Feeling victorious with Verona
I love a sewing victory, and this definity feels like one. I used some precious Japanese linen which I brought form work and sewed up a new to me pattern… the Verona Woven Top by SytleArc.
I loved this fabric ever since I saw the sample when I was assisting my boss with some fabric buying. My love didn’t diminish when it arrived in store, but these days I don’t buy fabric until I’m ready to sew it up. My stash isn’t growing, so this strategy is currently working well for me.
This is a Japanese linen, so although a touch late, a perfect entry for the Instagram challenge #SewJapaneseInJuly.
This top definitely has some big sleeve energy!
The sleeves are cut on the bias, so a little ‘hoggy’ with regards fabric consumption, but I think totally worth it.
I made two fit alterations to the pattern, which are very common for me:
- I performed a 3/8″ (1cm) forward shoulder adjustment on a raglan sleeve. My method is outline in this blog post.
- I have a longish torso, so added 1″ (2.5cm) to the length of the top
The added length is perfect as there is no belly flashing when I lift my arms.
I’m really happy with my bias bound neckline. I hand basted the binding in place (see Instagram reel) before securing it with my machine. It makes such a difference to accuracy.
The sleeves are brought in with elastic. 6mm elastic is specified in the pattern, but I used 9mm to make the elastic more snug in the casing.
The back neckline is secured with a button and loop. Rather than a fabric loop, I opted to make a thread chain referencing this Oliver + S tutorial.
This top feels very me. I predict it’s going to have longevity in my wardrobe.
Pattern: StyleArc’s Verona Woven Top (purchased from work)
Fabric: Japanese linen from The Cloth Shop
Alterations: I added 1″ (2.5cm) to the length of the top, performed my usual 3/8″ (1cm) forward shoulder adjustment, I created a thread chain loop and used slightly wider elastic in the sleeve cuffs.
Outfit: Jeans from AJE, loafers from Radical Yes and necklace a gift from my dear friend Anne many years ago
Photo Location: Outside the Kew Tram Depot (Melbourne)