Hello readers! Today I’m reviewing a pattern that has been around for a while; however, it was recently re-released with an extended size range and an additional view.
Disclaimer: I was a pattern tester for this pattern, and while I was given a free copy of the pattern as a thank you for testing, the opinions in this review are my own. Although I made the “test” version, my understanding is that there were minimal (if any) changes to the pattern draft from “test” to final version. I know that just about all of the pattern testers found the fit to be spot-on from the size chart, which aimed for a relaxed but not oversized fit.
I wanted to share my version here because I’ve been wearing it pretty much every wash cycle–it’s a great cozy sweatshirt with a fun design detail as we’re entering the cold winter months here in the Northern Hemisphere. The pattern in question is the Blank Slate Tulip Top–a raglan-sleeved sweatshirt-style top with a crossover that can be placed in the front or the back. Note that the front- and back-crossover have separate pattern pieces for each view.
Pattern name: Tulip Top by Blank Slate Patterns
Size range (with measurements)
The size range for the Tulip Top was recently updates, with sizes 1X-3X added to the old Blank Slate size range of XXS-XL. The current size range fits up to a 53″/135 cm bust and a 55″/149 cm hip (size 3X). Note that Blank Slate includes a high bust measurement on their size chart to help with choosing a size.
What size did you make?
Per my testing instructions, I made a size 2X with a 3″ FBA.
What are your measurements, height, and body type? (If reviewing a top or dress, bra size is very helpful for our readers.)
I am 5’2″, with a 53″ full bust and 53″ full hip. My shape seems to be morphing into an apple shape over the past year or two.
What fabric did you use?
I used a quilted sweatshirt fabric from my stash. It’s reversible! I used one side for the sleeves and the under-piece in back and the other side for the body. The cuffs and bindings are from a rib knit from my stash.
I’d love to make this again using a French terry.
What adjustments did you make and how long did they take?
The only adjustment that I made was a 3″ FBA, where I gathered the “dart” legs into the side seam. Because I needed an FBA, I also needed to lengthen the corresponding binding piece slightly.
What was the construction process like? Did the instructions make sense to you?
The construction process was easy. If you’ve sewn a raglan-sleeved sweatshirt or t-shirt before, you’ll be able to sew this up in an afternoon. Note that the bottom hem and neck have knit bindings and not knit bands.
How do you like the pattern’s fit? Do you think the design works well for your particular body shape?
I’m happy with the fit. It’s a relaxed fit without being oversized. This is the top that I reach for when I want to wear something very comfortable and cozy.
I don’t think there’s any figure trickery with this top–it’s essentially a sweatshirt. If you like to wear sweatshirt-style tops (like I do), I think you’ll be happy with this one.
Will you make the pattern again? If so, what fit or design changes will you make?
Yes! I would love at least one more of these, although I think I’ll try the front cross-over version next. The tester version showed pretty good coverage on that one, so I’m not worried about gaping. I will need to re-do my FBA (because of the different pattern pieces) and also remember to extend the FBA to the binding pieces.
Do you have any advice on this pattern for other curvy sewers? Are there any resources (blog posts, fitting books, tutorials) that helped you sew this piece up?
This pattern fits true-to-size. The inclusive size range means that most of us won’t need to grade up to get a sweatshirt that fits.
Size Range (1-5): 4.5 (The size range is very inclusive.)
Instructions (1-5): 4.5 (The instructions had a few minor confusing bits in the test version, but I can confirm that those have been fixed. Note that there is some color-coding with some of the diagrams, so you might want to look over the instructions on a laptop or tablet as opposed to printing them out in black-and-white.
Construction Process (1-5): 5 (Easy-peasy.)
Final Fit (1-5): 4.5 (Fits as expected. One tester in the non-plus range found that the top ran a bit large on her, but overall, the testers were very happy with the fit. Several of us felt that the top could use a little more room in the hip/booty area, depending on the stretch of your fabric.)
Overall Rating (1-5): 4.6 (Average score)