We went apple picking at Castle Farm on Saturday and the beautiful orchards were the perfect backdrop for my latest make!
I’ve been lusting after the Sagebrush top since the pattern was released, so I took absolutely no encouragement to join Patsy in a spot of buddy sewing last week. This is another fantastic offering from the Friday Pattern Company – it’s a simple, but beautiful design and a really straightforward and enjoyable sew. The neckline features a tie closure, so this would be an ideal project for someone new to dressmaking.
I was so inspired by an ochre viscose linen Sagebrush I saw on Instagram I hunted for exactly the same fabric and found it at Minerva Crafts. Patsy liked it so much I ordered enough for both of us and all our twinning dreams have come true! The drape of the fabric is delicious and works really well with the ruffles and gathers, which the plain colour shows off to perfection.
The Sagebrush instruction booklet is excellent and I had no problems at all during construction. I made one small change, which was to attach the neckline binding to the inside of the top and flip it to the outside before topstitching down. I find I get much neater results using this method rather than stitching in the ditch. I made a straight size S top with no alterations and the fit is spot on. All of the pattern pieces fit easily onto just 1.5m of my fabric, which was 140cm wide.
I styled my top with some badly fitting jeans from Uniqlo (I really must hurry up and make a dark indigo pair of Ash jeans) and my trusty Lotta from Stockholm clogs.
I wore my Sagebrush for three days in a row as soon as it was finished and was genuinely sad to put it in the washing basket! Needless to say, it will definitely not be the only Sagebrush in my wardrobe for long. I think I might use a printed fabric next and try something with more body like a cotton lawn to venture into more ‘statement sleeve’ territory!