Hi Minerva crafters, lately I have been thinking a lot about my sewing projects and how I want to take more thoughtful decisions about what I make, having a look at my wardrobe It is easy to notice that it lacks of me made tops and that is because if I have a fabric that is enough to make a dress I will make a dress and not a top even if initially I might have bought the fabric to make a top. I want to change that so this time for my Minerva Crafts blog posts I have chosen to make only blouses.

For the first project I chose a Vogue Sewing Pattern, it's from the wardrobe collection and it's V9351, this pattern was love at first sight as I find all the garments included here to be gorgeous and would like to make all of them at some point. It includes the following patterns: Jacket, Top, Dress, Pants and Jumpsuit, it does have everything and having a look at the other patterns of this collection I think this is the only one that is so complete.

Since my goal is to make more tops I chose off course View B which is a close fitting top with notch detail at the neckline, back zipper, princess seams, two-piece raglan sleeve and side slit.

I chose is this lovely white Cotton Poplin Fabric, which is great for structured tops and shirts. It is medium to light weight and I wanted it to be white as I love wearing white in winter, plus it goes with everything.

According to the measurements on the pattern I am a size 18 in the bust and 20 in the waist and hips, from my past experience with the big4 patterns I knew I had to go down 2 sizes so I made size 16, this is a close fitting top but I'm not sure if size 16 is the best for me, maybe if I had made 18 it would fit a bit better. It is really comfortable wearing it but seeing the pictures I think I might have needed some more ease in the back.

As for the construction, this pattern has so many seams as front and back have princess seams and central seam, the sleeves are also 2 pieced sleeves so it is a lot of seaming, despite that though I find this pattern is not difficult at all as it just has straight seams, ok princess seams have a curve but in general it is not difficult to make at all despite the fact that I decided to edgestitch and topstitch every seam. I learned this from V1404 pattern that used to finish the seams by edgestitching, topstitching and then trimming the seam allowance and that's what I did here too.

Now what I found not practical at all about this pattern was the back zipper, I knew that having the zipper on the back would prevent me wearing this top as often as I want as it would be fiddling to get in and out of it so my first thought was to have the zipper on the front, I also considered sewing the zipper on the side and add a couple of buttons in the back neck to allow my head to get in the blouse but I went for my initial thought as it was the easiest.

All in all, I really love my white top, I like to wear it on it's own or with one of my hand knitted vests.

Take care,

Aida