Monday, April 16, 2007

Sewing Workshop Japonesque top

Reviewed by:Ann Smith
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Posted on:11/29/03 6:39 PM
Last Updated:11/30/03 1:49 AM
Pattern Size:Regular
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Pattern Information provided by Ann Smith

Pattern Description: The Japonesque Top is a very loose-fitting, asymmetric top or jacket with extended shoulders and an optional floating pocket on the lower right back. Here is the back view with the floating pocket. The top closes with tabs and buttons which can be adjusted or eliminated to create a different look.

Pattern Sizing: S-M-L (8-18) all included

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? It looks like the line drawing but the figure sketch makes it look more fitted. It is not fitted. I guess if you used a very drapey fabric that clung to the body it would look more like the figure on the envelope.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Instructions are clear with a good description of mitering the corners.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? Unusual look yet not radical and it is quick to make. My only dislike is the oversize part (see below).

Fabric Used: Cotton/linen reversible Critter print from Christine Jonson

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: I made a wearable muslin many years ago and finally got around to making it out of a favored fabric. I liked the fit on the early version but this fabric seems to have more body and doesn't drape as well. Consequently when I sewed it up I felt that it was way too big. I took in the shoulders and underarm seams a lot but feel it is still a bit big. Partially this is due to my eye being trained to the current more fitted look but also the fabric is just not as drapey as I would like.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I have made this twice and I may make it again. I have seen it made using two right fronts for a very different look. Yes, I recommend it.

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