I’m Simona and this month I return to the Minerva Crafts blogger network with a simple and fun make. When I saw this green Atelier Brunette Embroidered Double Gauze Cotton, I just fell in love. And the perfect pattern to go with it for me was Gaia from I AM Patterns, a French indie designer. The fabric has gold polka dots embroidered, so it seemed befitting to use Gold Bias Tape (How cool! Someone thought of making sparkly bias tape) for the facings as well. 

Before cutting into my precious fabric, I decided to make a wearable muslin to make sure it fits the way I want. In the last few months I’ve had a few disasters because I was too impatient and did not check the fit first. I cut a size 40 and did a sway back adjustment to start with. Once I completed my wearable garment I noticed that the top does not sit flat on my shoulder, so I thought that if I take a wedge on the shoulder seam it will solve my problem. (I measured 1 cm on the shoulder pattern pieces and drew a new line going into nothing at the neckline, in effect shortening the armhole by 2 cm).

Because this top is really simple I did not need to use the instructions other than checking measurements. After sewing the shoulder seams on both the facing and the garment I attached the facing and used my pinking shears to clip/notch the curves while removing the excess fabric from the seam allowance.

For me under-stitching the facing is not enough because the facing is still flapping about. And since topstitching was not an option, I hand stitched it into place so that there are no visible stitches on the outside of the garment. 

My second Gaia was done in no time. I think it took me about 2 to 3 hours to make from cutting the fabric to wearing it. I don’t usually time myself when sewing and I tend to work on more than one project at the same time, so I never know how much time I spend on one project.

I love this little number, I’ve been wearing it a lot since finishing it a few weeks ago. It’s simple, fun, elegant (especially the version with the ribbon ties), it does not take a lot of fabric, less than a meter and comes together fast. And to top it all off it is quite versatile. Depending on the fabric it’s made of it can be incorporated in casual or elegant outfits.

Sewing Summary:

Pattern: Gaia by I AM Patterns is a sleeveless cami top with a V-shaped neckline. Ribbon is used to gather the fabric at the shoulder’s.

Sizing:  EU 36 to 46  (for my make I cut a size 40)

Fabric:   0.85 m Atelier Brunette Stardust fabric=

Notions:  2m gold bias tape 1cm wide (double fold)

Modifications: did a sway back of 1cm at the centre back, and later after making a wearable toile, I took a wedge 1 cm at the shoulder point going into nothing at the neckline. Also, I used a 3 cm deep hem, rather than the 2 cm as instructed.

Fit:  good. Apart from the neckline and armholes there is not much else to fit as the top is a loose garment.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?:  yes

Watch out for:   this pattern is so simple and beginner friendly that I did not find faults with it.

Make Again?: yes, I’ll be making many more versions of this. It’s been added to my list of TNT (Tried and tested patterns list).

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post. And please do share your makes on Instagram/Twitter by tagging @MinervaCrafts and/or using the hashtag #MinervaMakes. I’d love to see what you create.

Simona @ Sewing Adventures in the Attick