“It’s a fine line between being fashionable and looking like you can’t dress yourself properly.”
This damning quote came not from some enfant terrible of Brit fashion but from my own DH who during a quiet moment in a waiting room took a leaf through my Pattern Magic Stretch, saw this and laughed out loud:
DH paused thoughtfully then said, “that would look good on really skinny people.”
Well I made it anyway Here:
How to Make
1. Shrink the stretch bodice front pattern to 65% of original size
2. Enlarge the back to 135%.
3 Gather the back with ease stitches and sew to the front.
4 You may then use cuffs, waistband and neckband to finish.
I used my Renfrew pattern, now I know it fits me, and included sleeves as I didn’t fancy the kimono style in the book – too much excess in the armpits! One advantage to using the Renfrew pattern is that it includes seam allowances (though not on the sleeve which I cut in half at the shoulder then added the SA). Once the front and back were sewn together, the original-sized Renfrew cuffs, neckband and waistband fit the new T perfectly.
Tip: I recommend using a copier with an A3 bed, i.e. one large enough for naked drunks to sit on at office parties… oh how I miss abusing work facilities! Doing it piecemeal on an A4 machine was the only time consuming part to this project.
Two Peas in a Pod is an ideal Pattern Magic project if you’re in a hurry, especially if you have a TNT stretch pattern that you can quickly shrink and enlarge.
The nicest design features, in my opinion, are the ruching on the inner side and the horseshoe neckline. The downside? Well, I have a sneaking suspicion that the shrunken front appears under a certain glare like a tiny person – my inner teeny dancer if you like – waiting to get out.
If ever it does, I’ll stamp on it!