When you’ve been sewing a little while, you start to realise that the vast majority of clothes are made in a very similar way. You can recognise a top pattern straight away, and make it up without instructions (darts, shoulder seams, finish the neckline, side seams, finish the armholes, hem…). In some ways this is really cool, because you can get really fast and start to do fun adaptations. In other ways, it’s a little boring.
AND THEN ALONG CAME THE SEAMSTER DANDELION PATTERN.
Yet again, I’m late on this one, but let’s just say when I got the Dandelion pattern from Mari at Seamster Patterns as part of Sewing Indie Month, I was bedazzled. Folks, this is made like no top you’ve ever seen before.
It all starts pretty innocently. Ooh, that looks like a pretty raglan sleeve top! Those side panels are kinda quirky, but cool
Then you see the pattern pieces. Err……
And then you see the instructions! *BOOM* Brain meltdown.
There’s no arguing about it: the Dandelion top is crazily innovative. The main thing to note is that there is basically no side seam. Instead, there’s a triangle-ish shaped side panel that becomes the dart in the front of the pattern, wraps around your side, and then joins in with the back dart! To Mari’s immense credit, the instructions are actually very simple to follow and I didn’t have any trouble at all putting it together.
As if that weren’t cool enough. Mari has also increased the cup size as she goes up sizes, so miraculously the 3XL fit my bust perfectly, and I graded down to 2XL everywhere else. You want more? OK, it comes with a *built in* sway-back adjustment (the center back seam is far from straight) which means it scoops into my back in a most pleasing manner.
The result is a totally unique top, which I made in a blue seagull cotton from Grey’s Fabrics and a very lightweight slightly stretchy denim I picked up in Metro Textiles when I was last in NYC:
I made view B2, with the sweetheart neckline, which —- wait for it —- I scooped out a bit more. It’s finished with a facing, which isn’t my favourite type of edge finishing but there are really not many other alternatives for this type of neckline, and since I sewed it down at the seams it hasn’t done too much flipping.
That’s a whole lot of innovation for a humble summer top, but it was so fun to do something a little different. There are all sorts of ways you could show off the crazy seam lines – they would show up really well in a solid colour with piping, and the potential for colour blocking is huge.
On a side note: I was also rejoicing today because I was wearing shorts *and it wasn’t freezing*. Yes, proper Spring has come to the South End, and the whole place is full of pink and white blossom. Joy!
Lastly, thanks to my fellow Bostonian bloggy cohort Katy & Laney for the photos – we managed not only to climb all over the stoops of our neighbours, but also play hide and seek with Katy’s phone, have a near-miss with the garbage guys, and get catcalled from a passing car. All in a day’s work, ladies!
Have you ever made the Dandelion top, dear readers? Do you know any other crazily innovative patterns to add to your everyday casual wardrobe? Are you sewing a Seamster Pattern for the Everyday Casual contest? I’m all ears!
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