Neue Mode 22384

nm22384frontThis pattern is OOP, but I was able to order Fall 2002 from The Sewing Place. I wasn’t able to check http://sullivans.net; they’ve changed the website and aren’t showing Neue Mode patterns anymore.

Pattern Description:
Fitted (bust darts and back darts) wrap top with 3 sleeve options and front ruffle option. I chose view C: short sleeves, no ruffles, buttons.

Pattern Sizing: 10-20
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Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Not really. The pattern calls for button loops, but the picture shows buttonholes. I suppose I could have made the holes, but I like to follow the directions the first time.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes. I was concerned that I would have to dig thru several different language directions, but it was very easy to find and follow the English directions, and, unlike Burda, I didn’t find any funny or weird translations in the directions. The pictures were good, too.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Bad I thought the top was tucked in in the pictures, but it’s not. It stops at the waist which isn’t an option for me right now. I’m too tubby there. So it was too short to be wearable by me. I don’t like the button loops.

Good It came out very pretty.
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Fabric Used:
Light weight, loose weave rayon/acetate blend from Joann’s clearance section ($1/yd). It was almost gauze like. Light blue in color with red flowers and green stems and leaves. Even tho the bolt says dry clean only, I have found these fabrics to be washable in cold, hang dry. They have wonderful drape and are soft and comfortable.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
I graded the pattern up, lowered the dart, and increased the dart 2 sizes. I guessed that the dart was a C cup because Neue Mode is a European pattern, but the Young Collection in BIG RED letters on the front of the envelope should have clued me in that the cup size was a B. So I didn’t get the cup size right.

It really didn’t fit me. I think my bodyshape has changed. I used to be a large size, but similar to smaller women, so I could just grade up. After this last baby, I’ve found that I need more room in the waist and upper arm than regular sized patterns allow.

After my alterations, the top was too big across the shoulders and bust even tho the darts were too small, and too small in the waist and upper arms.

I added a peplum. I figured this top is a wadder, so why not experiment. The peplum came out pretty good. I used a circle with inner radius of 10 inches and outer radious of 20 inches. I picked those numbers out of the air after asking for some input at a couple of sewing forums. I was pleased with the peplum.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Well, it’s not a good pattern for me, but it’s a very pretty blouse. I think someone who still has her waist would look great in it.

Conclusion
Very pretty, but not for me.

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