In 2017 I was asked by  Sam the editor of Sew Now Magazine (unfortunately no longer in print) to review a pattern for the magazine. It was such as lovely experience, going to their studio getting treated to a hair and makeup session by Nina Rochford ( Instagram @ninarochford) and being photographed by lovely Renata Stonyte ( Instagram @rentson). They made me feel like a little celebrity!

The pattern was on my to-do list for a long time.   For the magazine review, I chose to make the woven version with the cross over back. 

The fabric I used came from Ditto Fabrics, a lovely Italian linen with cocktail glasses on a pink background.

As my fabric was quite precious and I wanted to make sure my top for the magazine is perfect. I made a wearable muslin first in a fabric sitting in my stash to be used as lining or to make toiles. Some sort of synthetic blend. Because the fabric allows it, I played around with the print for added interest. It did mean cutting the back pieces on one layer though. I cut a size 10 and used the suggested seam allowance. 

For this version, I also added some multi-coloured sparkly buttons. I found that the sleeve is a bit too tight on my arm. So I decided to keep to size 10, but on the shoulder and underarm seam to use a seam of 1 cm to give myself a bit more room. On the proper top for the magazine, I did a few things different or added a few steps more than the instructions, which are minimal but the diagrams are self-explanatory.

I cut my facing pieces in interfacing and then fused them on a piece of fabric and cut them afterwards. Once I had all my pattern pieces cut, before starting construction, I stay-stitched the necklines and the back centre seam within the seam allowance to avoid them stretching out of shape. Which by the way happened to my muslin, because I failed to do this.

To make sure I use the correct seam allowance on both sides, I’ve marked it on the facings before sewing them up. 

Once facing was sewn up, I overlocked the edges that I knew would be exposed to the world on the inside. Of course, I added my little label inside. I tend not to bother finishing the edges that are hidden in the facings as most of the times they get clipped and graded down to allow for the turn of cloth. 

Knowing that on the first version I made a mistake. I made sure to mark the corners on the facings so I get a more accurate corner and gone over the corner twice. 

I decided to under-stitch the facing as well, which, if I remember correctly it is suggested in the instructions as well. However, this was not sufficient to keep the facings from flapping out and annoying me to death. So I hand-stitched them in place to keep them flat. Hand sewing is not my favourite activity when sewing, but I came to appreciate it.

It was really fun for me to write a review for a magazine. However, I felt 300 words are not enough to express my views about this one and decided a more in-depth review is in order. 

 Below are a few pictures I was given from the photo shoot at the Sew Now studio. My make-up artist was Nina Nina Rochford ( Instagram @ninarochford) and being photographed by lovely Renata Stonyte ( Instagram @rentson).

Needless to say that I love this top even though the background is pink. The Italian linen is so soft on the skin and keeps one cool in the hot weather. I’ve been getting a lot of compliments on my cocktail glasses fabric. Though most of my close friends are still surprised I picked a pink fabric. I am totally not a pink kind of girl, but sometimes I make exceptions because I am definitely a cocktails kind of girl. 

This post first appeared on Sewing Adventures in the Attick blog 

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