Hello again lovely sewers.
Back from my holidays and back into the sewing room, I wanted to share a fab pattern that would be a perfect addition to your wardrobe or suitcase. The Imogen by Sew Me Something is a light, floaty top with raglan sleeves, pretty gathering around the neck and long and short sleeve options. Perfect with pants for work, or with jeans and sandals for brunch with pals, this is an easy to wear wardrobe staple. Described on the packet as a Shakespearean heroine “steadfast, loyal and an all-round good egg’, who could resist really?
Pattern name: Imogen top from Sew Me Something
Size range (with measurements) 8-22 which is 32″/26″/35″ to 46″/41″/49″ (82cm/68cm/90cm to 118cm/104cm/126cm)
What size did you make? I made a size 20, which is 44/38/47. My actual measurements are 44/40/50 so there is plenty of ease in this pattern.
What are your measurements, height, and body type? I’m 5.5 “(166 cm), and after visiting a few European museums recently, I would describe myself as Rubenesque (doesn’t that sound much more exotic than Pear or Apple?) I have a 16DD bust, curvy hips & thighs and very generous upper arms, so often require a Full Bicep Adjustment.
What adjustments did you make and how long did they take? None, I’m very happy to say this one works straight out of the packet, huzzah!
What fabric did you use? The pale pink version is a soft drapy rayon, the short sleeve version a very light cotton lawn.
What was the construction process like? Did the instructions make sense to you? I think the designer’s experience with teaching sewing & pattern drafting shows, and the instructions are clear and logical, with thorough explanations for each step. The trickiest tasks are the placket and attaching the neckband, but a newbie taking their time and following the instructions carefully would be fine (the pattern is described as “beginner”) Sadly I completely ignored my own advice (twice!), rushing to finish the pink version the morning of my birthday lunch, and hemming the sleeves on the lawn top about 30 mins before heading to the airport on my holidays….hence the slightly wobbly necklines! Do as I say, not as I do….?
How do you like the pattern’s fit? Do you think the design works well for your particular body shape? I’m really happy with the fit, loose but not billowy (yes, that is a word, I checked!), with a pretty neckline and sleeves that allow unhindered waving/hailing of a taxi/lifting of a wine glass, all important considerations.
Will you make the pattern again? If so, what fit or design changes will you make? I will make more Imogens; it’s a pretty, versatile top that is comfortable to wear, relatively quick to sew, and can be made in a variety of fabrics for different effects. I would like to make a light linen version, and I have some pretty yellow peachskin that is also on my to-make list (another bird print, what is it with me and birds??)
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? Don’t rush! Take your time and follow the process carefully. Particularly when using a slippery minx of a fabric like rayon, rushing will make your finish less than perfect and your swear jar very full. Also bear in mind the generous amount of ease in the pattern, especially if like me, you usually have to do a Full Bicep Adjustment.
Pattern Rating System: (1 is the lowest score, 5 the highest)
Size Range (1-5) 4: Largest size is a size 22, so the size range could be broader, but do consider the amount of ease.
Instructions (1-5) 5: Instructions were logical and thorough, with clear illustrations and tips to improve the finish.
Construction Process (1-5) 5: The top came together well.
Final Fit (1-5) 5: I am really happy with the fit, particularly as I didn’t need to make any adjustments!
Overall Rating (1-5) + Explanation 4.5: Aside from the limited sizing, this is a great pattern, which I will using again, first up in a light linen for Spring (I might even make one without birds on it!)
For additional photos/info, please check out my blog www.plumkitchen.co.nz. Please note I used the PDF version of this pattern (there is also a printed version), which I purchased myself.