So I’ve been absent for a couple of weeks… at least from this blog. I’ve been busy, busy, busy behind the scenes. Building.
That word again.
I’ve been playing around in my studio and have a couple of tutorials planned. One I’ll publish here and one I’ll post over at Craft Gossip. Both are scrappy and colorful and a little bit free form. But enough about that…
What I spent most of my time was pattern testing for a couple of talented pattern designers!
One of the patterns I had the chance to test is the new Paulina top by Itch 2 Stitch, and it just released today so I can show you my pictures.
It’s a loose fit raglan sleeve top, but with a fun twist. The front of the top has cutout sides and a contrasting layer underneath. The raglan sleeves and the deep cutouts feel sporty, but with a woven contrast peeking out it’s a little dressy. It’s pulled together casual. Perfect for running about town or heading up to my daughter’s school.
I felt the fit was pretty much spot on. Based on my measurements, I made a size 2 at the top and blended out to an 8 at the hip. Her sizing chart is normal, that’s just how much hip I have. I’m all about the bass, bout the bass… lol.
The addition of the cutouts and the contrasting layer makes this a little bit more complex than a basic raglan top, but her instructions are easy to follow and her illustrations make the construction easy to understand. I think her rating of confident beginner+ is accurate.
I used a white interlock knit (medium weight) for my main fabric and repurposed a man’s button-up shirt for the contrast layer. I liked the idea of having a button placket peeking out of the bottom of the shirt.
One thing to keep in mind if you choose to go this route: The button placket doesn’t like to bend, so it’s kind of difficult to get an accurate cut on the fold. I would tracing the pattern for the front cutout so it can be cut as a single layer (no fold required).
Thank you, Kennis, for allowing me to test the Paulina! It is such a cute top! I enjoyed the process and can’t wait to see what pattern you dream up next!!