I pretty much know, at this point, that any pattern made by Adrianna from Hey June Handmade is going to fit me and look amazing on first try. Check out my Cheyenne blouse, Sanibel rompers, Lane Raglan hoodie, and leggings for proof. So, I was jubilant when she asked me to pattern test her latest creation, the Trevi Top and Dress. I went with a double gauze fabric from my stash to make this polka dot Trevi top. I am thrilled with the results, as expected.
The pattern for this simple, drape-y top has just enough detail of construction to be interesting and flattering. The tall neckline and high cut at the shoulders combine with a button placket on the back. To be honest, it’s not a style I would normally get into but I trust Adrianna so much that I agree to test for her and I am glad I did because it worked out.
Isn’t the button placket such a perfect detail? It always amazes me how much a button placket takes a simple shirt to the next level. Now that I am comfortable with the buttonhole maker function on my sewing machine, I’m way less intimidated by buttonhole making. In fact, I kind of look forward to it because it’s really so simple but looks impressive. If you haven’t played around with the buttonhole function on your machine, I have to encourage you to take an afternoon and conquer it. You won’t regret it!
A bit of nitty-gritty on this top. After looking at the size chart, I decided to grade the top from a size 6 at the top to a size 12 at the hips. I know, super dramatic!! I have really sizable (juicy and lovable) hips and I’ve found it’s better to just embrace the difference and account for it rather than be disappointed when something doesn’t fit. The thing is, however, this top has a lot of ease at the hips and I really overdid it. I mean, I still like how this top looks but it just doesn’t need to be quite so flowy. I also think, with this style, the size 6 was a tiny bit too small at my chest. There is a first time for everything, right? It’s not tight enough to be constricting, though, so it’s all good.
The fabric is a double gauze, as I mentioned. I got it two years ago in Portland at Bolt. It’s a lovely print from Kokka, designed by Ellen Luckett Baker. It made for a very comfortable and sweet but not overly sweet little top.
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Wowza, two great tops in a row! Impressive, and inspiring. I’m with you on little twists to simple everyday tops, and “sweet but not too sweet”! And I like the swinginess the way it is on the Trevi~it looks comfy for the warmer months.
As for the beloved Sloan leggings, are you going to teach another class?
Melissa Q. says
I will have some classes coming up soon! Unfortunately, no leggings. But, I’m glad you mention it because I really want to teach leggings again. It’s one of my favorites to make.
Lovely top! If we only had some warm weather in my corner of the US. 🙂
It’s beautiful! Those shoulders are super flattering and I actually like the drama of the grading.