I love when I make a shirt and it goes directly from the sewing machine to immediate circulation in my wardrobe. This top is one of those. I made it using the Extraordinary Girl pattern from Filles a Maman, one of the ten patterns for women included in the latest Sew Fab Pattern bundle. Today is the last day of the sale and includes a fantastic giveaway!
I played around with this pattern a good bit to get it exactly how I wanted it. The original pattern is designed for a tight fit; I when up one size (to a M) to get a relaxed look. I also used woven fabric for the front bodice area even though it calls for knit. And, because my torso is stupidly long, I added four inches to the length.
The adjustments worked out really well. The pattern itself provides great guidance for making alterations, especially length. I like the longer length and love that the pattern makes it easy. The woven fabric works really well, too. I was worried that it wouldn’t fit well because it lacks the stretch of knit fabric but you don’t really need much stretch in that portion of the top. I’m already planning another top using some vintage lace on the upper portion and a sweater knit on the rest.
The woven fabric is called snap, one of the latest voile fabrics from Lisa Congdon‘s Revelry line for Cloud 9 fabrics. I worked on a project for Cloud 9 and had enough fabric left over to match with this top. I love the whole selection and voile is buttery soft. The knit fabric is a slubbed, lightweight knit from Jo-Ann Fabrics. Both fabrics are delicate and I did have to use a needle designed for lightweight fabrics and lots of pins even though I usually hate pins.
For the top binding on the front of the shirt, I also left the raw edge exposed. I wasn’t planning to but I ending up liking how it looked, feel like it added to the delicate nature of the top.
Disclosure: I was given the bundle of patterns with the understanding that I would blog about what I make using it. No other compensation was provided and all of my opinions, as always, are my own.