This is a perfect example of when the stars align! I was in the midst of browsing through Schnittchen’s plus size pattern selection when I was asked if I would like to do a review of the Betty Top. Ummmmm… of course I would!!!
First let’s talk about the company. Schnittchen is a Germany based company that has a variety of patterns designed for women ranging from European sizes 34 to 46 and have recently expanded some patterns, like the Betty Top, to sizes 46-56. The patterns are available as a paper pattern or as a downloadable file. Disclaimer: I received this pattern for free, but all my opinions are my own.
The Betty Top is a simple, comfortable top with oversized shoulders and topstitched facing on the front. The fabric recommendation included sweatshirt material, neoprene, and jersey. This sewing pattern is available as a PDF download in German and English.
Size Range: Eur 34-46 and Plus Size 46-56 (up to 53.5″/106-136cm bust, 56″/114.5-142cm hip)
Measurements: 47″ bust/45″ waist/58″ hip
Body Shape: Pear-ish
Bra size: 44DDD
Fabric: Light sweater knit I was gifted by one of my sew sisters from Gaffney Fabrics in Philadelphia.
What size did I make? After verifying my measurements in centimeters, I made a size 52 at the bust and graded to 56 at the hips. The model shown is wearing a size 50 in a scuba fabric.
Changes I made: Chose to omit the sleeves and bind the armholes with self-made bias tape from the same fabric. Love the arm coverage I get with the dropped shoulder.
What was the construction process like? Did the instructions make sense to you?
The pattern comes with detailed sewing instructions and sketches that refer to some of the written instructions. Instructions were very clear and easy to follow. I was able to finish this top in 2 hours after taping and cutting the PDF pattern.
How did you like the pattern’s fit? Do you think that the design works well for your body shape?
The fit was spot on! I thought I was going to have some issues with the hip area but the amount of ease built into the pattern was perfect. Even though it is designed to be an oversized top, I did not feel swallowed in the design.
The hi-lo hem is very flattering to those of us who don’t want to showcase all our glory. The drop shoulder design may be cumbersome for some folks, but it would be easy to alter to your shoulder shape if needed.
Will you make this pattern again? If so, what fit or design changes will you make?
I already have a cropped version in the works on my table as I write this review! This pattern is an easy sew and I know I will be adding a sleeved version in the fall. The facings and the topstitching lend to the design and a clean finish. Next time I plan to play with some contrasting thread color and decorative stitches.
Do you have any advice on this pattern for other curvy sewers? Are there any resources or materials that helped you sew this piece up?
This pattern has the dart placement in the armhole so make sure you mark your fabric accordingly. I suggest you do a tissue fit of the front bodice to make sure the dart is in the right place.
Pattern Rating (1-5, 5 being the highest):
Size range: 5
Construction process: 5
Final fit: 5
Overall rating: 5
I love how this top fits me! The hi-lo hem is very flattering for my figure and it’s so easy to pick up and look put together when I leave the house. I consider this pattern a great curvy sew for everyone and a nice addition to my wardrobe. Now to go back to the website and see what other goodies they have.
Until next time,