#LetsSewThisTogether Trevi Top in Winterberry Pine Rayon
One of the main reasons I started this blog was to be more "sewcial." Being sewcial is to join in on sewing challenges, share more about the personal sewing experience, and to have another outlet in which to engage with sewing friends. My sewing friend, Loni of Havin Sew Much Fun, asked me if I would like to sew together with her by choosing a fabric we both owned and sharing what we made by the end of the month on our blogs. Thus, the hashtag on instagram #letsewthistogether.
We chose the Art Gallery Fabric Winterberry Pine in Rayon as our fabric. It is a very lightweight, airy rayon with a soft drape and a beautiful green color. It does wrinkle easily, as rayon tends to do, but it is very opaque and would not require lining for a top or even skirt. Although, if I were to make it into a skirt or dress, I would consider lining it to give the fabric more body--it really is extremely lightweight.
Loni, the ever enthusiastic and prolific sewist that she is, completed her Biscayne Blouse a week ahead of me finishing my make and already has it on her blog. Her thoughts on sewing that pattern are helpful to me as I own it and haven't done more than a somewhat unsuccessful muslin.
Without really discussing it, we both chose Hey June Handmade patterns, which isn't all that surprising considering the overall popularity of this pattern line. I sewed up the Trevi Top pattern that I bought at Up Craft Club last year around the time of the pattern release. The Trevi Top (or Dress) is a trapeze style dress with a full button placket down the back and an interesting cut at the shoulders.
I graded my pattern out very slightly, maybe 1/2 inch at the hip, on the front and back pieces to give myself a little more room as I am very hour glass shaped and my hips are just a few inches outside her size chart. With the flair of the pattern, this could have also been achieved with a slight slash and spread of the center of the pattern, but I am happy with the fit of my garment as is.
Since it's Indie Sew #shirtmonth, I was glad to be able to join in with the theme by sewing this shirt. The Trevi Top construction includes a crash course in making a full button placket but you don't have to fiddle with a collar or cuffs! I used a knit tricot interfacing so that my placket would still have some movement. The only issue I had with the placket was that the edge of the top placket was slightly flipping outward. I decided to sew the placket down on the outer edge from the second button down to the bottom of the last button, still leaving the very last section open. I could probably move the location of my top button very slightly to reduce a little bit of extra gape fabric at the top of the placket between the top two buttons, but that's one of those little details that non-perfectionist sewists (like me) can live with for a while! I love these little white buttons that I picked up at Jo-Ann Fabrics. It really adds a little something special and highlights the stylish cut of the back of the armscye.
I took my Trevi Top on its first outing to Sunday church service and I even bared my ankles in January since it was a balmy 45 degree day. It is always nice to have a place to wear my handmade clothing and to feel confident in something made perfectly to my measurements. If I make another Trevi Top, which I think that I will, I may use a rayon with a slightly more substantial hand, and that is simply a personal preference in fabric type. Although the Art Gallery prints are hard to resist, I'm not sure the ultra light weight fabric is my favorite. I am going to think on it and it's not going to stop me from wearing this beautiful shirt.
Loni and I are hoping to make #letssewthistogether a monthly, bi-monthly, quarterly, who-knows-how-often challenge so check out the hashtag on Instagram to see what fabric we have picked for future installments! And please join in. Sewcializing is great!
You may have noticed that this fabric was a part of my Winter Green Capsule Wardrobe. I'm making some good progress on my sewing list for those beautiful fabrics; I have completed 4 of the items and have one more cut out. I'm still deciding on the skirt pattern, but I recently signed up for a skirt pattern test that might end up being the perfect thing. I am still aiming to finish all items by the end of January, so I better get sewing!