Finally here is the draped top I have been working on… I finished it three weeks ago but it took me longer than expected to take pictures and finally post them here.
I am following the Pattern Review format so I can cover all the info instead of blabbing away 🙂
S-L I made a size M.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Although the pattern doesn’t include instructions, I followed the Draped Top instructions Paco posted on his blog. I highly reccomend following the sequence he suggests because the result is much better. I didn’t when I made the muslin so I can tell. And remember to sew the bias binding before sewing the side seams…someone (shame on me!) forgot and had to patch it up.
The only part I struggled with has been the yoke. I couldn’t remember the best way to assemble it to avoid its bulging up…I kept on looking for ways to sew a V neck but eventually found the answer at Sewaholic (I am sure Paco would have kindly replied to my enquiries but I didn’t want to bother him for something so trivial…and admit to a pro like him how much I still have to learn)
As for the hem finishing, Paco and his haute couture tutorial came to the rescue. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I actually so the neat hemline.
The zipper top is not perfect…although I had used the technique for my flared skirt here I simply forgot…It’s a shame since I even found a color-matching zipper!
I have been wanting to make a draped top for a couple of years and this was just the perfect pattern. I love the original V inset.
The cut is very flattering at the side seams…not those boxy tops but a more feminine top.
I loved the challenge of sewing with silk. To be honest ironing it was a pain (you can see some imperfections), however the finished product feel on the skin is great.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Not much. I took the side seams in by 1/2 inch. I lenghtened the hemline. The pattern includes a 2 inch hem. I basically hemmed it for a total 1/2 inch.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes…as the warm weather comes round I hope to find more great silk to make another top. If you ever wanted to try sewing with “slippery fabrics” this pattern is a great starting point. Paco put together a tutorial for that.
A bonus is the pattern paper used in this pattern: it’s not the brown flimsy paper but sturdy paper which to me is much better.
This is my first Paco Peralta pattern and I am really happy I waited for this top to be released before buying it with the Unique Jacket Pattern. It’s a simple yet unique top.
By the way: I have just noticed the draped top pattern is 50% off this weekend…have a look if you like. What a funny coincidence.
And now back to my Couture Dress muslin! I wish you a stress-free sewing weekend.