Down at the station…
Every-time I saw another version of the Sea Change Top I knew that this pattern was for me:
- Looks great in stripes… oh yes
- Potential for contrasting bands… brilliant
- Easy to sew and easy to wear… happy dance
- Suitable for both woven and knit fabrics… watch out stash
- Statement sleeves…. be still my beating heart
The icing on the cake was trying Lara’s version during her recent epic wardrobe clean-out. Just for the record Lara’s Sea Change Top stayed… that one was a no brainer!
Debbie describes her pattern as “an easy fitting, kimono style top that is just perfect for high waist jeans and skirts.” I only have two high waisted bottom halves in my wardrobe, so I added 1.5 inches (4 cms) to both the body (front and back pattern pieces) and the armbands. The resulting length is perfect when I am layering, but when I sew some summer versions I will add more length again so I don’t have to wear layers underneath. I have a sneaking suspicion that the need for ‘added length’ might have something to do with me being a little ‘long’ in the body. The things we learn when we sew!
In my opinion, there is a lot of be said for good drafting and simple lines that result in a big impact garment like this one. A twirling photo shows off the tops design lines nicely. Big girls like twirling too…
This winter version of the Sea Change Top has been sewn in medium weight merino jersey from The Fabric Store. When stripe and dots were on offer how couldn’t resist? I was probably pushing the boundaries of recommended fabrics, but I think I’ve got away with it this time.
I’m super pleased with my Sea Change Top as it fits perfectly into both my personal style and my lifestyle. It was just the right outfit to wear on the weekend when Sharon (my dear friend and blog photographer) and I took some little people to admire a steam train during Ballarat’s Heritage Weekend.
Pattern: Lily Sage & Co’s Sea Change Top
Fabric: Merino jersey from The Fabric Store
Alterations: Lengthened the top and armbands by 1.5″ (4cm)
Accessories: Scarf & boots purchased at Scarlet Jones