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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspired to knit again, August 23, 2007
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This review is from: Knitting Lingerie Style: More Than 30 Basic and Lingerie - Inspired Designs (Hardcover)
I just wanted to say a big thank you to Joan M-M for inspiring me to knit again.

I am a dressmaker, and am very particular about fit; I just don't see the point of going to the effort of making something, whether it be sewn or knit, if the fit is going to be anything less than perfect; if I want an average fitting garment I might as well just buy one from a shop.

The problem that I have with most of the patterns I have used for knits is that, compared to a sewn dress pattern, they seem fairly simplistic in the way the garment is shaped to fit the body; a bit of increasing and decreasing at the side seams through the waist area would to be the norm. Coming from a sewing background where I use darts and steam to mould the fabric, I just don't see how this is going to contour my body in the most flattering way; while a knit fabric provides some give, it can't possibly achieve good shape through the waist, bust and shoulders, especially when working with a yarn that has little memory.

I found Joan's patterns to be unlike others I have used, and I think they demonstrate a truer understanding of the female form and how to fit it. I've knit the silk and pearls cami, and only made some small adjustments to make it fit me perfectly. I can't describe how pleased I am with the result! While all of the designs in the book are certainly very beautiful and I plan to knit most of them, my head is currently full of different designs I can knit for summer, using the square-necked tank as my basic "block". My problem now is that I don't know which one to start with!
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Initial post: Aug 28, 2007 12:02:31 PM PDT
Its great to hear this review from a dressmaker!
My mother was also a dressmaker and she instilled in me a real sense of getting the FIT correct,before anything else~
I love this book also ,,only I haven't had the time to actually sit down and knit myself anything from it,(,but I do have yarn for the skirt ~)
Good knitting to you~
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