Bonnie made the Merchant and Mills Top 64 in plaid flannel, and my daughter, Charlotte, modeled it for us.
The Top #64 can be interpreted as a workwear garment, an artist’s smock, or a smart jumper. With in-seam pockets, it is Merchant and Mills’ take on the style and function of a fisherman’s top.
UK 8 to 18
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Bonnie felt the actual pattern was much fuller than the photo suggested. Bonnie made a size 8 and graded out to a size 10 in the bust.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Bonnie loved the pattern, but suggests checking the finished measurements to account for the fullness. You may want to size down.
Plaid flannel in red and green from The Confident Stitch. The fabric is sold out, but any of our plaid flannels would work great. Bonnie enjoyed sewing with the fabric, but the plaid matching was challenging.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Bonnie added one inch in length to both the bottom front and the bottom back. Bonnie is 5’ 2”, and the top looks like a tunic on her. Charlotte, our model, is 6’ tall, which is why the top doesn’t look overly long on her! Bonnie eliminated the front and back center seams so she didn’t have to match plaids in those spots. She cut the bottom front and bottom back on the bias, and used the selvedge as trim on the bottom and the neckline.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Bonnie loves this pattern, and the many ways to vary it. Kate made it in two colors of Brussels Washer Linen Blend and blogged about it here.
Conclusion about Merchant and Mills Top 64 in Plaid Flannel:
Both Bonnie and Kate will sew this pattern again!