- When I've made something before, I'm not sure what else there is to say
- If I don't like the result BUT I've altered the pattern substantially so the issues could be mine (though they're certainly not all mine!). On the other hand, most people do need to alter patterns to fit.
- When others review well, and my result isn't good - am I being too negative? I don't want my blog or reviews to be continually negative. However, I have a feeling that some people don’t review negatively when that might be appropriate.
The first of these was the tank I made for my Blackwood cardigan. At first, I thought it was the changes I made that meant it didn't work. Could be, of course. What did I do? I ended up cutting the tank two sizes smaller than recommended by the pattern, plus narrowed the back of the pattern (and neck) by a couple of inches. The length is irrelevant. I used McCall’s M7322 view A - sleeveless, scoop neck
The tank/shell, however, was excessively baggy and boxy - it would be improved a lot with waist shaping for sure but I'm not going to criticise the pattern for that - I prefer waist shaping for my figure but others don't for theirs. I am going to criticise what must be a HUGE amount of ease - after all, I am a pear/triangle shape with very large hips and I can easily pinch out several inches at the hip, despite this being two sizes smaller than recommended. Now, I've often read of criticism of excess ease when I haven't found that. I've concluded that I like more ease than others. After all it's a personal issue. This is excessive.
I've just thought - did I not review the original? I have photos but too late now!! I had a shortage of fabric length and so made the top a bit shorter than I would have liked.
|Detail of now coverstitched neckline. Maybe part of my issue is that is shows up the scar from cardiac surgery 18 years ago|
|Detail of armhole - not easy to see|
|Side view - my hem edges are a bit wonky as a result of redoing.|
I guess I should have/could have taken off more at this point.
Today, before publishing this post, I did read some reviews - all said too big, too boxy but were not otherwise too critical.
|I love this look!!|
|I didn't realise the top was caught up on my trouser buttons|
|The sleeves are cut back by over 2" but are still a bit long for my taste|
Another issue - when I put on for these photos (my daughter was visiting and took them) I couldn't tell what was the back and what was the front of the top!!
Rather belatedly, I read some reviews and found all reviews saying that the top was too short - many had missed out the side slits (which required a 2 and 3/4" ) hem and simply turned by 5/8". I'm very glad I lengthened by over 2" in the end. The reviews also mentioned narrowing the shoulder length to have the sleeve start at a more favourable position, which would have helped. I didn't see others mention that the markings were incorrect though some mentioned the absence of markings for bustline, waistline etc and the need to 'guess' at a size. Others did not mention too wide a neck so that may be my issue alone.