Posted by Mimi on 31st Jul 2013
I have made 2 dresses and one t shirt in this pattern. Really easy and lovely style! I used my full bust size (42) sz (16). This style does run a bit large. I could probably size down to a 12-14. I think I will next time. I plan to make several tunics for the fall/winter. Even with the extra ease room my garments are still very flattering. The trickiest thing about this pattern is the neck band. It is supposed to be smaller than the opening. No problem there. But with knits that roll at the edges as you stretch them, it is a PITA. Go slow. Mark the CF of your neckband too. Match the CB seam in the back and the CF mark to the CF. Gives you an idea as you are working how much stretching you need to do. The end result is lovely.
Posted by Sue on 9th Jul 2013
This top is so flattering on my pear shape body.It lays prettily, skips over my belly and lays nicely at hip length (I made the top, which was plenty long). I always alter patterns so it was easy to recut the chest size 22 to hips a size 26. The neck band was a little short as Donna reviewed but I liked the highness just landing at my collar bone which flatters smaller chests. I did not band the arms because it looked so nice almost like flutter sleeves. A warning, do not expect the Free Download Hot Patterns to be as well designed. I made the Flutter-by Tank Top in size 24 and it was way too small, had to throw it away.
Posted by Donna wicks on 26th May 2013
Fit is great except that the piecevforvthe neckline band is way too short. I did cut it on the fold and in case u made a mistake i rechecked it several times. Has anyone else had this problem?
Posted by Ann on 16th Sep 2012
I am completely blown away at how flattering this style is. My body shape is rectangular, but this pattern is cut so well that it gave me curves in all the right places. I made the tunic length version.
The gathering in the center front uses a hidden placket to hold the gathering precisely in place. I had never seen technique before and was amazed at how well it works.
The shoulder and the sleeves fit me perfectly. I take a 12 in RTW and made the 12 in the pattern with no adjustments. The only thing that I didn't do was use the hem facing piece, but after making it, I can see why it was included. The hem flares out at the center front, and using a facing piece would make it lay nicer.
I didn't use as much fabric as was called for. For the size 12, I was able to get it on 1-5/8 yards.
This is my second Hot Pattern and completely sold. I love the sizing.
Posted by Unknown on 2nd Apr 2012
I've make two tops so far, fabric for the third is in the dryer. It's crazy-flattering, covers up enough at the neckline for work and makes a nice little t for jeans. Once it warms up a bit I'll make a dress. This is a really nice pattern!
Posted by Michelle on 18th Aug 2011
This is a really easy, fast to sew pattern that produces great results. I've only made the top so far, but it has shaping in all of the right places and is very flattering. I plan to make the top several more times and want to try making the dress as well. (The top only took a few hours to complete.)
I'm not great at getting my gathers even in my sewing projects, but this pattern has a guide piece with multiple notches to help evenly distribute your gathers. I'm very happy with how they look in the finished top.
I'm looking forward to sewing this again trying some of the other design options.
Posted by Judy Phelps on 15th Aug 2011
I made the dress in a matte jersey from my stash intended to be a muslin to perfect the fit. Except for shortening the dress, it fit right out of the envelope! I cut an 18 in the shoulders/neck area and a 22 in the body. I am 5'4" and I ended up shortening the dress 6 inches so the front hem is just below my knees.
I love this dress! It feels great to wear and I think it is very flattering on me! I'm finishing a second dress in a better matte jersey, but I will wear both! I will also be making the top with the longer sleeves for fall.
Here's my review at PatternReview.com http://sewing.patternreview.com/cgi-bin/readreview.pl?readreview=1&reviewnum=66383