I’ve been making a rather leisurely attempt at participating in the Pattern Review Stash contest, but the way I figure is that it’s sort of a collective effort to sew as much as possible, so in that sense, at least I’m contributing a bit. This next piece isn’t much of a stash buster, using up just 1.5 yards, but I think it will be a nice addition to my wardrobe.
Here’s my version:
Here is my official pattern review:
How long has your fabric been in your stash? I bought this fabric from Fabric Mart this year; one of my few fabric purchases. It was a 2yd pre-cut, and has been in the stash for about 7-8 months. I used 1.5 yards, so I’m counting this as 1 yard and will carry over the extra 1/2 yard to the next project. Of this fabric I’ve got 1/2 yard leftover, and I expect I’ll use it as trim or pockets on another project.
Why did you make this item? Just for stash busting or was it in your queue anyways? I specifically bought this fabric to use with this pattern, so it was always in the queue. It wasn’t really near the top of my list, but when I came across the fabric I thought it would be a good project for the stash contest.
Pattern Description: Women’s V-neck blouse with gathered shoulder yokes and back zip.
Pattern Sizing: Burda sizes 34-44. I made a 40 at the shoulders and graded out to a 42 at the hip.
Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions seemed pretty good; I sort of partially followed them but mostly put it together without them because this was a pretty simple pattern.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the envelope once you were done with it? Yes, except the garment in the photo is a chiffon, any my fabric is opaque, and I raised the neckline.
What did you particularly like or dislike about this pattern? Likes: Quick and easy to sew, decent instructions, very chic looking top. Dislikes: The neckline seemed super low, so I raised it.
Fabric used: A blue and white print polyester fromFabric Mart. It has a nice hand and drape, and is a really lovely blouse weight woven.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I raised the neckline about 2 inches; Burda loved those low neckline… I do not. Otherwise I made this top as drafted.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I might sew it again; I do like the style. I have a lot of other patterns I want to try though, and I usually prefer knit tops to woven ones, so it might be a while before I sew some more of these. I would recommend this top though – it is very easy to sew, and has some nice design features.
Conclusion: Really pleased with my new top! I think it will look great with my white pants that I made for the Sudoku contest earlier in the year, or even paired with jeans. I like the neckline, sleeves, and yoke details (even though they may be difficult to see in my crazy print fabric). Overall I’m really happy I decided to pull this fabric out for the contest!