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Fashion in Harmony: 1001 - Type:Tops    printable version
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Reviewed by:Dilliander
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Posted on:2/8/13 2:02 AM
Last Updated:11/19/13 7:44 PM
Project Photo:Fashion in Harmony: 1001 by Dilliander

Pattern Rating:Highly Recommend
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Fabric:Linen Blend  [See other projects in this fabric]
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UPDATE November 2013:

I find I am wearing this top a lot since I first reviewed it back in February. The linen polymide fabric (that I learnt recently is woven to Tessuti's specifications and milled in Italy) is fabulous and with washing the bias cut raw hem has developed a lovely frayed fringe edge (also without ironing the bias crinkles give lovely texture and extra shaping). A great pattern!

Worn with Tessuti Suzy pants (review coming)

Frayed hem finish

Pattern Description:

Described by Fashion in Harmony (FiH) as a "cute, fun bias blouse" with choice of cowl or assymetric neckline. These tops both have the cowl, one with sleeves and one sleeveless.

Pattern Sizing:

Small (8-10)

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Yes, I think so, although this version is more fitted.

Were the instructions easy to follow?

The instructions are excellent.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

Having made this twice before (in Charmeuse and a border print gauze) I already knew I'd like it.

Fabric Used:

A medium weight 90% linen (10% Polymide) from Tessuti, that is beautifully drapey and has a gauze-like texture. It is perfect for this pattern (bonus, the pattern is also not fabric hungry like some bias cuts so I was able to get 2 tops for the price of one).

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

Adjustments were the same as those for the silk charmeuse top plus 3cm extra length. I also experimented with a closer fit, adding vertical darts on the back and tapering the sleeve.

While making this I rather liked the sleeveless version then looking at the remaining length realised I could have both. The sleeveless top is cooler to wear and will be comfortable as a layering top, whereas the sleeves are more dressy.

Construction notes

Shoulders, neck edge and armscye were stabilised to prevent stretching.

Hems are raw, which works fine on the bias cut bodice. However I'd forgotten the sleeves are cut on grain and as this fabric frays a lot it seemed best to finish these on the overlocker. My cotton is a good match and it disappears into the crinkly fabric, so it worked out well.

Finished top

Front without sleeves

Front with sleeves

Reverse bias finish

Back showing fit with vertical darts

Neckline options

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

Yes, of course! I'm keen to try a more creative mixed fabric version next.


Beautifully drafted and a great pattern. One of these tops will be part of the Falling for Autumn SWAP collection.
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Jrhee said...
Lovely in every way!
2/8/13 2:08 AM
QuiltSewSewSue said...
Sweet top - love it all ways but the pin is cute!
2/8/13 4:06 AM
cleverkitty said...
oh so beautiful these tops, I just had a fabric I got two tops out of and I was excited, I sewed them up right away since I had the same thread in the machines. Now you can enjoy the fabric even further :)
2/8/13 9:27 AM
LynnG said...
I love the way you used the pin to change the look. Very nice.
2/8/13 10:08 AM
SewWil said...
What a versatile top!
2/8/13 10:08 AM
velosewer said...
Great tops Sandra. Wonderful detailing as always.
2/8/13 2:36 PM
Sharonspils said...
Gorgeous tops and beautiful colour!
2/8/13 4:15 PM
AuntieShel said...
Just beautiful!! Have always wanted to try one of the Harmony patterns...
2/8/13 4:30 PM
mm said...
Both are lovely. This style really suits you and the drape is wonderful.
2/8/13 4:40 PM
FreyaStark said...
Two great tops. I prefer the sleeveless one but having choice is wonderful. The brooch is a nice touch.
2/8/13 4:58 PM
leoniep said...
Love this fabric! I like the look with the pin, too.
2/8/13 7:59 PM
Barbara V said...
All gorgeous tops, beautiful fabrics and lovely work!
2/8/13 8:12 PM
jenleeC said...
What a great design - interesting but not gimmicky - love it! As usual your construction is flawless!
2/8/13 8:55 PM
21wale said...
Really beautiful top!
2/8/13 10:06 PM
StarrSews said...
This is a totally cute pattern! Fabulous to be able to wear it more than one way. Great sewing job!
2/9/13 1:23 AM
pdiddly said...
beautiful top
2/9/13 3:34 AM
Rebecca D said...
Gorgeous, off to buy this pattern. I love how you keep working this pattern. Inspirational.
2/9/13 8:54 AM
Danvillegirl said...
Very nice!
2/9/13 10:48 AM
RadarRadiance said...
Love the fabric and look! Beautiful fabric and how you used it!
11/19/13 7:44 PM
sfshaza said...
So you made 2 tops from the same fabric? One with sleeves and one sleeveless? Well, it is FABULOUS on you!!!!
11/19/13 7:53 PM
Elona said...
This is SUCH an interesting pattern, and you are the perfect example of how terrific the results can be! But I can't help wondering why the sleeves are not also bias cut? Sleeves on the bias are very, very nice. Do you suppose it would work well?
11/19/13 9:36 PM
KathB said...
This texture rich outfit is spectacular! My favorite neckline is the folded and pinned version. Tempted to buy more patterns :P
11/19/13 9:46 PM
KathB said...
This texture rich outfit is spectacular! My favorite neckline is the folded and pinned version. Tempted to buy more patterns :P
11/19/13 9:46 PM
KathB said...
This texture rich outfit is spectacular! My favorite neckline is the folded and pinned version. Tempted to buy more patterns :P
11/19/13 9:46 PM
Melwyk said...
I love this top! The colour is great, and I really like the different ways to wear the neckline -- the pin is fabulous.
11/19/13 9:49 PM
r e n said...
This looks adorable on you. If red isn't your colour, it's definitely one of your colours. Love the whole outfit, a real winner.
11/19/13 10:00 PM
mm said...
It looks wonderful with the Suzy pants.
11/19/13 10:16 PM
BeaJay said...
A gorgeous top. I noticed how nice it looked in life at the Sew Inn at Tessutis last week. Very classy. Very chic. Very nice.
11/20/13 0:31 AM
Dilliander said...
Thanks for the kind comments. Elona, you are right, bias sleeves would be lovely and may be worth trying out. However, I just checked the pattern and they are definitely drafted on the straight grain, so I'm thinking there must be a reason since the top is very cleverly constructed.
11/20/13 1:15 AM
EleanorSews said...
You certainly know how to find elegant little tops! This is so classic with that something extra. Thanks for your review.
11/20/13 2:33 AM
CissieW said...
Looks like you've found the perfect cowl neck top. Love all your versions. Especially like the frayed hem!
11/20/13 9:01 AM
Sharonspils said...
Gorgeous top and that fabric is divine!
11/20/13 9:58 PM
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