I hope you, your families and your friends are all healthy and in good spirits. For me sewing has definitely kept me going and kept me sane, during a very strange period we are all going through.

I cannot believe that another month has passed and it’s that time again when I return to Minerva with another project. As the warmer weather is upon us, I felt the need to make myself a summer top, and this lovely Vogue V1630-Today’s Fit by Sandra Betzina top fit the bill for me. To give myself a bit of a challenge, I used ribbon embroidered chiffon for the outer layer and some green peachskin polyester as the chiffon is see through.

Until I got the fabric I thought making this little top will be a walk in the park. However, chiffon is not the easiest fabric to work with, it as a very loose weave and moves a lot. I had to rely on my knowledge of working with chiffon: I used the machine to baste the folds for the hems, also hand basted layers together before sewing them on the machine and for the hems on the chiffon pieces I used a narrow zig-zag stitch rather than a straight stitch. This is not something I like doing, but I wanted a good finish, I had to do.  I traced the piece labelled 2A (which shows the stitching lines for the back neckline), pined and hand basted the darn thing into place before I went anywhere near the machine with it).

Considering that the top is made out of 3 rectangles (two for the front and one for the back) this top is quite cleverly made. For this one, I used my bust measurement and ignored the waist and hip measurements in picking the sized to cut.  The only modification was to stitch the side seam an extra 3 cm as 5 cm seemed a little to short.

What I like about this top most is how the accent layer underneath make the top look asymmetric and fun by playing around with the positioning of the top and back layer.

Although the back of the top has only layer in chiffon(which is see through) you cannot tell. I’m also wearing a nude bra so that helps.

However I found that even though I stitched the side seams 3 cm longer than on the original pattern they are still to short. Might add a few more cm going down.  Would not bee a good idea to wear this top on it’s won on a windy day.

I think this is quite a versatile little top. For this post I went sporty, but I think it would also look good with a pencil skirt. Or if you add more length to it so it could be worn with leggings.


Sewing Summary:

Pattern: Today’s Fit by Sandra Betzina V1630 -  very loose pullover top A with visible contrast underlay. Pull-on trousers B, C with elasticated waistband,  topstitching and pockets. I made only view A.

Sizing:  A (all sizes included in one envelope) – A to J

Fabric: 1.8 m of ribbon embroidered chiffon and 1 m of green peachskin polyester

Notions:  instructions require stay tape (I used none) for the top and 1.4 m of 6 mm elastic (to account for the larger sizes but for smaller sizes 1.4 m is too much)

Modifications: Using my bust measurements I cut size C. The only adjustment I made was to sew the side seams an extra 3 cm as only 8 cm did not seem enough.  Keep in mind that I am only 1.57 m (5ft2) tall, and I wanted the top to be longer on me.

Instructions:  fairly easy to follow and the diagrams help to understand how everything goes together.

Fit:  OK

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?:  Yes and now. I feel the top is a little more fitted on me than the one the model wears on the pattern envelope.

Watch out for:  It might seem strange that for this top you do the hems before you start the actual construction, but that’s because the edges of the rectangles are visible in the finished garment.

Make Again?:   Yes, now that I figured how to do the neckline, I’d like to make a few more. 

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

Simona @ Sewing Adventures in the Attick