Alright, so wovens kind of scare me. Weird, right? I mean, we start by sewing wovens. At least, I did. I used to only sew wovens. I remember acutely how terrified I was the first time I sewed knits – it was my son’s Super Why Halloween costume. I checked every youtube video I could find for tips. I asked friends who sewed. I grabbed every little helper and tip I read about and sewed with my heart in my throat. I even did a pattern hack, before I even knew what a pattern hack was! 😂 And it was my first pdf pattern to boot! Well, that Halloween costume turned out pretty adorable, if I do say so myself.
I may not be quite so cute in the Love Notions Presto I made in testing as he was in his costume, but I’m still happy that I tackled a challenge head on. 🙂
My Presto isn’t perfect, but I did it and I learned some things along the way.
- I used a lightweight stretch woven from Joann’s. It’s a lovely weight and it has a nice drape. It will be fantastic for summer. It was not terrible to work with – a little slippery, but not bad.
- 3/4 length sleeves are my favorite. I don’t think they ended up being the best choice for my body type in this pattern though. I think this will look much better if I chop them to short sleeve or go sleeveless. This length looks fantastic on some of the other testers. This was just a case of the wrong choice for my body.
- I opted to do the bias finish for the neckline. It was a later addition in testing, and I wanted Tami to have some pictures with that option. I quite like it! It’s simple and clean. I like that it leaves the neckline a little more open too.
- The darts worked out alright, but I should have shifted them down slightly. I thought my bust point lined up with the patterns, but I think it’s really just a little lower – like .5″ or less. I’ll change that next time!
- I kind of wussed out of the buttons. It was half wuss and half trying to help. Since the plain placket was an option and most testers hadn’t done it, I wanted to show it. But I was also scared of the button hole function on my machine. It’s backfired on me before and I’d worked so hard on this Presto, I just couldn’t do it! I know, I know. I’ll get over my fear on the next one. 😉
- I used a featherweight interfacing for the placket, but it ended up being too heavy for this super light fabric. It weighs the placket down a little. Oh well. It still works. I’ll get that one right next time too. 🙂 I don’t have much practice with interfacing.
- For a little extra something, I lined the placket with piping. I love how it came out! It sets off the placket well and gives the top a little extra pop. Super easy addition, too.
- I ended up putting a little tack in the placket just under the bust. I just felt it helped the placket sit better – especially since the interfacing was a little too heavy.
Now let’s get down to the nitty gritty, the pattern itself! Like so many Love Notions patterns, it’s lovely. Despite my trepidations over sewing woven again, the pattern went together beautifully. The shaping of the top is perfection. I had my doubts! I admit it. But the fit is really great. It’s loose, but nicely skims the body. And those back darts. LOVE! I do think that the difference between the front and back hem is a bit too big in the standard bust (it’s 3″), but that’s a matter of personal preference, and is an easy alteration. I’ll probably shorten that back hem a bit in future versions.
I like this top. I still need to learn some adjustments to get my best fit, but it’s a nice pattern. It would make a wonderful swim cover up! It’s on sale until the 10th, and worth adding to your pattern collection.
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