Georgia Tops by DesignerStitch Patterns

Amongst unselfish sewing for my girls I have been doing some sewing of my own, namely pattern testing* for DesignerStitch Patterns, again.

The Georgia top/dress is a comfy yet classy wardrobe staple. It has a boxy look, no darts so is easy to fit, with wide sleeves and optional back pleat. It gives you a good opportunity to mix fabrics and of course has the option of making a top or dress. There is also the layer feature so you only need to print the size(s) you need in addition to a copy shop printable version.

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For both of my versions I opted for the pleat-free back.

My first version was made during testing, using some not very friendly fabrics, navy premium faille (100% polyester) for the body, and navy 100% dance poly chiffon (100% polyester) for the yoke. I may have slightly used too much heat when pressing because I’m not sure if this sits quite right and there may have been some shrinkage of the fabrics. Pattern pieces are provided to make the neck binding.

It is a really quick sew, and like always, everything lines up perfectly and instructions are easy to understand.

My second version was planned as a dressier summer top, using would you believe, a bed sheet from IKEA (52% poly/ 48% cotton). I liked the stiffness of the fabric and the lightness, almost like a linen, not to mention for $6 I have heaps of fabric left for other projects. For the yoke I used some white rayon remnants (100% rayon) from a yet to finish top from 6 months ago and still counting, and the sleeve bands are faux ivory leatherette (50% PU/ 40% poly) from my Salamanca jacket.

Georgia topo front Georgia top side               Georgia top back

It’s a great top, and the dress is too, but it’s just not my particular style. Not sure if it would flatter me or make me look frumpy. Perhaps when summer rolls around I may try it more as a beach cover up dress or add a belt or tie.

*The pattern was provided to me free of charge for testing but all opinions expressed are my own and I received a copy of the finalised pattern for taking part.

White Salamanca Cropped Jacket by Itch To Stitch

Just like I have favourite “Big 4” patterns that fit perfectly, I have some favourite independent designers whose patterns and instructions are always a success for me. Itch to Stitch is one such designer, so when testing calls go out for Kennis’ patterns I always apply. She had four patterns go into testing at once and I went with the Salamanca Cropped Jacket*.

I had it in my head that I wanted a white leather jacket and in fact it turned out better than I expected. I used faux ivory leatherette (60% PU/ 40% poly) and multi ivory printed rayon folkloric (100% rayon) for the lining. I made things difficult by using this fabric as there are no second chances if you sew a seam wrong. Probably not ideal for a tester version but my faith in Kennis’ instructions proved correct. I do have some minor puckers in the yoke but not highly visible, probably not worth mentioning at all really.

Salamanca skirt side Salamanca skirt side 2                          Salamanca skirt back

It’s not a difficult sew by any means, but it is a bit fiddly and requires concentration to ensure you are lining up the correct notches and turning the fabric the correct way. You may have noticed my jacket is without buttons but finding suitable ones has proved difficult and I’m a bit afraid, well a lot afraid, of making buttonholes in this fabric and not liking the end result if my buttons are duds. It sits good just the way it is for now.

Slamanca front Salamanca lining

The Salamanca isn’t a ridiculously cropped jacket, it sits at a nice level, and has some nice details, such as the pleats at the front and gathered raglan sleeves. I love how it is completely lined and provides different pattern pieces for A to DD cup and of course the layers print option.

Salamnca pants front                     Salamanca pants sideSalamanca pants back

Fabric choice will dictate the style/look of the jacket from a work wardrobe staple, party jacket or spring/autumn second layer.

*The pattern was provided to me free of charge for testing but all opinions expressed are my own and I received a copy of the finalised pattern for taking part.