... Or a black pencil skirt. Huzzah!
When Andrea from Pattern Anthology emailed me to ask if I would like to play with their brand new fourth pattern collection, I fist pumped the air ... and then replied yes - because emails can't see fist pumps ...
The collection is made up of four stretch patterns for us la-la-ladies and are made for the lass who wants to be both stylish AND comfortable. Yes ladies, a garment can be both. What WHAT?
The reason I didn't know this, is because ... I'VE NEVER SEWN WITH STRETCH BEFORE!!!
Woh, sorry(not sorry) about the shouting there, but these patterns weren't just a revelation for me, they were a game changer! You mean I don't have to stay standing upright in my tight dress all day because I've eaten too much and bending will make me vomit out of my eyes? I can wear clothes that will stretch with me?
I made up two versions of the Parisian and I freaking LOVE this pattern. Not only is the pattern super comfortable but it's so fast to make up!!! I mean you don't have to line stretch. You don't even have to ... now this is a big one ... finish the edges! GASP! I spent a good two minutes head butting the wall mindlessly as punishment for not having tried stretch sooner (bad dobby!)
The instructions are wonderful and put me the beginner stretch-seamstress right at ease with heaps of helpful tips for sewing with stretch fabric.
The pattern features a peter-pan collar and gorgeous puff sleeves that are the perfect amount of puff.
The lovely people at Girl Charlee fabrics supplied some fabric for this project, and people I went a little overboard. Given I'm partial to fabric stashing, and the fact that I did not yet have a stretch stash, I may or may not have bought over seven different types of fabric. I mean the selection was cray-cray!
The second top is also from Girl Charlee fabrics and is made of a lucious navy blue solid ponte de roma and it could be one of the most comfortable fabrics I've ever worn.
I contrasted it with a floral knit that I also got from Girl Charlee and I love the sweet touch it gives the top.
So the general theme of these tops is that they can easily be thrown on with a pair of jeans. Except I'm more of a pencil skirt sort of gal. Here I am wearing it with a skirt I made a million years ago (it wasn't as tight then!) The good news is that these tops go perfectly with a fancy skirt both tucked in or out!
Um ... zip, zilch, nada! Praise the Lord!
I made the top in a small size as I likes my stuff nice and fitted. The good thing about stretch is it's very forgiving on sizing. I probably could have done an FBA, but I think it still looks good. P.s. the instructions come with FBA instructions so you don't have to try and work it out yourself. Winning.
ConclusionFast and easy to make, these tops are effortless, gorgeous and comfortable; a definite keeper. And it has smoothly introduced me to the world of knit fabrics, a world I used to run screaming away from. Consider me converted.
These patterns will be touring the blogs over March, so check out these other fabulous bloggers to see their awesome versions!
March 11th: Stef - the Girl Inspired
March 12th: Delia - Delia Creates
March 13th: Merrick - Merrick's Art
March 14th: Julia - Julia Bobbin
Cotton and Curls: Liz -
No Big Dill: Katy -
Sew Caroline: Caroline -
Adventures in Dressmaking: Suzannah -
Craftiness is Not Optional: Jessica -
DixieDIY: Dixie -
How's everyone coming along with their Mad Men outfits? Only a few weeks left! I'm loving seeing the pics coming into my inbox. For more details on the sew-a-long click here!
So who else in a knit-fabric convert? Let's be friends!