Rainy days


The weather doesn’t always cooperate when it is time to take blog photos… and last Sunday was one of those days!  An umbrella was a necessity if I didn’t want to get my Pattern Fantastique Calyx Smock soaking wet!


The pattern includes a top and dress… but it’s the top that I tend to wear and re-wear.  I first sewed a Calyx Top during the testing phase of the pattern four years ago, and I have worn that top A LOT.  It’s great with both jeans, linen pants (like StyleArc’s Barry Pant pictured below!) and shorts.

StyleArc's Barry Pant

The colours in my first Calyx aren’t so good on me anymore, so I’ve passed it on to Sharon’s daughter and this white and green Calyx is it’s replacement.


The Japanese cotton voile is from work (sold out in this colourway but still available in-store in white/caramel) and in my eyes it the perfect weight for this top.  If you look at the pattern’s product photos most of the tops versions are in a sheer or semi-sheer fabric.  I think this is because light-weight fabric gathers well, tucks in without bulk and is like wearing a cloud!


I opted to use french seams on this top… the fabric demanded that extra love and attention!  The seams are all top-stitched too… as per the instructions.


The neck binding extends into a tie at the back.  It’s a nice little detail… as are the wide centre back seam allowances which are top-stitched in place



My only change to the pattern was to remove 1″ (2.5cm) from the length.  I also sewed a small double fold hem rather than using the supplied facings.


I’m very pleased with my replacement Calyx Smock.  It was a pleasure to sew, it easily fits into my wardrobe, and if the truth be told, I’m on the look out for more cotton voile to make another version.


Pattern:  Pattern Fantastique’s Calyx Smock
Size:  10 with the shorter sleeves
Fabric:  Japanese cotton voile from The Cloth Shop [sold out in this colourway but still available in-store in white/caramel]
Alterations:  I removed 1″ (2.5cm) from the length of the top.
Accessories:  Beach glass earrings by Susan Ewington Jewellery, antique whistle worn on a necklace, pants from Caro (a few years ago but similar back in stock) and shoes from Manteau Noir
Location:  Eastern Suburbs, Melbourne


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