Well, I have been on an extra long blogging hiatus! However, that does not mean that I have stopped sewing! I have so many gems that are just waiting to be shared… but for today, may I introduce my version of Victory Pattern’s Roxanne Top. *Ta-Da*
I love Victory Patterns! I’ve made a few Victory patterns so far and I’m really excited to see what Kristiann will come up with next!
I’ve been looking forward to trying out this pattern for a while – I’ve always been very taken by the collar. I got the pattern as a present for christmas and it quickly made it’s way to the top of my sewing list!
The collar was definitely the most challenging part of the top! Generally I find Victory’s instructions very clear to understand, but for the collar part I found it a little bit confusing, and I kept on looking online for some sort of sewing tutorial – no dice… I was working on it for for some time, getting kind of frustrated and just had to give up for a while! But, like most things in life, once I came back to it with a clear head, it came together beautifully. I sort of ditched the instructions and went with my instinct. It was well worth the effort because I think it is such a lovely delicate detail that makes whole piece so special.
I got this fabric ages ago, it is Tana Lawn Liberty that I ordered online from Shaukat in London. I actually can’t remember the name of the print (if anyone knows the name of it please let me know if the comments!) I often impulse buy fabric that I love, then hang onto it for ages, just waiting for the right pattern to come along – I’m sure many of you can relate!
When I finished the top, I found it to be a little too baggy for my taste… I prefer clothes that are a bit fitted, like empire waist. I think that loose style is more flattering on taller women. I decided to sew in strings (that I made from the same fabric) onto each side of the top so I could tie it at the back. I think it makes for a beautiful silhouette. I also love the gathering on the back of the top and I think the tying accentuates the pleats.
That’s my share for today! What do you think? Have you made this top? I’ve seen so many beautiful versions out in the blogosphere – I’d love to see yours!