Today I’m going to share something that I’ve been working on for quite a while now, I’ve been doing some pattern testing for a few different things, and I really love this one. So much so, that I even did some modelling for this one! Something that is quite rare.
Fabric ~ 1.5m
Tracing paper, pen, ruler
Scissors – one for paper and one for fabric
Fabric marker – the kind with the disappearing or wash-away ink
matching thread, overlocker thread, topstitching thread in contrast colour
Time ~ 3 hours total (not including fabric shopping time – that took forever!)
The Pattern: Geodesic
This pattern is called Geodesic, it is the latest pattern by Blueprints for Sewing. This pattern will guide you through a very unique construction to make a long sleeved top in either a cropped length or tunic length. The pattern is available as a pdf for immediate download, and comes as a multi-size pattern with all the listed sizes contained within.
There is a stylish booklet with some interesting history about the design, as well as comprehensive step-by-step instructions to guide you through from assembling the printed pattern all the way to finishing.
I especially loved the clever, yet oh-so-simple, method used to help in assembling the pdf pattern. This can be tricky, with trying to match all the sheets in the right order, but this one was really easy.
The pattern is unique because the front and back bodice pieces are pieced together with a triangular pattern inspired by the architecture of the Geodesic dome – you can read all about the background of this very clever design on the pattern blog.
I was thrilled to be selected for testing this pattern, especially as, at the time, I had only recently discovered Blueprints for Sewing, and I was yet to try any of their patterns. Also, this was the first time that I had put my hand up to do any pattern testing to make something for myself, so it was very exciting!
I don’t really wear high-waisted styles of skirts or pants, so I made up the tunic length version of this top.
The pattern comes in a wide range of sizes, because the top is intended for a relaxed fit, the sizes are grouped in pairs. There is a size chart to help you decide which size to make. I found the sizing to be pretty much spot-on, if you are inbetween sizes (which I am) you can choose to go up a size, and have a relaxed fit (like I did for this version here), or you can size down for a more fitted look.
There are also instructions with the pattern to grade from one bust size up or down to a different hip size, as this is not a standard pattern, specialised instructions are required here, and Taylor has provided them beautifully – they are clear and easy to follow, and contain just the right amount of detail with step-by-step diagrams all the way through.
I love pockets, and I really love these pockets:
The pockets are only a part of the tunic length version of the top. They are a good size, and very easy to make.
For this version, I used a medium-weight French Terry knit. This is actually the second version that I made, my first version was done using some random what-was-I-thinking-when-I-bought-that fabric in my stash. It was striped and because I considered that I was just testing I didn’t bother to match up the stripes at all – and I really wish that I had, because it would have been wearable! However, it will now spend its days relegated to painting or something, but because it was so successful I decided to splash out and actually buy some fabric to make a good version for myself. I had been in Spotlight a few weeks earlier and saw this fabric, I admired it greatly, but didn’t have a project in mind for it, and it wasn’t what I was there for, so I was so incredibly strong and I didn’t buy any that day, but I remembered it, and when I went back – it was still there! yay!
It has a denim look with a rose print in varying shades of indigo and blue. I didn’t try to pattern match this one either, with the abstract pattern I was happy to let the fabric mismatch in an unplanned way, I think it ended up with a broken-stained-glass kind of look, maybe that’s just me thought, bu tthis is perfect fabric for this time of year here in Melbourne, I have been wearing this top a lot, its just so comfortable. I actually have a small amount left – probably enough to make a mini-me matching top for one of my daughters.
As I mentioned earlier, this top is constructed using a unique triangular pattern piece. For my first version (not shown) I used a fabric marker (with disappearing ink) to trace each piece onto the fabric, but I couldn’t see the ink on this fabric, so I traced a few of the pattern pieces onto tracing paper and pinned then cut. This took a fair bit of time, but it was totally worth it.
The sleeve pattern is provided as a half-sleeve, I traced this on the fold to make a full size pattern piece and used that to cut each piece.
Almost all the sewing on this garment is done in a straight line, so I did all the seams with the overlocker. This made it a really quick sew.
I only used the sewing machine to attach the bands at the neckline, cuffs and hem. And the top-stitching.
About the top-stitching: I was going for a hand-finished kind of look and chose this feather-stitch on my machine and used a top-stitching thread (which is thicker) in a lighter shade of blue. This also held all my seam allowances (which are tiny because I used the overlocker) flat and made the joining of the pieces together quite easy. But it took such a long time, and used 2 reels of thread – at 30 metres each that is quite a lot of stitching, who would have thought it would be that much? Although I really like the finished effect, I wouldn’t do that again.
I have been trying to sew more for myself lately – I find that ready-to-wear clothes are often ill-fitting and poorly made with cheap materials. However, sewing for myself is quite daunting, every pattern designer will have their clothes fit slightly differently and it can be challenging to assess what adjustments to fit might be required before daring to cut into some expensive fabric – and adult sized clothes use a lot more than clothes for babies and little kids, so the loss can be great. However, this pattern really has motivated me to continue to try more and to be a bit adventurous too. Fun clothes that fit well don’t have to be just for the littlies – they can be for me too!
I really love this top, I have already made another, I hope to get some photos of that one too and share it soon. This is a great pattern, and I highly recommend it, I can see that I will make more of these in the future – there are so many creative possibilities with it, and it could be the most amazing scrap buster too – so far I have only used a single fabric for the whole garment, but I’m already having some different ideas!
Thanks for reading.