Fancy Tiger Sailor Top
Cotton + Steel ‘Truly Outrageous Gems’ Lawn from the Moonlit collection
by Rashida Coleman-Hale
Botanica Tinctoria Grey Cotton Lace Trim
Welcome to the third stop on the Sailor Top Blog Tour! I was so honoured to be asked to join in to show off this cute new pattern.
I first met the Fancy Tiger girls, Amber & Jaime at the Makerie retreat in Boulder, a few years ago. Their super cute shop in Denver is a must-see if you are ever out that way. I’ve loved following their adventures online ever since and was very excited to see that they were publishing their first sewing pattern.
When I got the pattern I knew I had to pick out one of the new Cotton + Steel cotton lawns and the grey Truly Outrageous Gems couldn’t have been more perfect (Grey + Gems!). I also decided to add a cute lace trim detail with the new Botanica Tinctoria Eyelet Lace.
The Sailor Top is super fun and easy to sew. I was able to sew it up in just one night. The instructions are very clear, so it’s a good project for a beginner and a breeze for an experienced sewer. Finishing details are always important to me and this top is beautifully finished. The sleeves are raglan, which are simple to sew on and they finish with a nice wide facing. I also love the pretty neckline. It has the perfect amount of gathers finished with a simple yoke. The pattern allows for a deep hem which I always love the look of. Once I hemmed the top according to the directions, I just stitched on my eyelet trim on the inside of the hem. I debated adding trim to the sleeve hems, but decided to keep it simple, knowing I can always add it on later if I change my mind. The Botanica Tinctoria trims are naturally dyed so the colour palette to choose from is super soft and pretty. I have to remember to use more trim in my projects, it adds such a nice detail.
The Sailor Top fits me really well. I found the underarm seam to be a bit tight fitting, so I just clipped notches into the seam allowance to release the tension and it’s much better now. Another alternative would be to trim down the seam allowance.
I can see lots more of these cute tops making their way into my wardrobe! Most likely a nani IRO one next!
Would you like to win a PDF copy of this pattern?! Just leave a comment below before November 1st Midnight EST. I’ll choose someone randomly.
Visit the rest of the blog tour to see all the other Fancy Sailor Tops in action!
Monday, October 27th – A Verb for Keeping Warm
Tuesday, October 28th – Miss Make
Wednesday, October 29th – the workroom/Make Something
Thursday, October 30th – Sew Bon
Friday, October 31st – Very Shannon