A little self-care sewing going on in my house this week; in the form of the Parisian Top by Andrea Pannell for Go To Patterns. I needed a break from the madness that is Halloween costume sewing. Seriously, guys, my 3 year old wants to be Gruff the Neverbeast. How am I suppose to do that? My brain needed a break.
Before we get in to this post too much, a little blah blah blah first. I’m a Brand Ambassador for Go To Patterns. I know, I’m oh so professional with my previous “blah blah blah.” It’s just how I roll, guys! I received this pattern for free, but all thoughts, opinions, and whatnot within this blog are my own. Also, links to Go To Patterns website are affiliate links. Basically, I get a little kickback when you purchase patterns through those links. However, it doesn’t hurt my feelings if you don’t want to use an affiliate link. I totally get it. No hard feelings. Still besties! The links in the first paragraph are non-affliate, just in case you want those. Most important thing I want you to take away from this blog post – #audreycatburn. I’m joking. But, it might be my new favourite hashtag ever! It’s all over my instagram at the moment. Alright, let’s get in to it!
– The sizing for the pattern is women’s XXXS (bust28-29, waist 22, hips 28-30) to XL (bust42-44, waist 38, hips up to 48). The sizing information is included in the pattern listing on Go To Pattern’s website. Handy! I like being able to see a size chart before purchasing a pattern. **I fell within the Medium size range, and that’s the size I made.
– The pattern is rated as an intermediate skill level.
– The pdf is 39 pages. Pages 13-16 are the main instructions for the pattern. Pages 17-39 (that’s 23 pages) are the pattern pieces. The first 12 pages include (these aren’t listed in order): the cover page, index page, measuring chart and information (including a diagram), fabric requirements and suggestions, fabric cutting guide, design ideas to get those creative juices flowing, simple full bust adjustment, how to lengthen the bodice (*note that I lengthened mine 3″), printing and pattern assembly, and tips for working with knit fabric including information on stretch percentage and recovery.
– As mentioned above, the fabric requirements are listed within the pattern. They’re listed as 2 yards of knit fabric with at least 25% stretch. A suggestion of fabrics is included. 1/4 yard of knit interfacing is listed as an option. No. Not an option. Get some. Use it! Your collar will thank you. Woven fabric can be used for the collar.
– There is a cutting guide included. I really appreciate a cutting guide that doesn’t have the top of my front bodice one way, and the top of my back bodice another way. I like my fabric to all run in one direction, even if that fabric is a solid print. I feel like there is a difference, like my one piece is cut upside down. I approve of this cutting guide.
– Illustrations are used throughout the pdf. There is a photo on the cover page, as well as the index page. I generally prefer illustrations over photographs, so this is a win for me.
– The actually assembly instructions start on Page 13. Right at the top of this page the seam allowance is noted, as are the definitions of RST (right sides together), WST (wrong sides together), and what the shading for the illustrations mean.
– All measurements within the pdf are imperial. Sorry metric users! I’m Canadian and on the metric system and I sew in imperial, so the use of imperial only doesn’t bother me in the slightest.
– Andrea provides her email address at the end of the tutorial, should you need any further assistance!
Pattern Pieces Overview (pages 17-39)
– The pattern pieces are included at the end of the instructions. No separate files. The pieces start on page 17 and run through the end of the pdf at page 39. That’s 23 pages to print.
– There is a 1″ measuring square included on every single page! Handy!
– The pattern pieces are broken up in to sections. A – front bodice, and neckline – 6 pages. B – back bodice – 6 pages. C – sleeve – 6 pages. D – collar – 2 pages. E – sleeve band – 1 page. F – hem band – 2 pages.
– Since the pattern pieces are broken down in to sections, it makes taping/gluing easier. You’re not trying to tape all 23 pages in one shot. You can break them up in to little groups. I think this makes user errors less likely, and the accuracy of taping a little better.
– There is a sizing key chart in every section. That’s 6 key charts!
– The sizing is differentiated by varying dashed/solid lines. The sizes are not colored. All lines are within a gray scale.
– The pages are not no-trim pages. You’ll have to trim a side and a top/bottom. OR, if you have a light table, or big window, just use that. That’s what I use.
– The front and back of the sleeve are labelled. There is a notch at the front sleeve, as well as a coordinating notch on the front bodice armscye.
– There are marks on the sleeve to note where the gathering threads will go.
– There is a note to mark the center of the front bodice on your fabric. Do it. It will come in handy when you want have to position your collar.
– Each pattern piece is labelled with the pattern name (Parisian), the designer name (by Andrea Pannell for Go To Patterns), piece name, cutting directions, the seam allowance is noted, fold lines are marked, direction of stretch is marked on all pieces with two exceptions: it is not noted on the collar piece, which makes sense because a woven can me used, and it is not noted on the neckline trim piece, which I think is an oversight.
A few more notes and thoughts
– Step 1 (page 13) has a little tip to stay stitch the neckline. Don’t skip this. Do it. You’re going to be man handling the neckline a lot, do the stay stitching so nothing stretches out. For me, I like to stay stitch directionally. I start at the shoulder seam and then go to the center front and stop. I start again at the other shoulder seam and stitch to the center front again. Then I repeat for the backside. It’s the way I was taught. It’s ingrained inside me.
– Step 2 (page 13) mentions that the easiest way to gather the sleeves is to run one row of gathering stitches. Do two. It is easier to do one. It looks nicer to do two. It does mention this as well. You could even do three if you really wanted.
– It isn’t mentioned in the pattern, but I understitched my collar within step 8 (page 15). I think it makes the collar sit a little nicer, and you can’t see any of the stitching from the topside, so it doesn’t ruin the look.
– The pattern comes with a 3/4 length sleeve only. I would love long and short sleeve options.
– The top is finished with bands on the sleeves and hem. Love hem bands! Band all the things!
– I added 3″ of length to my top. I just love longer length tops – it’s a body awareness thing for me. I don’t think adding length is necessary though.
– My sleeves really are banded. The pictures don’t show them well. I always push my 3/4 length sleeves up to right above my elbow. The sleeves come down just past my elbow when they’re not pushed up. Where the sleeve and band meet hits right at the bottom of my elbow, if that helps give an idea of how long the sleeve actually is.
– The collar piece is a cut on the fold piece. Because my fabric is directional, and I didn’t want #audreycatburn to be upside down, I cut my collar pieces out as two pieces. If you are going to do this too, don’t forget to add a 3/8″ seam allowance, or your collar will be too short. I still cut my interfacing as one piece on the fold, and attached it once I had my collar sides joined.
– Julia Bobbins made the Parisian a few times as part of Pattern Anthology’s Just Add Jeans blog tour. Don’t know who Julia Bobbins is? For shame! Get thee hence to her blog!! Anyway. In her post she says “I made the top in a small size as I likes my stuff nice and fitted.” The statement makes me think she successfully sized down. It isn’t meant to be an overly fitted top. Mine does look looser than hers. If you’d like a more fitted top, I’d say you could easily go down a size and be just fine.
Would I make it again? Yes. Delia, of Delia Creates, made one for the Pattern Anthology Just Add Jeans blog tour. She used a stripe fabric that I’m fairly certain I have. Or, it’s close at least. I love her’s, and might just make one similar to it. Different collar. I’m not a total copy cat. Would I make any changes? I’d keep the length that I added. Again, that’s a me and the level of comfort with my body thing. I’d maybe be brave and try a smaller size, just to see how I like it. But if we are being honest, making a size M instead of my normal XL made me nervous enough as it was. Other than that, or anything mentioned previously, no. I think it’s a fairly solid pattern as is.
I’m going to throw some links your way, just so you can stay in the know.
Parisian Top (affiliate)
Go To Patterns website (affiliate)
Parisian Top (not affiliate)
Go To Patterns website (not affiliate)
Go To Patterns Facebook Page
Go To Patterns Group *while the pages are handy to know about sales and stuff, the groups are far more interactive. I prefer groups to pages.
Go To Patterns on Instagram *check out those awesome shirts! I want them all. Feel free to send me a handful.
Andrea Pannell on Pinterest *say goodbye to your afternoon if you click this one.
Go To Patterns on Twitter *I don’t Twitter, or tweet, or twerk, or whatever the cool kids are calling it.
Sign up for the Go To Patterns newsletter *It doesn’t matter to me either way. But, the newsletters do have cool things in them. I signed up today (shh, I was neglectful with my sign up), and the special offer included in my newsletter is the Belinda Dress ($9) and Go To Leggings for Girls ($10) for $8 bundled together! That’s more than 50% savings. So, sign up for the newsletter.
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