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Sewing for ME! ...and a simple Pattern "Up-Sizing" Method.

I already told you about the dreadful state of my wardrobe...it feels so good to be doing something about it!   Last week I made a few pairs of new pants, and this morning I finished this draped cowl Tunic...shown here with a "vintage" necklace that totally hides one of my neck scars :) 

The pattern I used for this top is my absolute favorite cowl pattern, Ottobre Design (Woman) issue 02/09, #5. However,  I have "up-sized" since I last made one of these, so I needed to "up-size" the pattern.  I didn't need to change much in the back, but I needed to add more room in the front. So, since this is a simple pattern for knit fabrics with a cut-on facing...my options for accomplishing this could be much less 'textbook' than if I was making changes to a pattern designed for woven fabrics.

So, here is what I did..to the Front of the tunic only--

I just moved the Center Front about 1" away from the fold of the fabric, and cut straight across at the top edge, and at the hem edge.  That's it!  

Now I had a front garment piece that gave me the 2" of extra room I needed for the "extra" that exists on my front at the moment ;)   Adding that extra width also made the cowl a little deeper...a side-effect I happen to like. 

Doing a "quickie" pattern alteration  like this worked for me because this is a simple knit silhouette.  Standard pattern alteration methods are best when you need to Up-Size a more complicated style, especially when designed for woven fabrics.

SEWING NOTES-- Fabrics shown were purchased at www.GorgeousFabrics.com  Ottobre Patterns can be found at www.OttobreDesign.com

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Blogger fourkid said...

What a beautiful top! The fabric in the pattern picture is different than the finished top - that must mean you are on to a second top? I have done that tip before. It works well with certain styles of patterns, and for elastic waist skirts. I feel so relieved seeing you use it too - lol.
Enjoy your new, beautiful clothes!

1:17 PM  
Blogger Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

I make this simple alteration all the time! Your top looks fantastic and I'm sure it will wear wonderfully!

3:53 PM  
Blogger Linda T said...

How easy that was! That fabric is so pretty. I want some of it!

4:15 PM  
Blogger Dilliander said...

This looks lovely Pam, beautiful style and fabric.

4:47 PM  
Blogger Lorelle said...

Your top looks beautiful.

4:58 PM  
Anonymous Toby Wollin said...

I do a variation of that, which is that to accommodate my, ahem, ass-ets, I swing the bottom edge out a little wider than the top edge to give me the extra room I need down there.

6:25 PM  
Blogger Pam~Off The Cuff ~ said...

Hi Carolyn and Toby...

Yes, this little simple method comes in handy, doesn't it?

Toby...I've used it for my "assets" pattern piece too, just as you describe! I was going to show it along with the front adjustment, but I was leery of the criticism I *know* I'd get in comments for daring to "skew" a grain-line (it's happened before and I am not in the mood to defend my methods;).

8:13 PM  
Blogger Bunny said...

Great top! I am so glad you got to make some things for yourself. This is really nice.

9:06 PM  
Blogger Irene said...

What a lovely top! Isn't it wonderful when you can make a "quick and dirty" alteration and it all works out well.

9:24 PM  
Blogger Handmade said...

Great top - looks stylish and comfy!

1:17 AM  
Blogger MushyWear said...

A very pretty top and it looks perfect with your necklace.

1:23 AM  
Blogger Joan said...

Great looking top and great tip, which I have used from time to time on both my clothes and on kids clothes. Re: criticism of your methods, I'm amazed that people would post any. You've shared some wonderful ideas, and if a method works, well, it works! I'm going to see if I can fudge this cowl neckline idea onto one of my existing patterns to make some vacation clothes quickly. I leave next Saturday, so time to get a moving.

10:07 AM  
Blogger Pam~Off The Cuff ~ said...

Hi Joan...I didn't mean to sound so defensive about criticism. I enjoy healthy debate and I encourage it...and I never mind answering questions when I post a method, tutorial, etc.

My threshold for criticism is just a bit low these days...for personal reasons ;)

10:57 AM  
Anonymous ellie swanson said...

I really like this top - I've always made it s/less but you've inspired me to try long sleeves for a cute wintery look.
I always say easy is best, why labour if you don't have to?!
Thanks for a great blog Pam!


2:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Really nice waterfall cleavage shirt. I love them too and they are really quick done.

4:05 AM  

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