If I continue to apply for testing patterns I will never get the time to get the rest of my list ever sewn ( that is only a very small part). It looks like I can`t say NO to testing calls from Designer Stitch and Itch to Stitch; the patterns are either for garments I like to wear either new styles that I would love to try.
This one is the newest pattern from Designer Stitch, the Eleni Top. Actually, it is a Top/Dress/ Maxi pattern, with different sleeves styles, with or without flounce, pockets for the dress and tunic version.
This is a style I never made/wore before. I thought that this is the kind of top that you are always fighting with it to keep it on the place but for that problem, I found a solution and now I really love it. Adding a little elastic at the underarm keeps this in place, so easy and so helpful! The top is made in size 4 ( US 8). For this version, I chose a cotton and while I think this fabric was a bit too stiff I think it looks nice and very summery. I opted for the 7/8 sleeve and to add a little extra to my rather boring fabric I inserted a white/silver/blue trim.
Very easy, I cut the sleeve and bodice pattern pieces 10 cm from the hem, serged the edges, turned under and then stitched the trim from the front using as a guide the edges of my trim.
I think the effect is really nice!
The Eleni top is actually really easy to make, in this cotton the most work was to attach the trim but for the rest was a piece of cake. As usual, the instructions are very clear, with illustrations and all you need to make this pattern in a bit.
I need to get some tan on my shoulders...this top is actually good for that but at this moment with 5-10 degrees this will stay a little longer in my closet, the same as my second version of this top, made in a delicious soft silk cotton, with short sleeves and flounce. It is so cold that I don`t even dare to wear it to get pictures, no need to get sick again!
And that is all I have to say about this. Happy I tried a new style!
The Eleni Top/Dress/Maxi at the Designer Stitch Shop
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