Hello everyone, IT’S MAY!!!! How on earth did this happen? I had hoped it would be warm and sunny by now, however it’s been rather cold, wet and dreary. I’m not going to complain it’s been much too dry and my garden has been really suffering. ENOUGH OF THE WEATHER - ON TO THE SEWING!!!

I made the Saraste Top out of the new book Breaking the Pattern by Named Clothing. I pre- ordered the book last year and was super excited when it arrived, the patterns are really modern, on trend and have lots of different variations. I really wanted to make the Saraste Top when I first saw it, it also comes as a dress and you can chose to make it with or without sleeves. I chose to make up the sleeveless version, with the ruffle. As for the fabric, I chose this luscious Lawn by Atelier Brunette in a pale pink/peach colorway. The fabric is soft, breathable and lovely to work with – however you really need to steam it, when pressing.

When I bought the book, the girls from Named had said that the option to download the patterns as PDFs and Copyshop Files would be activated in a few weeks, something I had totally forgotten, which is why I ended up tracing this pattern. I NEVER TRACE ANYTHING. The size chart is on the first few pages of the book and Named, who usually use the European sizing (34,36,38 etc.) chose to use the UK/US sizing (2, 4, 6 etc.) I chose my size and traced off the pattern. To be honest right from the get go, I felt something was wrong with my size, but I was going on holiday, and really wanted to finish the top in time to add it to my holiday wardrobe.

I adore the way you make the ruffle, how you put the top together and how the ruffle is attached to the top. I used French seams throughout the top, the finishing is really neat and looks super professional. I made my own bias tape to finish the armholes and the hems, which makes the top, even more special (yes, I am obviously biased!). I had saved some very special vintage, buttons for a special top and managed to make 9 perfect buttonholes (THIS NEVER HAPPENS!) – and then I put on the top. IT WAS WAY TO SMALL!!!!! I could have cried. I couldn’t button it up, it was too tight under the arms and was also too short. This was the time, I finally checked the size I had traced off…. I somehow managed to read the wrong column… the top was 2 sizes too small and I was devastated. I couldn’t believe I made such a silly mistake!

I went on holiday and then ordered more of the fabric from the Minerva site and it arrived, before I got home. I checked the size chart 5 times (!!!), made sure I chose the right size and traced off the pattern once again. I think putting the entire top together took about 2 hours, which included making my own bias binding. I chose to use French seam throughout the top again, I really love how that looks and used some vintage glass buttons I had in my stash. Then it was time to put on the shirt – AND IT FIT!!! I was so happy! I really love the playful ruffle, the lovely fabric works really well with jeans and I predict, that I will be living in this top once summer swings round.

As for the first top, that was way too small? I’m sending it to my sister, who will most definitely fit into it =) Wishing you all a great weekend!

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