I have had this pattern in my stash for a while now. I bought it with no real fabric in mind. I was attracted by the “statement collar” and the silhouette of the top which I thought will work well for my rectangular shape.
So when I saw a fun community challenge on Instagram called #SewJapaneseInJanuary, I was motivated to join. I knew I had a lot of leftover Japanese fabrics from more recent projects and I decided to pull out this gorgeous Nano Iron linen called “Chant Et Poesie.” I used this fabric before to make a wrap top which I reviewed at Pattern Review.
This fabric had a border print and asymmetrically distributed blocks with variegated hues of black, blue and green. There are barely visible scribbles in indigo.
Thoughts about the pattern:
*Sandra Betzina patterns are beginner-friendly. There are sewing tips included and the instructions cover not only the construction steps but also include specifics on finishing details.
*Depending on the fabric used, the style can go from casual to dressy. Imagine a brocade top combined with an organza collar. Or a ponte sweater knit with a faux-fur.
With that said, here are additional tips that will make sewing this pattern even faster!
*Make sure you have enough yardage of 3/8” wide elastic on hand. The pattern envelope says ½ yard is needed but in reality you will need more. Mine use 22.3”.
*If you want to place a specific part of your fabric on the collar, study the pattern piece. Consider the 5/8” seam allowance when you lay out the pattern piece on the fabric to make sure the print will show up after everything has been sewn together.
I love how my top turned out. I styled it with a pair of high waisted linen pants which I made last summer. I'm pretty sure this won't be the last you'll see of this pattern!