Hello! I have just come off of a really crazy week of sewing. First, I made this really fun green Sailor Top. Then I speed sewed a dress that I wore to Caroline’s baptism (which was a bit of a disappointment, but that is a story coming another day.) I made two versions of the Jenna Cardi from Muse Patterns. I had the pleasure of testing two patterns, one was a really cute and fun mini quilt by Ellis & Higgs and the second was the Beatrix pattern that is upcoming from Made by Rae. I can’t wait to show you both of those, but I have to wait for the all-clear to share the quilt and currently my only Beatrix is made out of muslin. It will be a lot more fun to talk about when I have one made out of something pretty!
So back to the Sailor top. It was designed by Amber from Fancy Tiger Crafts. I follow both Amber and Jamie from Fancy Tiger on Instagram and they both make the most amazing things. They quilt, they sew, they knit, they spin their own wool, they go on amazing trips– I’d recommend their feeds if you’re not already following them.
I loved the look of this top when it was first released but I showed some restraint and didn’t buy it right away since I was pregnant. The pattern showed up on Indiesew and that’s when I pulled the trigger. I loved the yellow Cotton + Steel version that is on the cover of the pattern, but yellow is not a color that I can really wear. I decided to go for the same fabric but in this grass green color with the super fun gold Xs.
I had read quite a few reviews that said this top runs small through the shoulders. My shoulders are not broad, but I decided that it would be a good idea to make a muslin just to double check the fit. My bust measurement was in line with size L and hips put me in the XL, so for my muslin I cut a large graded to XL. The fit of my muslin was pretty great, but I did have a little issue with the back of the neckline not laying flat. I darted out about 1/4″ on the pattern piece, which solved the issue in my final top.
This top came together really quickly once I started sewing. I love sewing tops with raglan sleeves. They’re just so easy to construct. I did french seams on the sleeves and side seams. The sleeves and neck are finished with a facing, so the insides are neat and clean, which I love. The Cotton + Steel quilting cotton was great to sew and I think it works for this type of top. I sort of get a retro vibe from this style with the gathers at the top and the A-line shape. It’s really comfortable and I really like wearing it a lot!
I’ve got some double gauze in my stash that I bought with the intention of sewing it into a Sailor top. It’s my first ever double gauze and it’s just so soft and pretty! I am interested to see how this shirt feels in a soft fabric with more drape. Now I just have to force myself to actually cut into it instead of hoarding it forever!