Sunday, September 07, 2008

Christine Jonson Tie Back Top & Give away

Pattern Review

Pattern: Christine Jonson #107 Tie Back Top

Description: Self-lined, close-fitting, mid-hip length, pullover top with gathered bustline and front crossover long ties.

Sizing: XS to XL, which is 4 to 22. I made a size 12. The pattern has a sheet to help decide sizes. Also, another chart that states if a pattern is runs small, large or true-to-size and suggests to go up or down in sizing. The tie back top runs small and Christine Jonson suggests going up a size.

Instructions: They were very good but I didn’t follow them. The entire garment is lined and I didn’t want to do this. This was a muslin and I didn’t have enough fabric. Plus, it seemed like too much fabric and layers for a knit top.

Likes/Dislikes: I liked the look of the top on the pattern envelope. I met Christine Jonson at ASG Convention and she is so personable. Tells you all about the pattern and has many garments sewn up for you see the styles up close.

I don’t know if I like the ties right under my chest. I put this top on a couple of days ago and just wasn’t sure, it feels a bit like "look at my chest" with the ties right under them! I will give it another try tomorrow for work.

Changes: First no lining. I just turned the neck edge under ¼” and topstitched it in place. I also eliminated the tie in the back. I crossed the ties in the center front as stated in the instructions and then pinned the ties to the side. Basted this side seam, tried on the top, adjusted the ties, cut them off and serged the side seams. Take a look:

Fabric: A jersey knit from Needle Nook (also purchased at ASG Convention)

Conclusion: Not sure, I should try it with the ties in the back and see how this look. I like it okay but there are several other TNT knit patterns I like better.

I have some things to give away this week. State which one you would like in the comments and I will sort them and then draw a winner. Let's see, I will draw on Friday.

I have 2 of these, subscribed at ASG Convention, forgot I had done this and bought one. Oops!

A friend gave me this to read and then pass on as a blog giveaway.

I made this pattern and didn't like the bag, in fact it was a wadder. So I will pass it on. The pattern has been cut but you can still use it.


  1. Fun! Count me in. :) I would love to see the Sew News as I've never read one before.

  2. Anonymous7:52 PM

    Cute top! I would love to see it on.

    I would love to try out the chelsea bag pattern. How was the sew your own clothes book?

  3. Nice top. I bet it looks better on you than the dress form!

    Could I get in on the drawing for the amy butler bag and the make your own clothes book?


  4. Oooh, please put me in the drawing for the Chelsea bag pattern. :)

  5. The blouse looks good. I completely understand about the "look at my chest" factor. But after trying on blouses styled like this, they are actually quite flattering. Since I am trying to get my mojo back, a friend suggested I go back to basics and do some simple things, so please put my name in for the "make Your Own Clothes" book.

  6. Anonymous10:27 AM

    The top LOOKS adorable. Do we get to see it on you?

  7. Lori,
    I understand why you would feel a little self conscious in the top but I bet it looks better than you think. You always do such a nice job.

    So why was the Amy Butler purse a wadder? It looks like it would make a cute bag. I would be interested in trying it out so put my name in the drawing.

  8. Anonymous12:07 PM

    I like the top!
    Please, I would like to be in the draw fot the Sewnews... Would love to see one (maybe one day I should just buy the subscription...)

  9. I love how you put the ties into the side seams. It looks like a great top, but I see what you mean with having them under the bust. Still, I really like the look of this top - great job!

    After reading your comment on my blog, I'm glad I'm not the only messy sewer, too. ;)

  10. Looks cute, Lori! Thanks for the comment yesterday!

  11. the chelsea bags are drawing my attention!
    I love your blog!

  12. Anonymous5:38 PM

    Beautiful job, as always!

    I'd like to be entered for the magazine, thanks!

  13. Anonymous7:36 PM

    The top looks great & I like your ideas.

    Would you please put my name in for the "make your own clothes"

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  14. Anonymous8:43 PM

    Maybe if the top was made in a print it wouldn't draw attention to the bustline as much. I'd like to have my name put in the hat for the top pattern. Thanks!

  15. Include me in the drawing for the book and Sew News. Thanks for doing this.

  16. Love the top...please enter me in the drawing for the Make Your own Clothes book. Thanks...Mary

  17. Wow Lori..what a terrific top...I am sure it looks great on you!

    ~Pam (no need to enter me in the bookshelves are bulging)

  18. Hi, Lori! I think the safari look is a classic. You'll look great in your new safari top, I am certain! Would you please put in my name for the Make Your Own Clothes book? Thank you for the continued inspiration! :-)

  19. Please count me in for the bag pattern and, if that is not possible, perhaps for the "make your own clothes" book. Thanks!

    Fulvia at

  20. I'd love to see the top on you - I bet it looks cuter on you than on your mani! I'm game for your drawing, how about the pattern book. :-)