Surfing the web one night and on the hunt for something 'different' for summer, I came across the pattern company Papercut based out of New Zealand. One of the fun things about the internet is that you can have instant gratification with sewing patterns that are offered as PDFs. Am I right?
I came across this top/dress and was quite smitten. Here is the description from the site:
Meaning “sea” in Maori, our relax-fit dress or top features a ruffle waist that dips slightly at the back with gentle shaping though the body. The Moana dress includes bust darts, exposed back zip, back darts and optional gathered skirt.
I made the top.
This gorgeous fabric is from fabricdotcom. It's a poly crepe. It is so much prettier in person than in the photos.
Since I am much too old for a cropped top, I lengthened this 1.5" both front and back.
The armscyes are finished off so beautifully in this pattern. You basically 'burrito' each side and end up with a beautifully finished bodice.
I am very proud of my rolled hem. I'll make a tute on this soon as I found the technique outlined in several Craftsy classes and it works slick!
I changed the exposed back zipper to a button and loop. I try to use elastic hair bands that coordinate/match my fabric when possible.
I have a few tweaks to make for my next version including lowering the bust dart, widening the hips a bit and also the back upper back slightly. Anyhoo, I really like my new top and I will be purchasing more Papercut patterns!
Thanks for reading!