Here is my fourth top using this pattern. This fabric called out to me. In its first life it was a tablecloth that I found at a thrift shop for $3.00. It was in great condition and large enough to do something with. I needed to make a garment in white for a sewing group challenge. As soon as I saw the fabric I wanted to use it for this Mizono top.
I have made each top a little different. This was the first one for which I buttoned the sides to the back,, although not quite as far back as the pattern calls for. I left the sleeve bottoms loose. The tablecloth sewed up really well. If you look really closely, you may find a mustard stain or two.
This is one of my favorite patterns. I have made the long and short versions. I love how it behaves with different fabrics. I like the diagonal line of buttons and the asymmetry. I have tried it so far only with woven’s – textured poly, fine linen, drapey wool, and now, cotton. My next try may be a knit.
I highly recommend this pattern. Remember, though, it runs big. Here are some more pics.
This review has been updated to show the third top I have made using View B, which is the same as View A except for an additional nine inches in the length. I actually prefer the longer version on me. You can really make it any length you want. Here are some more pics:
Another Front View
The fabric for this top is a cotton/linen blend that is very light-weight. I love the way it came out. The only change I made on this version was to let the sleeves fall as they may without tucking them up and buttoning them.
I still love this pattern and will be happy to make again if I find some inspiring fabric.
Pattern Description: Very loose-fitting top has collar, low armholes, asymmetrical button closing and three-quarter length sleeves with button drape, narrow hem. View B is longer, and has back-buttoned drape, front, back and sleeves extend into drapes. I made View A, the shorter top.
Pattern Sizing: XS-XXL (4-26). I knew from past Mizono patterns that the sizes run really large, so I made and XS, where my measurements would put me in the M category. I'm very happy with the fit, although it is not as oversized as the pattern intended, particularly in the shoulders and sleeves.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, it looks pretty much like the picture.
Were the instructions easy to follow? I find Mizono's instructions to be very clear, logical, and well-illustrated, and the patterns to be well-drafted. Everything fits together perfectly.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love the collar, the diagonal closure, and the interesting hem and sleeves. And although it takes longer to construct, I appreciate that the garment is so beautifully finished with French seams throughout. I love using such a reliable pattern.
Fabric Used: I used a nice piece of cotton/poly with a crinkle texture that I purchased from Eddie's Quilting Bee. I was a little worried about sewing and handling the crinkle, but it was a dream to sew. I believe the buttons are from Marcy Tilton.
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: I changed the way the cuffs on the sleeves are put together to something a little more fanciful. Otherwise, it is exactly as drawn on the pattern. Unfortunately, these pictures donâ€™t do it justice.
Closeup of fabric and buttons
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I plan to make another version of View A in a drapier fabric to see what happens. Then I will make View B. I would like to make this pattern a number of times with variations. I really do love it and would recommend it heartily to anyone else. It is a simple, elegant pattern, and much easier to make than it looks.