Thursday, June 15, 2017

Islander Patterns Easy V Express Top Sew Along

This is the week of best laid plans going awry. Little did I know that the roofers were planning to arrive yesterday. So things were just a bit too noisy to try and get much done. But...better later than never, at least I hope :)

I just love getting new things to wear, but then, don't we all?!!! So I am so very excited about doing this sew along with the Islander Patterns Easy V Express Top. I get new things to wear, and you get to see a few things explained. The video isn't my best. I didn't sleep all that well last night, and I am just a little off my game, but I think it will shed a little light on the neckline pleat and give you some good pointers as you begin. 

For this top, I only used a yard of fabric. I measured it out just to make sure and it was exactly 37". I cut an XS size and the pattern calls for 1 1/2 yards. So if you have a yard of fabric that will fit the bill, by all means, give it a try. 

In this video, I talk about fabric choice, the pattern, and constructing the pleat at the neckline.

In our next video, we'll talk a little more about construction, especially the great neckline finish. We'll also talk about fitting, and what I did to get a nice fit on my dress.

Have fun, and if you have any questions, be sure to ask. I'll do my best to answer.

Remember, Janet is offering the pattern to anyone who comes by the blog at a 20% discount. Just use RHONDA in the promo code box. You can find the paper pattern HERE, and the downloadable pattern HERE.

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  1. Thanks for all the tips in the video . I had a fabric in mind but now think I need to switch as it might be too thick of a knit . Thanks for taking the time to make these videos -very helpful

    1. Thanks MaryEllen.😊 I'm so happy that you found it helpful!

  2. I also have chicken arms and am looking forward to see what your fit modifications are. I am 34 inches at the bust. Do you think this pattern is too generous for smaller frames? Thank you so much for the sew along, being visual as you say, the videos are very helpful.


    1. Hi Marie 😊 With a 34" bust measurement, and a small frame, I would suggest making the smallest size. Take a look at the measurements and you'll see that for that size it's a 32-33" bust. Like I said, the fit is rather boxy, so I really don't think a full bust adjustment is necessary, as you can take in the sides for a slimmer fit. In the next post, I will show how I took in the sides to get a nice fit. Hopefully that will help.