This is my second Bridget Top, the newest pattern from Designer Stitch. The first one I made was with the split sleeves and as much I like that one, this one is really my favorite! I bought this fabric maybe a year ago with a top like this in my mind, it has great drape and I love the texture.
I used the same bodice from the blue version but obviously with other sleeves. I was going for a relax fit, to let the fabric drape nice so I made no waist darts at the front and back. From my original size two, starting from the lower bust leg I started to blend to size 4, and at the hips to size 6. Sizing up at the waist and hips made it possible to eliminate the zipper back closure. The neckline is finished with a single fold bias, instead of the original facing. I saw this very nice explained in the Craftsy Class Sewing on the Edge, with Lynda Maynard, a lot of finishing techniques there, also for fine and sheer fabrics.
As in the pattern, the spiral flounce is double, but because I was afraid that that will make it to heavy I just made it from one layer and made a baby rolled hem. After trying a few times with the rolled hem foot and every time with disastrous results I made it without that foot, using the standard foot of the sewing machine and a method similar to this but without the second stitching line. It went great, the fabric pressed pretty easy so that helped.
I made french seams for the side seams for a clean finish and to made them more resistant to stress.
How cool is this skin smoothing thing for Photoshop :)....really cool I think, hahaha.
So, I am very happy with this blouse! The fabric was perfect for this pattern and I really want to give a try to another option of the Bridget Top, the gathered flutter sleeve ( part of the short sleeve pack ), all the testers versions are so inspiring!
The Bridget Top is now on Sale for a limited time and if you want all 7 sleeve options you can use the coupon code SLEEVEADDON to enable the second Bridget pattern to be purchased at 1/2 price =$4.50 US
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