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When someone says Japanese Patterns, I don’t need much incentive to dive into my library and make up a pattern I have been meaning to try.  This voluptuous top had me from the moment I opened my Pattern Magic book when it arrived last year, volume on top, yes I need that!  Then The Sew Convert made up two glorious versions in scuba knit, and the next thing I know this gorgeous weighty double knit arrived from Jen and I could ignore it no longer, the pattern had to be made!full moon

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Full Moon Setacular

Pattern: Pattern Magic Stretch – Full Moon (the link is where I get my Japanese Pattern books from, happy to bulk order for people in Perth, postage is pretty good and prices are much cheaper than the usual channels).  The skirt was simply draped.

Fabric: Double sided knit kindly swapped with Jen for some winter weights that I had an oversupply of

Green Notes: Winning! And I hope Jen is winning too : )

Ease: Easy

See Also: You have to check out The Sew Convert’s versions and Carolyn’s version

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Tidbits: Pattern Magic is a self drafting book which gives you an outline of how to set up your pattern, this pattern is simple two circles on top of one another with cuts out for the waist, head and arms.  I altered the pattern here and there to suit my height, and I used my recently made bathing suit to get the arm hole shape I wanted.

The skirt was fashioned by draping it on my body and marking where I wanted to sew.  Probably a little simpler if I had a dummy to help me out but I ended up settling on keeping the shape rectangular so it was smooth sailing really.

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I wasn’t sure how to finish the edges at first but ended up simply folding them under on the top, and adding a row of stitching to hold the raw edge of the skirt in place.  I added a ribbed waist band to the top of the skirt.

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Lessons: Confession.  When hemming this lady I was having a hell of a time getting things to stitch right.  I ended up having a sad with my machine and took it back to the service center who promptly pulled out my needle and said it was in backwards.  Um, sheepish tail between legs as I dragged machine back home.

Scores: 4/5 well, I do love it.  Its quirky, it has volume and pizazz.  What more could I ask for!

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What do you think? I’m thinking it’s a little bit Audrey, specially if you amp up the vintage!

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