Monday, May 18, 2015

Esme Top Finish

WOW!!! It seems like you all loved the striped shirt in the previous post. I've got hundreds of views from it. Thank you so much for stopping by! 
Onto the Esme top from Sew Liberated. I am so happy to finish it today. The pattern was quite simple. I have some tips to help make it easier for those who would like to give this pattern a try. Please note that all opinions are my own. I am not paid to review this pattern. I bought it for my own use.

Here's me modeling the top. Pardon the no face shot. One day you'll see my whole self modeling the garments I sew. As you can see below, the top is really comfortable. I would have liked the neckline and shoulders a little bit smaller. I made four buttonholes for the real buttons. The pattern suggest real or faux buttons. In my opinion because of how low the neckline is, real buttons are needed.  Something to consider when marking with a blue water soluble pen. I have not had any luck with it coming off with water. They pop right back up after the fabric is dry so make sure to test it before marking the buttonholes. Nothing like ruining your garment and have to start over. Ok, I didn't start over. The buttonhole stitch covered up the blue markings.

Here's a close-up. You can see the gathers. Although I love the fabric, I think that if you go with a print that is light or not too busy then the gathers would show up much better.
A word about attaching the sleeves to the top. The direction does not tell you to sew easing stitches before attaching to the bodice. You really need to sew those easing stitches or it won't fit right. I also sewed two rows of gathering stitches to the bottom of the sleeve while the seams were open. This makes life easier then trying to sew around a small tube.

These are the gathers for the front. I serged the seams together and pressed it down towards the lower bodice. I feel this seam allowance and all others should be trimmed down a bit so there's not a lot of excess fabric on the inside of the top when you're wearing it.

When I was sewing the bib and the shoulder seams together, I ran into a bit of a problem because I serged both seams together so the best thing to do was serge the seam allowances separately. After I had the shoulder seams together, I went back and serged both seam allowances together as close I can to the shoulder seam.  See the two inch unfinished seam?

All together, I was quite happy with the pattern. I do wish that there were more illustrations. It would really help a newbie with garmentmaking. Now off to make one for my daughter.

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1 comment:

Melissa said...

That is a really lovely top! I think the buttons are the perfect color to compliment. Great job!