Pattern name: Rita by Charm Patterns
Size range: 2-16, with individual cup sizes. C cup sizes:32″-24″-36″ to 46″-38″-50″
What size did you make?
What are your measurements? 49″-43-46″ My bra size is 36K in UK brands, 36N in US brands.
What adjustments did you make and how long did they take? I graded up one size by adding a half inch to all the side seams and I made a half inch petite fold (standard adjustment for me) through the midriff on my first blouse. That probably took 10 minutes, at most.
What fabric did you use? Solid black is in Kona cotton. Print blouse is quilting cotton
What was the construction process like? Did the instructions make sense to you? It was very easy to assemble. I didn’t use the instructions but have read them since. They look fine.
How do you like the pattern’s fit? Do you think the design works well for your particular body shape? The pattern’s fit is not at all like the envelope illustration. There is NO waist shaping. I ended up having to create a waist by pinning and trimming my muslin. As you can see by the side by side picture of my muslin and the original pattern.
Will you make the pattern again? If so, what fit or design changes will you make? My second one is much more fitted through the waist and I have cut out 2 more.
Do you have any advice on this pattern for other curvy sewers? Are there any resources (blog posts, fitting books, tutorials) that helped you sew this piece up? Be prepared to do a lot of work to get the midriff to fit right.
Size Range: 3 (I love the cup sizing, but this is not a plus sized pattern)
Construction Process: 4
Final Fit: 5 (after altering it to fit)
Overall Rating: I’m giving this one a 4 for me because it allows me to copy a RTW top that is way out of my price range but for the general public, I’d rate it a 3. It will require grading for anyone over a RTW 18 in US sizing, is too revealing for office wear and will require at least one muslin to pin out some waist shaping.