When I saw this top on The Great British Sewing Bee Series 3, I was completely fascinated. The contestants were given just the pattern piece, nothing more. They had to figure out how it went together, then sew it. The time limit was 90 minutes,
This cute top has a scoop neck and a single side seam, the other side is a fold. It has drop shoulders, one side extending into a cut on sleeve. The hem is steeply asymmetrical, so when the hem is worn level on the body, the folded side falls into lush drapes.
And that’s one key to success with this top. The bottom hem must fit snuggly enough so that the longer, folded stays level on the body with the shorter, non draped side. In other words, this top is ideal for hourglass shaped bodies. My body is not hourglass shaped anymore.
The top is an easy sew, once you’ve figured out how it all fits together. I think that an average sewist, who has the complete pattern piece in the right size, and knows how it goes together, could easily complete this pattern from layout to wearing in 90 minutes.
Tracing the pattern is horrendously difficult. It’s divided into three sections, all superimposed on each other, along with the pattern pieces from three other garments, all printed in lovely shades of gray and blue. None of the pattern sections are labeled. Some labeling is printed around the edges near the sections, and one section has a cf grainline printed on it. If the GBSB contestants had to begin with tracing, they’d need a lot longer than 90 minutes! The hardest part was done for them already!
I cut the large, and the result fits a little too snug through the middle for me, too snug to drape gracefully. This top is a give away.
It was a fun experiment. If I try this top again, I’ll first enlarge the pattern, then add a narrow elastic casing at the bottom to help it stay on my hips.
I might play with some of the other designs in the future. But, nothing else in this book is on my must-do list.
You might like this book if:
You enjoy Japanese style draped patterns
You don’t mind the crazy tracing
You probably won’t like this book if:
These styles are not your “thing”
You dislike tracing off, especially difficult to follow tracings
You do not fit into the sizes; these patterns don’t look easy to size up.