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Susan Allen Topper Pattern

Aoife | Posted in General Discussion on

I posted this but now can’t find it—I bought this pattern which was featured in the 2000 Feb/March Threads Issue #87.  The pattern doesn’t say how deep/or long to cut the neck.   Has anyone used this pattern and could help me out here???


  1. Josefly | | #1

    Sorry, I haven't tried that pattern and can't help with that but since no one has jumped in with an answer...Under another thread, "How can I make it look more formal?" there's some discussion about cutting a hole in fabric for a neckline in a cover-up made from scarves, etc. I think you might find some suggestions for how the hole should be cut. If your pattern is slit from the neckline and you don't know how deep to make the slit, and the pattern or article doesn't tell you, maybe it is a matter of personal preference. Have you tried to cut one out of some cheaper fabric to see what size opening you need?Good luck with your project, and let us know how it goes.

    1. Aoife | | #2

      Thanks for the help, I think I can try to cut out some pattern paper I have and see how it goes.  The topper is open in the front so I probably can't go too wrong just cutting a little at a time.  then it is supposed to drape over your shoulders to the front and then you cut the side and and bring it around to the front and have just one seam from the sleeve to across the front of the topper.  Looks cute.  Hope I can get it right.  It is for a friend of my daughter's who is just finishing up radiation and she wanted to something with no seams since they hurt the area radiated after breast cancer.

  2. Lynnelle | | #3

    Go to patternreview.com to see if anyone else has tried the pattern.  This site is a wonderful collection of...well...everything related to sewing.  When I want to try a new pattern, I check out the reviews written by other people who have sewn it.  Trust me, you'll love it!


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    Becky-book | | #4

    About the seams that irritate... some of the fashions out now have the seams on the outside!   Could you serge the seams on the outside in a contrasting color?

    Just a thought,


  4. Alexandra | | #5

    Sounds like a Bog coat style.  And I've just made one from black and white herring bone fabric.  I got the guidelines for making this from an older Threads article, March 2000, # 87.  (Love those older Threads)  I measured from under my bust, where I wanted the seam to be, and up to the back of my neck.  I cut this conservatively and added to this length in the fitting to make sure it fell under my bust.  Hope this might be of some help to you.

    1. Aoife | | #6

      Thanks everyone, all of your comments are really going to be helpful once I get home and get started.  I bought this pattern while on vacation and can't wait to make it for my daughter's friend.

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