Ruffle Hem Knit Top in Organic Soy Knit
Pattern: Katherine Tilton for Vogue 8691 Ruffle Hem Top
Description: Semi-fitted tops A, B, C, D have scoop neckline, neckband, princess seams, shaped, ruffled hemline flounce and long sleeves, topstitching and raw edge hem finish.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, it did look like the cover picture once it was all said and done!
Were the instructions easy to follow? In general the instructions were good, but they weren't very clear in regards to the different flounce options.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? Bonnie liked all the variations and possibilities of combining different knit fabrics and ruffle hems. It's also a very comfortable shirt to wear and looks great on. She didn't like the full cut of the pattern in the hip area, and felt that the sizing was inaccurate - she had to go down a size despite checking her measurements against the finished measurements on the pattern.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Armhole alterations ( ), took in the sleeves. According to her measurements, Bonnie is a size 14, but she ended up cutting down to a size 12.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Bonnie would sew it again, but would probably make the view without the zipper, and decrease the fullness at hip and hem area.
Conclusion: This is a cute and comfortable top that has a lot of room for creativity. Bonnie would add the disclaimer though that with the modifications she had to made (and the sometimes vague instructions), this is not an "easy" pattern as designated by Vogue!
A classic, structured men's shirt pattern can be hard to find. Luckily, the Walden line from Colette Patterns features some great clothing and gear for the rugged outdoorsmen of the Pacific Northwest. They are also stylish looks for the less rugged among us! Bonnie made a sample of the Negroni, a classic button-up shirt that features flap pockets and some snazzy pearl snaps. Here are her thoughts on the pattern:
"For men that like a classic, slightly retro shirt with a more modern cut, this shirt pattern is just the thing. The instructions will guide you gently through every step of creating a well-crafted casual shirt: felled seams, a lined back yoke, and sleeve plackets on the long sleeve version. Subtle details include a convertible collar (also known as a "camp collar") and midcentury style collar loop detail.
This shirt can be made in a variety of fabrics, such as crisp shirting, warm flannel for winter, or cool rayon for summer. Check out the pattern info for more details and suggested fabrics.
Version 1 has long sleeves finished with a placket and cuff. Version 2 has short sleeves."
XS - 2XL
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions were good, although Bonnie used a different technique than suggested for the flat-felled seams. (This is the benefit of 30+ years of sewing experience!)
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Bonnie liked that it was a more slender cut than most men's shirt patterns, which gives it a modern feel.
Bonnie used this beautiful (and manly) 100% cotton Buffalo Plaid from Robert Kaufman. It has a nice hand and is easy to work with. It does wrinkle some.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
For some fun detailing, Bonnie cut the yoke, pockets, flaps, and cuffs on the bias. Instead of using buttons, she used black pearl snaps to give it a good Western look.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes definitely, to both!
The Negroni is a great update on a classic shirt. Bonnie liked the use of the flat-felled seams to create a more polished finish on the inside and allow for top-stitched detailing. The sleeve plackets were easy to place given the instructions provided and the pattern piece design worked well.
We'll be sewing up a lot more of these for the fellas in our lives!
Our wonderful seamstress, Bonnie Thompson, made The Sewing Workshop Stella Top in our pink bamboo knit. The fabric is a technical charcoal-bamboo and polyester blend that wicks moisture away from the body -- making it great for long underwear. But, it's also reversible and gorgeous, so Bonnie correctly thought it would work well for this top.
The Sewing Workshop Stella Top Pattern Review:
The Sewing Workshop Stella Top, available in our shop here, can be made out of knit or woven fabric. Bonnie's pink fabric is a two-way stretch, so we think it's perfect for a pattern drafted for both knits and wovens. A four-way stretch fabric would likely lead to an overly large Stella Top.
Bonnie lengthened the pattern to make it more of a tunic than a shirt, and she lengthened the sleeves. She warns that "wrist length" sleeves are shorter than long sleeves -- be sure to check the sleeve length before you cut out your fabric.
Bonnie loves the pattern, and we love it on her! She especially liked the flat-felled seam and the neck cowl. She also created cuffs for the hems to showcase the wrong side of the pink bamboo knit fabric. Not much of the wrong side shows on the cowl.
I have a few "tried and true" (TNT) patterns, and The Sewing Workshop's Liberty Shirt is one of them. Not only is the shirt well drafted with interesting details, but Linda Lee also guides us through its construction in her Sewing with Silks Craftsy class, a GREAT class. I have made this shirt in a stiff silk from China, and in a lightweight rayon. Today's version is made of Robert Kaufman's Brussels Washer Linen in yarn-dyed red. Brussels Washer is 55 percent linen and 45 percent rayon. It's washable and dry-able, but it does shrink. My Merchant and Mills Factory Girl Dress is also made with Brussels Washer Linen, and I have washed and dried it many many times. I wish I could claim that the rayon keeps the fabric from wrinkling, but you can tell from the photos that it does not.
The only alteration I made to this pattern was lengthening the sleeves. Looking at the photo below, I think I should do a small Full Bust Adjustment. The buttons across my bust are gaping a little. Or, perhaps I just need to make sure a button is located at my bust point (much easier!).
Because this was the third time I made this shirt, it came together quickly and smoothly. I cut and mostly sewed it at the sewing retreat I attended in March. It was a great antidote to my struggles with fitting the J Jeans.
I don't consciously put patterns on my TNT list, or plan to make multiples of them, it just happens. I'm sure it will happen again with this one. I think my next Liberty Shirt will be a lightweight, drapey fabric. Perhaps even silk!
Do you have TNT patterns? Do you love how quickly the go together?
As I’ve mentioned before, my Dad gave me a few yards of beautiful Chinese silk he bought in Japan in the 1950’s. I wanted to make a jacket with it, and I needed assistance. Next thing I knew, I received an email from Craftsy alerting me to a new class – Sewing with Silks with Linda Lee. Perfect! I bought the class on the spot.
I love Craftsy, and I have enrolled in many Craftsy classes, but not all of the classes are perfect for me. The Sewing with Silks class was one of my favorites. Linda is an amazing seamstress and an amazing teacher. I sewed along with every step and created a beautiful silk jacket. I then grabbed a black and white silk-like fabric from my stash and followed along with Linda to make a flowy shirt. The class comes with The Sewing Workshop’s Liberty Shirt Pattern. In her class, Linda not only teaches her students how to sew with a slippery fabric, but also how to top stitch like a pro, how to do French seams, and how to make perfect mitered corners. If you want to make a blouse that looks like it cost $500 inside and out, I recommend this class!