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Vernazza Color-Block Top {pattern review}

2015 June 8

Inspiration from a 80′s rock band anyone?! This top is a first “wearable” muslin of the Vernazza Color-Block Top. It’s not perfect, but I like the front panel and colour-blocking so I decided to take photos anyhow! This pattern is from the book: Just for You, that I recieved as part of my Sewlebrity Sewalong post in January. I have finally gotten around to making another project from it, and finished just in time to be part of May’s Sewalong.

Since it was Made be Me May last month, I was looking for another top to sew for myself so I could round out the photos I was taking. It so happened that I read a post on Sew Can She’s blog and remembered that I could make this top. I had also just picked up a knit panel at the fabric store and was trying to find somewhere to use it.

Thoughts on the pattern:

  • It’s well laid out and written.
  • The photo instructions are very clear.
  • Includes tips to make your top look less handmade. (Which I failed to do because my knit hemming/top stitching skills need lots of practice!)

Here are a few things I love about it:

  • It’s really well thought out and explained pattern.
  • Comes in sizes XS-XL.
  • Uses proper techniques to finish seams etc.
  • The style of the top is different, I don’t know of many other top patterns that have side panels.

Thoughts on the fit:

  • LOVE that it fits pretty well. Especially on the front. The back is a bit large, but that could be because I altered the pattern quite a bit (see below).
  • I find that I generally should have made one size down from whatever I think I need on most patterns. Not sure if I am bad at measuring myself or if I tend to like a more fitted finished product.

Things I changed from the original pattern:

  • I removed the color blocking from the back to save a bit of time when sewing it. This probably altered the fit quite a bit since I had to curve the pieces a bit to fit them together properly.

Things I might change next time:

  • Use a more structured knit. This one was so thin it was hard to hem – as seen in the photos!
  • Use hem bands to omit the hemming all together and see how it looks.
  • If the hem bands don’t work I’m going to make the sleeves a bit smaller around.
  • Try one or two sizes down, or make alterations – this was a first muslin after all!

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  1. June 10, 2015

    Cute!! I am wondering if I’d hate the sleeves; I have chicken arms. I might have to try it anyways :)

    • June 15, 2015

      Thanks Stephanie! I think you could make the arms a lot smaller – since it’s a dolman sleeve it’s easier to grade down. Or maybe make it a tank – that would be cute too! Go for it!

  2. June 14, 2015

    Nice shirt, i like the colours you’ve used on this one. I’ve two sewing books, both written in Dutch by Belgian writers, so I don’t think they are available in Canada ;) . First one is called Allemaal Rokjes (All Skirts) by MmeZsaZsa, this is about skirts for girls and women, with easy and more advanced patterns. The other one is Homemade Mini Couture by Little Miss Y & Vermiljoen. This has retro style patterns for boys and girls. I’ve made the coveralls called Carpenter twice now. Altough not an easy pattern, I do like the result every time :) ( and

    • June 15, 2015

      Thanks Mirjam! I LOVE retro patterns. Especially on kids – sounds amazing! I remember your coveralls – they are amazing! Especially the piping on the back – gorgeous! :)

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