I made two tops using the StyleArc 'Milly' pattern. The shorter one for me...
...and the longer one for my Mum for her birthday. I also made her a Jalie jacket, which I blogged about here.
Here's Mum's top:
Both tops are size 10 and are made exactly according to the pattern instructions (not like me, I know - ok I did change the way I attached the neckline) with the two suggested sleeve lengths and hem lengths. I made both tops from two metres of beautiful bamboo knit fabric from Fabulous Fabrics. I originally bought 2m to make Mum's top, then realised as I was cutting it out that I could get a second, shorter top with short sleeves out of the fabric as well - score!
I have made this pattern before (see it here as a dress). That time was more of a trial run before I used the expensive fabric. It turned out so much better using good quality fabric. It was also easier to make the second time as I'd worked out how to sew the pin tucks, which are the only really tricky part of this pattern. Here are some pictures of the pin tucks being sewed:
|Pintucks from front. Left side ironed (line up with neckline edge), right side not ironed.|
|Pintucks: wrong side of fabric|
Mum is really pleased with her top. I made it after she had admired this Seed top.
Would you believe that she went out and bought the Seed top the day before I gave this to her!!!??? In the end she tried on my top and the Seed top and the family consensus was that mine was a better colour and length for her so she took the other one back to Seed. Phew!
I'm also thrilled with my shorter version. It's flattering and so comfortable to wear. I definitely recommend this pattern.