Bertha models the Corset Pullover
As many of you have noted, the pattern photo for Robin Melanson's Corset Pullover
shows the sweater on a very willowy young woman. There were several of
you who pointed out that this was a rather ironic choice, given our
discussions on adapting patterns for all shapes and sizes.
Here is where I confess to a certain degree of deviousness--and
perhaps even to having an ulterior motive or three. Several people have
assured me that the Corset Pullover is really cute, and that it would
be great on Knitting Daily--but based on the photo alone, I
wasn't convinced. The funny thing is that ordinarily, I love everything
that comes off of Robin's clever little needles...so I decided that
both you and I needed to see this sweater in person--and that it would
be a perfect example for our discussions on sizing and customization.
I went and found the original sample garment in the Knits
storage room (we keep some of them on hand for publicity and display
purposes), only to find that the sample was a bit too small for me to
try on (rats!). I therefore dragged Bertha, our shapely mannequin, out
of the basement so she and I could play a bit of dress-up.
Guess what? On Bertha's 34" (86.5 cm) curvy self, the Corset really
IS adorable. (Yay Robin! I should have known. I'm sorry I ever doubted
you. What was I thinking?)
I went back and looked at the pattern itself, and sure enough, Robin
had this note at the very beginning: "This sweater was designed to fit
closely. To achieve this effect, make the size that is closest to your
actual chest measurement."
Now, mind you: the sample sweater measures 35.25" (89.5 cm). The
lovely Ms. Willow in the pattern photograph definitely is not wearing
the Corset close to her heart, shall we say.
The Interweave Corset Gals!
That's when I went on a quest to get some photos of the Corset on
several real women of different sizes and shapes, so I could somehow
convey to you how this cute top might look on YOU, whether you are a
lovely petite or charming larger gal. Unfortunately, the sweater here
is just too small to show on true goddesses--but then, it is also too
large to show on true nymphs. Hopefully, we can satisfy some of you
Naiads in the middle, however.
I found nine women around the office willing to try on the sample
sweater--and, more importantly, willing to share their bust
measurements with you, so you could judge how the sweater looks with
various amounts of ease, both positive and negative. Our oh-so-generous
(and quite lovely) Interweave Corset Gals range
from a petite charmer who is just a bit over 33" around, to a new momma
with a 36" chest, on up to a shapely 40" redhead. With the help of
Kat's HTML wizardry, I've put all the photos, plus comments on ease and
customization suggestions for each woman, on a separate gallery page that includes some back and side views, as well as a couple of up-close detail shots.
If you folks find this helpful, I have the garments from the Summer 2007 issue of Knits here in the office....unfortunately, the Fall garments have already been sent out on the Trunk Show tour, but we can take a vote to pick out a few of the Summer sweaters and see how they look on the locals!
A couple of notes in response to the comments...
To our petite sisters: Several of you were worried that we
might cut out the smaller sizes in favor of your larger sisters. Let me
reassure you that this won't happen. Everyone, slender or plush, deserves beautiful knits that fit.
As so many of you noted, changing the size range isn't necessarily the
answer anyway--what is needed is more information on customizing for
yourself. Everyone is different. Everyone is lovely. Everyone, no
matter their size, shape, color, or personal style, is welcome and
celebrated here on Knitting Daily. (You all rock.)
And finally....for Gabriele and Bust Dart Fans everywhere:
You have not missed the Bust Dart tutorial! The exponential
growth of Knitting Daily has had the entire team working double-time
just to keep up with the basics lately, so I fear we all are a bit
behind...but I haven't forgotten! The document is sitting right here on
my laptop, and I can still hear the chants from InternetLand of "Bust
Darts! Bust Darts!" We'll have another pair of hands on deck shortly,
and that will free me up to be at your service, bust-dart-wise.
Sandi Wiseheart is the editor of Knitting Daily.
What's on Sandi's needles? Photo coming soon of the finished Bonsai Tunic by Norah Gaughan. New to the needles:
Swatching for a Sandi-sized version of the Corset Pullover! Plus, about
6 inches' worth of cables for a new design coming soon to Knitting Daily.