Wednesday, 7 February 2018

The No Time Like The Peasant Top

I've been trying to get as much summer sewing as I can in the last few weeks, as I have felt my summer wardrobe lacking in simple warm weather tops and dresses.  This Loretta top from Seamwork was the first on my list, and I'm now working on a few more dresses - I hope to have them done before the weather gets cold again! :)

The details:
Pattern: The Loretta top from Seamwork in version 2
Fabric: A polyester crepe from Lincraft
Size: 6
Special touches and alterations: Lengthened by 4.5cm 
I cut version 2 of the top in a straight size 6, although my bust measurement put me between sizes 4 and 6. I didn't make my usual adjustment to the shoulder to bust length, as I'd heard that the underarms were already quite low on the pattern, and there were no bust darts to worry about.  I did lengthen the hem by 4.5cm. Having made it, I think it is quite large and baggy, and would definitely size down next time.  
The style is designed to be able to be worn on or off the shoulder, but there are some issues to consider if you plan on doing this.  I cut my elastic to allow for wearing off the shoulder, but find that this makes the neckline quite wide when wearing on the shoulder.  Also, if I pull it down to wear off the shoulder, the length changes and is a bit longer than I would like.  I have generally been wearing it on my shoulder, as in these pics, which I think creates a nice neckline shape. However, it does need regular adjustment while wearing, and tends to gape a lot if I lean over! Putting a jacket over it also changes the way it sits. If I were to make it again I would probably want to pick one way of wearing it and adjust the elastic and hem length for that style only. 
And that's it for me for this week. Hopefully soon I'll have a new summer dress to share with you too! Wish me luck!

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