Updated Fringe Blouse

Chalk and Notch released an updated version of their popular Fringe Dress & Blouse and I was excited to pattern test it! This new version extends the size range to 24 and add A/B and C/D cup options! The pattern is on sale for $11.50 for the relaunch.

Since it’s a loose fitting design it’s also pretty forgiving for even larger busted ladies. I make a G/H in Cashmerette but the C/D worked fine for me.

My blouse was sewn using a rayon crepe fabric I bought at Joann. This is definitely a fiddly fabric to cut, but the crepe texture is also very forgiving.

I did not include the belt ties and only made a half hearted effort at pattern matching but I’m loving this a spring blouse. One thing to note is that despite staystitching, my neckline did stretch out, which resulted in a low v-neck. To make this top work appropriate I have to wear a cami under it.

It’s very nice to see Chalk & Notch extending their sizes. I hope they do the Joy Jacket next as I already own it and I don’t want to have to do an FBA. 🙂

Orono Top

Itch to Stitch has released the new Orono Top and suprise! I was pattern tester. 🙂 This pattern is 20% off for the launch week.

Orono is a raglan sleeved top with a cross over front and a high pocket. There are cleverly crafted pockets included, although I don’t find myself using mine much.

The Orono pattern is drafted for knits with 30% stretch. That means you can make it with cozy fabrics like interlock, sweatshirt or terry. Mine is made from a flecked rayon ponte I found at Joann.

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Denim Vest

I pattern tested Itch to Stitch’s latest release the Envigado Vest. This is an anorak style vest with lots of details and an optional hood.

It makes for a great transitional layering piece as we head into Spring. I wear mine around the house a lot when I get cold or need more pockets!

As with most ITS patterns this one is cup sized. Yay! I made a straight DD with no adjustments but it has princess seams if you need to customize fit. The pattern doesn’t use much fabric but you do need a fair amount of hardware. I had a Closet Case Patterns Kelly Anorak hardware kit in my stash and I used that for my snaps, grommets and and drawstring endcaps. I love hardware kits. 🙂

The Envigado Vest is on sale for it’s launch week for $9.60.

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Aveiro Cardi

Itch to Stitch just released the new Aveiro Cardigan and it’s perfect for Fall!  This cardigan has tons of options for bodice lengths and sleeves so its incredibly versatile.  There is a 20% off launch sale going on on now, too.

I was a pattern tester for Aveiro and I was holding on to this fabric to make a short Helen’s Closet Blackwood but I dig the neckline on Aveiro so much that I used it to test. This is the regular length with the Long Cuff sleeves.

This was super quick sew! It’s maybe 5 or 6 pattern pieces. The only issue I had with construction is that the front band is interfaced but needs to stretch and my interfacing wasn’t stretching enough!

Pattern: Itch to Stitch Aveiro Cardigan
Fabric: Telio Topaz Hatchi Knit in Sapphire

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Tank for the Heatwave

Itch to Stitch just released the new Chirripo Top and since I was a pattern tester I’ve got some photos to share! It’s also on sale right now.

This top has a flutter sleeve option but I went with the tank since it’s been ridiculously hot in Portland. When I do pattern testing I try to use stash fabrics so this was a Nicole Miller print from Joann’s that I’ve had for years. The top is a very quick and easy make with cup sizes so no adjustments! The construction is pretty interesting, using an interfaced side panel for the under arm to give it a clean finish. I also really liked the shaping in the yoke. I’ve made other tops that basically has a very flat yoke that gapes, but this one is contoured.

The only thing I don’t like about it is that it sometimes the center bodice below the yoke falls into my cleavage but I think that’s more of a factor of how I gathered it and the fabric choice.