Callie & me
Callie Top: Discovery of the week. Last Monday, See Kate Sew released a collection of 6 pattern called ‘Garden Party’. I instantly fell for the Callie top, but sadly I didn’t look on her blog in time to see the deal of buy 3 get one free!… The Adelaide top/pattern looks great too. Anyway, for now its about the Callie Top. This top is very feminine, closed by buttons on the back, and with two darts on the bust. There are two different version: one with double ruffles sleeves, another with a cap sleeve + ruffle sleeve on top. You can also choose the sleeve size: small or large ruffle.
This time, I went at first for the top on the left (schema on top) so the ruffle sleeve and large ruffle. However when I tried it on for the first time, I realised that my fabric was a little too thick to have a double ruffle fabric on top of each other, a bit “too much”. I don’t feel like it gives the same feeling if you look at Kate’s version in white. Sadly, I didn’t have enough fabric to make the cap sleeve option, so I decided to go for sleeveless and added a bias around the armhole. In my opinion it doesn’t appear like it’s a sleeveless top as the ruffle part fakes a small sleeve.
Remarks: I printed and cut my pattern but the next day I received another pattern by Kate by email saying the other one had some issues. So maybe some of my critics will be different in the new one. To begin, sadly there are no lines on the papers to cut, making it harder to join the different pieces of the pattern and tape it (compare to Colette’s pattern for example). Following this there is no lines on the pattern for the button-up back or any indication of where to put the buttons. Although it is well explained I like to have the lines straight on the pattern. Then, I had to reduce about 2cm on the sides as I found it was too large and flared. It looks the same on the versions that the testers did. Lastly, I didn’t add a bias on the neckline as it didn’t fit, so I ended up making a hem to get that good fit. Besides from those few critics (there are always some right?!) I found the pictures and the explanations perfect. You can really see that Kate took time to finalize her pattern. It was really fast and easy to make it, and I dint have any questions or doubts that I would have to research further.
The fabric: I found it in Effiloché, Rue St Hubert, Montreal. It is 100% organic cotton, hopefully it will resist time!
And a last one just for fun, STAY POSITIVE ! And have a nice week!
Pattern : Callie Top, from See Kate Sew
Fabric : organic coton “Little things” by Arrin Turnmire
Size : XS
Alterations : Sleveless
Level : Intermediate
Photographs : Saint Laurent Boulevard, Montréal