As I'm participating in a blog tour, showcasing some fantastic patterns and fabrics, there are also affiliate links. All the opinions are my own, and I'm only referring you to things I've tried and liked. Happy sewing :)
Hi Everyone! For those that might be visiting my blog for the first time, I'm Trish, a sewist from Ottawa Canada! Welcome to my crafty corner of the internet.
New to the blogger world, I was so excited to be given the opportunity to participate in the "Get Ready for Spring" blog tour hosted by Lo from Seams Sew Lo and Ellie and Mac Patterns!
From the patterns I really wanted to showcase a flowy, spring top - and the women's Be Flirty top pattern was perfect for the occasion! As an experiment, I've sewn up both views of the pattern, in two different fabrics, so that you can see the differences between them and how different fabric choices can affect the outcome.
First up - The Loose Fit View!
For this pattern I chose a dreamy and bright 10 oz Cotton Bamboo Jersey from Sew Lovely Fabrics Canada. I was super happy when this fabric arrived. I find with bamboo, it can be a bit dicey ordering online because sometimes it comes very thin or too "springy" for my taste - however this fabric was a dream to work with. Its very smooth, has a nice weight and soft hand. The colour was so vibrant!
The loose fit version I think will be perfect for warmer days. I wanted something bright and breatheable so I think I will get a lot of wear out of this when the weather warms. I will say - I think the fabric might have been a bit structured for this top, but it's still lovely. I think for the loose fit version of this top, you should maybe opt for something a bit more drapey.
Version 2 - The "Tight Fit Version"
My next version was the "Tight Fit" version, and for this I had to use a spring-time floral! I received this fabric for Christmas from my mother in law from Girl Charlee fabrics. I think the drape of this fabric suited the pattern a little better, but it was definitely thinner and finer. The only adjustments I made were to take in the pattern a little bit at the waist seam (about a half inch, each side) so that it was just a bit more fitted. I found otherwise it was sticking out at the sides a bit funny - I think this was due to the bulk/looseness of the seam, with such fine fabric.
I almost feel like an elegant ballerina in this top!
It was an interesting study in how different fabrics can make a pattern look and act so differently. With the bamboo cotton with more structure, I think I would prefer the more fitted view, and would have shortened the neckband just a bit. I'm happy I chose the view I did with the finer fabric, as I think the bulk of the seam might have been a bit tricky with the looser view. The neckband fit perfect.
As you can probably tell, it started snowing when we were taking these photos... sigh... I'm looking forward to Spring's arrival and getting the chance to wear these out and about with the tulips and daffodils! Only a few more weeks now...
What are you planning for your springtime wardrobe? I'm excited to be participating in Seamwork Magazine's "Design your Dream Wardrobe" series starting the 19th - Have you signed up yet?
Join Us On the Tour!
Please visit all the stops on the Get Ready for Spring Blog Tour featuring Ellie and Mac spring sewing patterns (35% of right now), hosted by Seams Sew Lo. Do no forget to enter the giveaway below too!
Self-taught sewist, Knitter, Crocheter, and all round crafty person from Ottawa, Canada.