Well hello again! This will mainly be a photographic post showing the Orla top I helped test for Tilly and the Buttons, the latest in the collection. Have you seen it yet?
It is actually a very useful and cute style – one that I may have dismissed, thinking that it might not be my usual shape, but having made it, I have found that i have been wearing it a lot.
It can be an over the top of your skinnies (or in my case my navy Ultimate trousers is outfit of choice)- or it is very easily tucked in. It has sleeve options and snowdrop collar/ no collar options too with an exposed zip at the back.
It’s shaped very nicely with amazing eye poppingly adorable curved French darts, and the shaped hemline seriously covers your buns in a flattering way because of the shaping. This is not a ‘tunic’ but a shift top & there is I reckon a difference in the silhouette.
I know there were a few changes made to the final pattern so don’t want to mislead you in anyway, and I will mention them as I go, but there were not any fitting issues for me to speak of.
Yes, I actually made a toile! Out of an old bedsheet as I wasn’t sure whether I needed to do an SBA, and I didn’t in the tester version. That was very pleasing to me 🙂 so I bought some cotton from my local fabric shop- Bath’s Sewing Studio. I love it there. I chose this awesome turquoise polka dot (& also some fabric to make even more floral shirts for the special men in my life for gifts). I was also able to buy the edgy (for me) metal toothed zip for the exposed zip at the back.
I have not really sewn exposed zips so this was a learning for me, & to assuage any feelings of concern, Tilly’s instructions of course guide you through the process smoothly with plenty of glorious technicolour photos.
Sorry, leaping ahead a bit there. Yes, fabric and notions chosen, I made the long sleeved collared version as I could smell autumn coming. There has apparently been a bit more room drafted in the sleeves since I made this tester version. And the French darts in the front may have been lowered slightly too.
There is some pretty pleating at the sleeve cap with gathers.
And the reason that the curved hem sits so nicely is because it has a facing.
Hmm, I do like this a lot and can imagine it would look lovely in some chiffon (of which I have a few options in my stash – in storage at present) but what about a pretty way to show off some Liberty, or a voile or how about a speckly viscose? Or if I went for a solid I would be tempted by Swiss dot – lots of colours at the Fabric Godmother…And I have just spied this silk chiffon (rather a treat but love the florals) and think that it could work- without the collar though? What do you think? And do you know what? I might miss out the exposed zip & make it with a smaller back opening a loop & button at the neck. That would work for me too.
Showing the facing at the back of the zip- OK might not be 100% spot on, but as a first attempt it’s pretty tidy. Oh yes, this deserved a label too 😉