Sew Thankful

We don’t celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday in Australia, but I still wanted to share in the Thankful spirit of things, so here is my post for the Sew Thankful Blog Tour hosted by Sewing By Ti.

I have sewn up a file that is offered for free by the designer. A lot of indie pattern designers have freebies, and there are a number of reasons why they offer them – promotions, testing the market, an introduction to brand so that potential customers and try before they buy, or just as a genuinely selfless sharing with the sewing community. Regardless of the reasons why, if you do download a free pattern, and sew it up, try to get a picture of it – modelled if you dare, flat-lay if you prefer – and share it within the relevant sewing group/s on facebook or instagram, or wherever you share your makes, and make sure to thank the designer – they do put a lot of work into what they do, and when its given out for free it is something to be thankful for.

The Thankful Top Pattern

The pattern that I have sewn up – the Thankful Top – is a pattern by George + Ginger, this pattern is available for free in the files section of the George + Ginger Pattern Group on Facebook. There are actually quite a few free patterns available there, its definitely worth checking out, especially if you are not familiar with this pattern designer, it is also a very active group, so there is always lots of sewing inspiration to be found there. Most of the free G+G patterns are only available in the group files, but there are some more available from the website, check out the pinned post in the group for all the details.

This pattern was released in April 2017 – so I have been holding onto this one for a while. It was released by the designer as a thank you to all the group members.

The Basics

This pattern is for a top with a ton of options:

* a hi-low hem or straight cut hem, which can be banded or hemmed
* sleeves can be long, 3/4 or short, with or without bands
* a deep v-neck which is designed for the back – although it has been popular when reversed, with the “v” in the front, as well.

I really love this hi-low hem, I used the option of the hem-band as well, which gives it a bit of extra length and makes it super-quick to sew (no hemming!). It is a bit hard to photograph however!

The length of the top is universally flattering. The sleeve pattern also has different lengths, I used the 3/4 length, which ended up being full-length on me once I added the cuff. This sleeve is not a fitted sleeve – it is quite loose, which makes a difference from most of the patterns that I have – and I have noticed that balloon sleeves seem to be coming into fashion lately.

The Good

Even though it is a free pattern it is still completely professionally drafted and produced – it is exactly the same quality as all the other G+G patterns.

The pdf file includes layers for the different sizes and comes with an additional A4 version of the pattern pieces (for those of us who are using the metric system.

The instructions and diagrams etc are really easy to follow. I even managed a halfway decent v-neck without any puckering on this slippery ITY (it looks all over the place in this photo – this fabric really does not know how to behave!).

The Bad

The size range is only 0-20 – the newer G+G patterns also includes smaller tween sizes and an extended range of sizes up to a 55.5 inch bust! But if you are outside the smaller size range of this pattern, then sadly you are out of luck.

Modification

I originally made the pattern up as per the instructions. And I quite liked it, but the shoulders kept slipping off and this annoyed me. So, I took some inspiration from what others have sewn up and shared within the G+G facebook group and added some criss-cross straps. To do these I simply created tubes of the same fabric and pinned them where I thought they should go, tried it on, and adjusted until I was happy with it. There was no real science there. I hand-stitched the straps onto the seam allowance of the neck band, which is a little hard to see in the photo – the black just doesn’t photograph very well.

The Fabric

This gorgeous ITY is from Sincerely Rylee. It was a pain to sew, but ultimately worth it. It drapes really nicely and the colours are really vivid.

The Blog Tour

This blog tour is hosted by Sewing By Ti, make sure to check out what the other awesome bloggers are sewing and sharing this month:

Week of November 6th:

Week of November 11th:
Week of November 18th:
Week of November 25th:

Thanks for reading!