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From: Patty22
Date: 09-25-2006, 09:03 AM (1 of 4)
I splurged a couple weeks ago (it was when the site was down and I was filling my time because of forum withdrawal) and purchased a few Silhouettes patterns.

I made the Mani's blouse #675
out of a black/tan herringbone denim. Although this is a blouse, I am going to use it as a blouse/light jacket over turtlenecks.

Not only did this go together from cutting to sewing on the buttons in less than two hours, the fit is wonderful. I need to digress and add that I am a 36DDD(f) cup - [and this is AFTER a breast reduction]. Besides adding 1 1/4" in length to most patterns I am really doing major alterations in the bust area. However when I do this, many designs aren't flattering.

Peggy's patterns, besides being adjust for different cup sizes, have sleeves that are more comfortable. She has incorporated ease in just the right places. You pick your pattern size according to the finished size you want your garment to be in the bust and waist - not according to your measurements.

Below is a link to a blouse/jacket that I made of asomewhat similiar design. This was a Vogue 7281 by Sandra Betzina
This was made of a cotton broadcloth. The sleeves don't fit as nicely and I really should have added more ease in the bust area.

What is really nice about Peggy's patterns is someone learning to sew could put this together and be very successful in having a well tailored garment. There isn't a chance of not understanding the diagrams or instructions. Also, the patterns are so easy that they can allow the home sewer to add personal touches and be creative. I can't wait to remake this blouse in a corduroy.

I have been converted to Silhouettes patterns and I hope anyone reading this who has had trouble with the bust area to consider checking out her designs.
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Member since: 03-29-2006
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From: MaryW
Date: 09-25-2006, 09:13 AM (2 of 4)
Patty, that is a really good review of the pattern, thanks! I have that same SB pattern to try. My problem is the opposite to yours, lack of bustline. :cry:

There are a lot of different pattern companies that say they address specific fitting issues, it's nice to know this one really does what they say.
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User: MaryW
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From: AndreaSews
Date: 09-29-2006, 09:14 PM (3 of 4)
Great pattern review, Patty! I'm glad to hear that her patterns are so well-done. I attended a short course give by Peggy Sagers last year at a sewing expo. She is dynamic and a very good instructor of useful techniques, particularly in garment-fitting. Some instructors at the expo were more show&tell artists, hocking their wares but not really offering new information. Ms Sagers really offers a lot of value. I'd love to take one of her weekend courses one day!
User: AndreaSews
Member since: 02-18-2005
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From: MartySews
Date: 09-30-2006, 05:05 PM (4 of 4)
Thank you for the pattern review. I just received my first Peggy Sagers patterns in the mail today. One is a "Stephanie" blouse and the other is her "Swing Dress" pattern. With your inspiration, I'll be making some blouses and hopefully a nice new dress for the holidays.
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