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2013 January 9
by elizabeth_admin

Do you have a TNT that you just can’t stop tweaking?  Do you think about tweaking non-stop, all day?  Do you tweak in your dreams?  Well then, my friends, I’m here to tell you that you have a tweaking addiction.  Get it?  Tweaking Tweaker?  It sounded funnier in my head.

People, I can’t stop tweaking this Burda Batwing pattern.  I. Can’t. Stop.  When I showed my mom my new top she said, “Another batwing top?”  I thought if I made it up in a print this time, no one would notice that I used the batwing top pattern again.  Guess I was wrong.

For this tweaking, I widened the cuffs a little because the way the pattern is laid out on fabric, the stretch is going the wrong way at the wrist, so you need more room there.  I took out some of the fullness of the batwing effect and raised the neckline.



And here’s the finished top.



I used a fabric from deep stash again.  It’s from circa 2009, I believe.  It’s a rayon lycra knit.  Not sure if it will pill, but it looks like it might.  We’ll see.  It doesn’t have as much stretch as the other knits I’ve used, so the drape is a little different.  But I love the print.

So what do you think?  Should I give this pattern a rest?   Since I’m getting rid of the first two tops that I made from this pattern, I now only have two true batwing tops and the loose fitting summer tops I morphed from this pattern (which don’t even look like batwing tops).

And do you tweak incessantly too?

12 Responses leave one →
  1. January 9, 2013

    I find that I need to adapt for each fabric but I don’t necessarily copy the tweaks back to the tissue. OTOH I have tweaked a pattern as many as 4 times to get it just right. Once I’ve done that, the pattern gets used at least once every year. I’d say move onto something else, but keep this pattern in reserve.

  2. January 9, 2013

    I’ve liked each and every version of this top on you. And if you are retiring some of them, then that leaves room for more, IMHO.

    I tend not to repeat patterns often. But I definitely have a muslin tweaking problem before I sew the final garment!

  3. January 9, 2013

    Moms pay attention where others might not, thank goodness for Moms! I sew to fill the closet so I don’t do that much tweaking, I flat pattern measure and then go sew. I guess that makes all my clothes technically “muslins”. I don’t do the same pattern twice, usually, unless it’s a TNT classic. I’m an sewing goddess with serious ADHD in comparison to you, I’d say.

  4. January 9, 2013

    Cute! That is a winner!

    I don’t tweak, I hit it and move on…except for the Renfrew Top. I’ve made that one tons. Oh and the Burda 09-2012-104B drapey turtleneck top – that will be made a few more times.

    How about taking your TNT wrap dress and turning that into a wrap top? Easy to modify that pattern and you’ve got the fit on that one down pat. And even better, it looks amazing on you. Or something easy like MariaDenmarks’s Kirsten Kimono Tee (free!) or the one I want to try the Day to Night Draped tee. I shall stop projecting my list onto you. 😉 I’m sure you’ll come up with some wonderful makes all on your own!

  5. Sara permalink
    January 9, 2013

    Im always more tempted to tweak patterns that are relatively simple. And it helps if it’s a pattern that worked nice enough the first time you made it that you want more of them. Right now I am tweaking mr Sewaholic Alma blouse.

  6. January 9, 2013

    You like it? Just keep sewing it then. I think you look great in this, especially that print.

  7. January 9, 2013

    Love the print version on you – but I always like prints woven or knit in general on you, as I think you luckily suit many colours 🙂

    Haha… you’re not tweaking… your perfecting, polishing and refining my dear ;)! And ain’t nothing wrong with that !! 🙂

  8. January 9, 2013

    Yes, I’ve tweaked a pants pattern to pure death. Still I need to make some adjustments to it.

  9. January 9, 2013

    I enjoy good fitting clothes so tweaking is something that I do as a start. Not every fabric is the same. Not every occassion that I sew for is the same.
    So I tweak!

  10. Judi permalink
    January 10, 2013

    That top looks very nice on you and the fabric is beautful…you could easily go from day to night. No, I wouldn’t give that pattern a rest…batwing tops are the in thing now, so why not take advantage of it when they are both pretty and comfortable?

  11. January 11, 2013

    I don’t have a TNT but I wish I did! If you love it, keep making it. Great fabric on this one.

  12. January 11, 2013

    I tend to tweak… at least when I re-make a pattern. Which hasn’t happened too much yet, except for some of the pants where I haven’t had time to test out new patterns. It seems to me that every time I tweak I like the result just a bit better, so I think I will keep tweaking patterns in that quest for perfection.

    Also, love the print on your top! I hope it doesn’t pill, but at least you can make more if it does.

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