I had never heard of Love Notions. I really love the styling of this top--so many options for making this pattern in at least 8 sleeve options. Who does that? Indy patterns do, that's who!
Would you look at the design of this top!
I really love the overall fit. That back pleat is very cute.
Let me tell you about the fabric I used.
Since this is a new to me pattern company, and since I am trying to whittle-down my closet to things I really like or have no use for, I took an old RTW linen skirt that I loved the fabric but hated the fit and made it into this top.
The uneven stripe in the shades of blue was super cute as a skirt. Too bad that it fit so poorly, or shall I say that this was a great excuse to make this into something I might really like?
The pattern instructions have you compare your high-bust to your full bust to determine if you need an FBA. In the big 4, I always need an FBA. With Love Notions patterns, you measure and then determine if you need to use the regular front bodice or the bodice pattern pieces with the built-in FBA. Surprisingly, I did not need the FBA. What???
Is that stripe fun or what? Typically I make a swayback adjustment but I didn't need to with this pattern. Sorry about the wrinkles. It's linen, wrinkles are inevitable, right?
Since I had such limited yardage, this top is slightly shorter in the front and back. I just didn't have quite enough to make this as long as the pattern suggests. You will also note that my sleeves don't match stripe-wise. Again, I didn't have enough fabric to make two duplicate sleeves. I only had enough to make bias sleeves and they wouldn't be mirror images of one another. It's okay. I think it adds visual interest.
Let's talk about the neckline finish for a moment. I typically hate using bias tape for the neckline but in this instance, it turned out great--a finish I am really proud of!
For this, I simply didn't have enough fabric to make my own bias tape, which I am a huge fan of! I used a remnant of the purchased binding from another project. Sometimes I wonder if I keep too many scraps of things. Do you ever wonder that for yourself? In this case, it was just enough to finish the neckband and create ties!
I really love making narrow hemlines. I used 1/4" fusible seam tape and ironed it on. I gave it a double turn and stitched. I am so happy with the finish. It duplicates RTW.
I used the same technique on the lower hem. Damn, I did I great job with this top! Is that okay to say? I hope so as I am super happy with how it turned out. DH also loves it.
I think I see many more Love Notions patterns in my future!
Thanks for reading!