|Pattern Description: |
A luxurious top with wide neckline pleats and revealing armholes. This top can look either formal or casual, depending on the fabric you choose
With Named, when you buy a pattern you only get two sizes, in my case, I got a 38/40 (made the 38)
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions don't contain any illustrations, only text. Things got pretty confusing for me when it came to connecting the lining and shell of the extended armholes. I figured it out by just playing around with the fabric but even then, comparing what I did to the written instructions, they still didn't quite make sense to me. I tried to take pictures for a little mini-tutorial but taking useful pictures is hard! I'll write something up if people are interested in making this top. Once you figure out this step it really is quite easy.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I fell in love with their patterns from the start. Such sleek, modern, and simplistic designs. Loved the pleated neckline and the armholes...the two main features of the top.
I love the way it fits. I'm really impressed with the design of this top because despite the large armholes, it manages to stay put on the body and cover my front and back completely. I think it's because the back is a little lower than the front and keeps the front pulled back across your bust. Also the lining is much smaller than the shell and doesn't interfere with teh draping at all.
From the front
From the side
A polyester charmeuse - this was my wearable muslin but I plan to make it again in a nicer silk once I find the right color.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I had to re-sew the neckline because I couldn't for the life of me fit it over my head (as a comparison, I also had this problem with the Sewaholic Pendrell - apparently I have a big head?). I didn't lower the neckline much because I like the close fit, so just added an extra 3/8" along the front neckline - now I can squeeze it on.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes, I would definitely sew this again. And I would recommend it to those who are attracted to this fun design. I realize it isn’t everyone’s style and won’t flatter all body types, but to me, it’s perfect. It is light and floaty, hits at the waist, covers my protruding ribcage, and adds a sense of intrigue with the open armholes. I kept a white tank in all the pictures above but it could look nice with a black tank underneath as well, or any other fun contrasting color. I'm not daring enough to wear it without anything underneath haha.
Comfortable, airy, easy to wear blouse. And as my boyfriend said, it's great for venting and staying cool! And I think it is quite versatile - check out my blog for the three different ways I styled it!