then serged off another 1/4" to 1/2" on each of the seams again. You likely noticed that my version is longer than the model's too. I added my usual half inch to the bodice pieces and then an extra two inches to the bottom. The last change was to exchange the funnel neck opening for a hood. I used a hood pattern from a top with a similarly open neckline and this fit just fine.
Finally, we have our very first pattern review on one of the dress styles from the Lutterloh pattern classes we held at our stores last month. Catherine has made up this classic stylish shift dress (Lutt. patt #03) in our beautiful Japanese 100% cotton weave ‘Osaka Orange’ – there were only slight tweeks Catherine needed to make to the pattern after her initial fitting, like taking in a bit more on the side seams at the hip to hem and pinching out a bit of extra gape at the neckline. I know Catherine was very pleased with the end result….and looked fabulous when she wore this into our Chatswood store a couple of weekends ago – she paired the dress back with a great pair of peep-toe flats in the perfect burnt-orange and navy and this little bolero jacket – modified from McCalls pattern 5106. Obviously omitting the collar and shortening the sleeves, and body to sit just on the
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