Tuesday, July 12, 2011

One Pattern Many Looks Challenge and a New Top

Challenge out fit idea 1
What do you do when Pattern Review starts there One Pattern Many Looks Challenge? You start doodling of course. A doodle has become my favorite way to plan an out fit. It doesn't have to look pretty and it doesn't have to be a professional sketch. I have no drawing talent but I at least can take the look from my mind stick it on paper and see if I can get close. 

I decided that Lutterloh Supplement 281 #144 or 145  would be a great canvas to work with. The skirt is easy and adopts quickly to several fabrics and looks.  So the challenge pieces started flowing in my mind. But this blog is not about the skirt it about a new top to go with my challenge piece number one. If you want to know more about the skirt you can here at PR or here at the blog.

Lutterlolh 281 #145 and Lutterloh 277 #101
I love loud bright colors and will wear them year around. I also like clothing that can be layered. This top seem to fit the bill as it can be layered over a tank, cami, turtle neck or t shirt. It can also be the under layer to a cardigan or jacket.
Lutterloh Supplement 277 #101

Pattern Description: 
Basic knit tunic length top with v neck, bust darts and cap or short dolman sleeve.

Pattern Sizing:
Lutterloh is based on your bust and hip measurement. Your pattern is drafted out using these two measurements. So ideally if your bust and hip are 50cm to 140cm the system should work for you. 

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Lutterloh has no instructions.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
This top is one of those that can go from season to season depending on what you add over or under it. The sleeves and the v neck are my favorite parts.
The bust dart. The dart is really located in a place that makes it hard to adjust. Also this is tunic length and just a tad long for that.

Fabric Used:
A rayon ribbed knit I found at Hancock Fabrics. Worth it to try this project but this top really grew.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
The main alteration in this top was trying to move the bust dart so it was really pointing towards the bust instead of the navel. I move my dart up an inch and a half and it still could be moved up more except the bottom of the sleeve is only a ½ away. Not sure how to approach that on the next top.
On this one I used the knit interfacing on the facing pieces. Once attached to the top they were under stitched and then top stitched down about a inch off the edge giving it a nice detail. I also used lace hem binding to stabilize the shoulder seam.
Next top I will also being shorting it by at least 5 inches. If I wore this one un-tucked you would only see about 2 or 3 inches of the bottom of my skirt. Way too long on me. I will also be adjusting the sleeve under arm about 2 or 3 inches to move that bust dart up another inch.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Once I figure out how to deal with the darts I will be making it again.  And yes I do recommend it for others it is a very versatile top.

This is a great little tunic top that can stretch the season and add a little bit of interest to your wardrobe. 


  1. I like the fit that you achieved with this pattern!

  2. Nice top, I like the color on you. You do a good job with the Lutterloh system. I have it too and need to get busy work with it. You inspire me to get busy with it.