May 3, 2014

SURPLICE: i.e.

having a diagonally overlapping neckline or closing.
I don't know exactly why I'm attracted to this design, but I am; it just doesn't seem to work out for me fit wise.   But....... every now and then I give it a try again.   Aggggg! when I learn?, or am I just a glutton for punishment?

Last year it was this pattern.  Not in love with the top I made but I do wear it because I love the fabric.

This week I decided to try a different version of another pattern I used last spring
Last year I made 2 of view F.  This time I opted for view C.  About this pattern, first of all I DID NOT understand the part of the instructions on how to construct the ruched side of the top.  Just made up my own way to get the top finished.  I also forgot that the racer arm shape is really severe.  I did use Myra's directions to raise the neckline 1 1/2" to keep the front from being far too low cut.  That worked out fine, but I'm still not 100% satisfied with the surplice design.  Guess it's just not for me.  I will wear this top as well, because again I'm in love with the colors and print of the fabric. 
What's being stitched in your sewing room this weekend???

9 comments:

  1. That is a pretty fabric. Sorry it didn't workout as you planned.

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  2. I am on the fence about surplice tops too. If they can make me look a little more "endowed" then good, but some of them only seem to emphasize my lack of curves.

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  3. Aww. Hope you fall in love with it later. It's so pretty!

    I'm working on the Lady Skater for me teen and a top for me. About 80% done with both

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  4. I love surplice tops and the fabric you used is pretty. Hoping that a few wears will make you love it.

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  5. I love the fabric you used. Surplices never work for me either, but I really like them.

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  6. I like surplice tops too and your fabric is gorgeous.

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  7. I'm not sure if I just accidentally posted - I was saying this was pretty, and I hope you can wear it. I just don't even bother with surplice tops - I think you have to be quite curvy to stretch them out.

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  8. You are not alone, Faye. I have never been able to comfortably wear this style, even if it looks like it fits. I always feel like it is deciding whether to go under or over one boob and it just doesn't feel right. I don't try it anymore and totally understand why you wouldn't either.

    The other style that is horrendous on me is a bias garment. They just don't work. Sometimes we have to move on, despite trends, and work with what works for us in more on trend fabrics.

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  9. Pretty top and I know what you mean about surplice tops. I can't get them to work for me either. I once made a dress like that and wore it to a function and men kept staring at my chest. At my age ,I don't want that kind of attention so I gave the dress to my DD and never tried the surplice again.
    Faye, thank you so much for replying to my question about the vertical lines on my yoga pant. I tried a deeper curve to the front crotch and it solved the problem. I do want to pick up the Palmer /Pletch pant fitting book though.

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