Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Answering Some Comments

Some paperwork and other not-fun stuff is calling my name which means there won't be any sewing going on here for the next 2-3 days. So, I thought I'd make this post a response to some comments. After that, it might be doggie pics again. ;-)

1. "The neckline is also too wide for you." The neckline itself really isn't too wide fit-wise, but because the shoulders are, the sleeves droop down and pull the neckline out of place. Plus, I need to adjust for square shoulders too, and that will help the back neckline which is also affecting how the front neckline sits. And finally, when I'm holding a camera in the air, the neckline shifts so the pics aren't exactly representative of what things look like without a camera in hand. All of this to say, really, it isn't quite what it appears.

2. "Would you mind explaining just where/how you would put that fusible tape to keep the gathers in place?" I haven't quite fully thought this out yet. When/if I do, I'll take pics. But I'm thinking I'd fuse the tape just over the stitching line, with most of it in the seam allowance, or something like that.

3. "I think the sleeve cap should also have some gathers to balance the cuff gathers." Hmm. No. ;-) I like the style of the sleeve as it is, and with double gathers I think I'll end up looking like a linebacker.

4. "I've been looking at Ottobre 2/07 Top #5." I like that top too, and it may make it to the top of my list. I'm not sure, though, that I want to start from scratch again yet. I'm more inclined to take my TNT pattern and morph it into a vee-necked version of this Diana Mode tee, if I decide to do a vee'd version.

5. "I have this issue at home and in Dutch, which I can read. Want me to have a look for a second opinion on that back facing?" Katharine, that would be great if you have the time. I'm just wondering if there are instructions for what to do with the mark on the pattern, and also curious if the bust dart is mentioned at all?

6. "I will introduce myself and stop lurking, cause I'm hooked on Debbie and her doggers, so I'm always checkin' in." Thanks for de-lurking Laceflower! And thank you for the nice comments (that goes for everyone too).

7. "I've never heard of Diana Mode #23. Is this a magazine? Where can it be seen/found?" DM is a German sewing magazine, like Burda. I believe it's also printed in other European languages, but not English. But that's about all I know. I buy copies on Ebay when I find them.

8. "Can you take a picture of what the sleeve pattern looks like?" Here you go:

9. "And I thought my daughter was unique by buying a $10 plastic pool for the Chihuahuas." LOL! We probably would never have thought about a little doggie pool except there are many at the dog park and Dani and Chili *love* them. They're cheaper here in FL though — $7.99 at Petsmart. ;-)


  1. Nothing wrong with not reinventing the wheel, Debbie. I wouldn't if I didn't have to.

  2. Oops, I forgot to sign my name.

  3. Thank you, Debbie, for answering some of these questions. I believe it was Irina who did a review on the Simplicity scoop neck top who secured the front gathers with a tape (twill?). Maybe that will help?

  4. Hey Deb, I translated the Diana directions on my blog: www.eurasianlocation.wordpress.com They mention adding darts for size 48/50 to improve the silhouette. I like how you sew sleeves in the flat, it's nice to see modern sewing in a European mag. That's unheard-of in Burda & Knip Mode.

  5. Thanks for commenting on our comments! (Which is another reason I so enjoy your blog - you actually respond to we readers!)

  6. Thanks for printing the sleeve pattern. Food for thought.

  7. Commenting on a comment, I agree that Burda needs to update their directions. Of course, they aren't very good anyway!


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