For my second project as part of the Spring Top Sewalong over at Made by Rae, I finally made a top that’s been on my mind for some time. Last Summer I fell in love with this Liberty print blouse from Sessùn (no longer available). A ‘smidge’ outside my budget, I set off on a hunt for a similar pattern so that I could make my own. There are a few lovely Peter Pan collared patterns available from independent designers (Violet by Colette, Banksia by Megan Nielsan), but none had quite the fit I wanted or specifically, the scoop neck.
In the end, I went for a pattern from New Look (6104) and decided to have a go at drafting the collar myself. I chose the body from view A and sleeves from D.
Using the directions from Metric Pattern Cutting for Women’s Wear by Winifred Aldrich, drafting a collar was surprisingly simple!
I then used the neckline binding from the pattern to bind the inside of the collar / body seam (just visible in the photo below).
Overall, I’m pretty pleased with the result, although I think it could be a teeny bit larger on the bust. The fit it pretty good though and I’ll definately use the pattern again, but I may do a muslin of the next size up first. 🙂
The fabric is Echino Chelsea by Etsuko Furuya in Deer Forest Purple which I’ve had for maybe 3 years now, waiting for the ‘perfect’ project. Once I get the sizing right, I may treat myself to some Liberty fabric, to more closely recreate the original inspiration top!