In my previous post about ‘Sleevefest’ I mentioned very briefly about the final two sponsors and the prizes they are offering.
Well, one of them is from my lovely friend Helen over at Valentine & Stitch.com who not only blogs about sewing but along with her husband Rich (the other half of V&S and a computer genius), designs PDF patterns mostly for knit fabrics. In my eyes, Helen is Superwoman...she juggles family life with another job, besides designing fab patterns like a sewing ninja and from what I can gather cooks amazing cakes too...if you've read her story telling of the time I first contacted her about working on Sleevfest with me you'll know what I mean hehe!
So may I introduce to you the V&S Angelina top. This pattern will be offered as one of the final two prizes, but not only that...It will be a bespoke pattern made to your own personal measurements...how cool is that! The pattern's many variations are for a sleeveless top and dress, or a top and dress with full, flouncy sleeves in elbow or shorter lengths. More details can be found on Helen and Rich's website.
I decided to make the top version with the longer sleeve (I wanted All. The. Flounce!) and the fabric I chose from my stash is a viscose and lycra blend from Clothspot, which I bought over a year ago. It has a nice weighty feel for a lightweight jersey and drapes well.
The PDF pattern that I printed off came in nested sizes of XXS, XS, S, M, L and XL and after studying the size chart I was a little in between sizes so I decided to grade between the M and S . I kept the length exactly as per the medium size though. The fit for me was great at bust and waist and the length felt perfect. Just for reference I’m a smidge over 5’5” tall. I love how the pattern subtly shapes in through the waist area which is sooooo flattering.
Now, the shoulder line is cut to be generous in width for a little more coverage in the sleeveless version which I love the look of, yet when I set in my sleeve, I found that I preferred mine to be a little higher set onto my shoulder. This is purely personal preference and my solution was to simply grade the shoulder width to a narrower size. The other little tweak was to just lower the neckline a little and as a result I had to lengthen the neckband by 2”. I had no problems following the clear instructions for making up and when it came to the neckband I went for the fold-to-the-outside method and finished with a row of stitching. I wanted to use a twin needle but my machine wouldn’t oblige and I got skipped stitches, so one row it is.
I finished the bottom of my sleeves with a zig zag stitch on a very narrow hem for a different look. Had I got enough thread I would have loved to use a roll hem done on my overlocker, but you know how it is...that feeling of wanting to finish a project and not to have to go out to buy more thread :)
All in all I love this top and it feels fabulous on. The fit is lovely and really flattering.
If you fancy getting your hands on this pattern straight away without waiting to see if you win it on Sleevefest I'm really pleased to be able to offer my readers a special 15% discount that runs from now through to next Friday 14th July 23:59 hrs. Just use the code DCS15. Enjoy!
Ok, so you’ve heard all about the Angelina. Now I can tell you about the other prize being offered along with it for the voting part on Sleevefest. It comes from Sew Essential, who are offering a £25 gift voucher to spend online with them. They have an amazing website with a vast array of stock, in fact it’s more of a superstore really. You will find everything for the sewist and crafter from sewing patterns to haberdashery, all the sewing tools you would ever need, sewing machines, fabrics and even a home decor equipment selection. So plenty to choose from for the lucky recipient. Good luck!
Finally, thanks for stopping by and having a read this week. I’ll be back soon with more sewing chat. ‘Til then, bye!