I Am Pan… Pan I Am
I Am Patterns is a new French pattern company producing paper patterns with both French and English instructions. They recently released their first collection called ‘I Am Goddess’. The pattern that caught my eye was Pan… “My clean lines make me the ideal top of your closet: denim for every day, satin for evenings, jersey to accompany you to the sports ground.”
Sewn in a demin or a wool, I think this pattern would be a great layering piece in the cooler months. As winter still seems so far away, I opted to sew up a summer version in some coloured chambray to check fit.
My current bust measurements has me between size 40 and 42. After measuring the paper pattern, and crossing all my fingers and toes, I sewed the size 40 without alteration. I’m wondering if I could have sewn the size 38. It’s always hard to tell when it’s a boxy garment.
Now to a collection of thoughts, in no particularly order, about this make:
- The colour blocking comes to you courtesy of fabric restrictions. Sometimes restrictions make us more creative don’t they?
- Speaking of fabric, the coloured chambray is leftover from sewing clothes for my girls and their friends. Three cheers for stash busting!
- To avoid any unnecessary grey hairs, I top-stitched in a matching Gutermann all purpose sewing thread. I’m such a chicken!
- To ensure everything fitted together, I fudged the back placket so that it overlaps more than it was designed to. I’m expecting user error rather than any drafting issues.
- Although not included in the instructions, I added a medium weight interfacing to the buttonhole areas.
- This top fits over my BIG head without undoing any of the buttons. A non-functional back placket is a real possibility!
To tell you the truth, I like my top, but it just doesn’t sing to me. The thing I’m struggling with the most is the collar. It’s a lovely feature but my inability to easily wear a scarf or beads with it is annoying. Accessories are such a big part of my style these days, that I almost feel naked without them. I know… first world problem and all that!
How do you feel about I Am Patterns first collection? Are there any patterns on your ‘to sew’ list?
Pattern: Pan by I Am Patterns purchased from Stitch 56
Fabric: Coloured Chambray from the stash
Accessories: Sophie Digard scarf from L’uccello and shoes shoes purchased at Siricco.
Photo Location: East Melbourne