As I mentioned last week, I pattern-tested for Jenny again, making her Split-Neck Raglan Top. It's so cute! I, for lack of time, kept the neckline of my shirt rounded instead of the cute v-split she shows, but I still think the top is great. She includes 3 sleeve lengths, different finishing ideas, and lengths for petite, regular, and tall hem-lengths.
One thing about pattern testing, is that you don't always come out with the perfect fit. As Jenny is teeny-tiny herself, she has to use formulas and experience to know how big to size up a pattern for each gain in size and sometimes, it just doesn't' work right. I'm a consistent large-medium or smaller-large, meaning my measurements call for a large, but I can often wear a medium with no trouble.
So on this pattern, I cut just larger than the medium lines knowing that the top was not fitted so I'd have a little extra room. But it ended up being too large for my taste. Chris said it looked fine, but I felt like I was wearing a scrub top. A beautiful one, but still... It just wasn't quite what I wanted.
So I played around with some ideas to bring in the width and tighten the neckline up a bit. I'd have loved to do pintucks across the front, but really didn't want to take the bias binding all the way off the neckline to pin-tuck it and then put it all back on again. ;)
I decided to go with a simple pleat to just bring it in a bit. I actually took both sides in a good inch, removing about 2 inches from the neckline and probably could have adjusted a little more, but I feel like this is good enough for now.
|This is me with no makeup, & wet hair from the shower--see what I do for y'all! :)|
The shirt is still a bit large everywhere for my taste, but it's done and I think it's going to stay that way. I think it'll look great under a cardigan all fall & winter, and it's so light that it'll work perfect now for these steamy days we're still having.
The fabric is a Kaffe Fasset voile I bought a few years back to make a dress with. I finally got around to said dress this summer before our Bahamas trip and ended up hating it. I couldn't just toss such pretty fabric, so I re-purposed it for this top. It's so buttery and light. A joy to wear.
Jenny has taken the pattern in quite a bit to tighten up the neckline and width and the pattern is now for sale if you're interested. I get no profit from telling you about her patterns, she's just a great person who makes easy-to-follow and cute patterns for women and kids and I love to spread the word about things & people I think are great.
So, have you ever pattern-tested? What were your results? Have you ever tested/made something that came out just awful? What did you do? Toss it? Fix it? Re-purpose it?