Friday, January 8, 2016

Pattern Review: Hot Patterns Fast & Fabulous Shirt-tail T

I've got a review of the Hot Patterns Fast and Fabulous Shirt-tail T's pattern (whew, that's a mouthful, eh?) on the Curvy Sewing Collective



12 comments:

  1. Meg, your review on CSC got me interested in this top for the first time. I've seen it made up before and meh, BUT I really like your version.

    I have a suggestion in response to your comment about the difficulty of a curved, shirt-tail hem. (I always use this kind of hem on the Ts I sew for myself (curvy) and my DC (equally curvy). By echoing the curves of the body, I think it is flattering.) Here's what I do to avoid the wonkiness that results from folding over the curved hem: I face the hem instead of turning it up. No wonkiness. It also adds welcome weight to the bottom of the garment, helping with drape and avoiding DVB (Dreaded Velcro B*tt).

    When doing the faced hem, I stabilize the garment hem area first with 1" fusible knit stabilizer tape (I swear by SewKesey tape). Besides stabilizing, this adds even more weight to the hem. I then apply a 1 3/8" strip of knit fabric (same as garment or contrasting) cut on the stretchiest grain (but not bias - not needed with knits) as a facing, using a 1/4" seam. I Steam-a-Seam the hem facing in place, and topstitch at 1" and 1/4".

    If you try this, I think you will be pleased. (Feel free to copy this post over to the CSC posting.)

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    1. Thanks so much! A hem facing is a great idea- it would be a really neat solution!

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  2. You look great. I love this top on you, Meg.

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    1. Thanks, Inder! I am really in love with it, too. Comfy and kinda cool looking? Yes, please.

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    1. Thanks for a great pattern! Looking forward to making some of your others!

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  4. This looks great on, and you've done a smashing job with stripes both front and back! I always do hem first with a really curved hem once I know what length I'll go with, as it's a bit tricky to ease it under... But as the commenter above mentions facings are a great idea too!

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    1. Thanks, Sarah! Yeah, I should have followed the instructions and done the hem first. Or facings, too, would be the neatest, I think! But I am still going to wear the crap out of this top, slightly wonky hem or not!

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  5. Great T with a pop of pizazz! I also loved the P.J.'s you just posted. I've got the opposite problem... NO butt. I wonder if the pajamas will be "swampy" around my leg? Lodi

    I'm always wondering... I really don't know what my body type is. Medium top, NO butt, HUGE stomach. An orange? What do they call the opposite of hour glass? Maybe you or your readers know.

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    1. Thanks so much, Lodi!

      Hmmm- I'm not sure what you'd call that body type. You should check out this new series over at the Curvy Sewing Collective about sewing for different body shapes: http://curvysewingcollective.com/new-series-sewing-for-trinny-and-susannahs-12-body-shapes/

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  6. Thanks Meg, I'll check that out!

    My Aunt & Uncle (and family) lived in Thailand so I feel a "connection". Maybe you should add Livin' to "Cookin' & Craftin'"



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  7. I love this top, think it would look great colour blocked, maybe a way to use up left over bits not big enough for anything else. I am just about to jump back in the water of clothes sewing after many years away so sick of not being to find anything I like that fits! wish me luck lol

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