Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Seeing double



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.



8 comments:

  1. Nice tops and nice to see this pattern made up in the tunic length. I plan to buy it once the new June freebie is up because I have an almost identical RTW top that I love. Unlike your mum I think it's too late to return mine. :)

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    1. Thank you :) I'll keep an eye out for yours when you've made it. I wonder what the next freebie will be....

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  2. I really like your top. I don't think I would have looked twice at this pattern without seeing it made up.

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    1. I am really pleased with it and only made it because my Mum wanted this style. Now, I'm so happy that I have one too and I can see myself making it again in a different colour. Thanks so much for your comment.

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  3. Hi Megan!
    I had to look up your Milli top. You are right about this pattern. It has a really nice fit, especially the upper chest. Thanks for your insight on my blog!

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    1. Hi Claire, thank you for stopping by. I really enjoyed seeing your top and comparing it with the StyleArc one. It's always interesting to do a bit of sewing analysis!

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  4. I'm really impressed with what you've done with the Milly pattern. I am getting ready to work on a Milly shirt and wondered if you stabilized the pin tucks before sewing? Any other advice on the pin tucks would be appreciated. Thanks.

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    1. Hi Cindy, thank you for your comment. The pin tucks are definitely the most difficult part of this top. However, the zig-zags at the neckline really help you to see how they fold, as the zig-zags form a smooth line when the pin tucks are folded correctly. I pressed and basted the pin tucks in place before sewing the neckline. I hope that helps. Best of luck with yours :)

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