Introducing The Kate Top by Tessuti Fabrics
The lovely folks at Tessuti have been busy lately, releasing patterns in time for summer, and just as exciting; they are running a sewing competition (of course it is sewing competition, what else would it be!) The brief is simple:
All you have to do is make your Kate and share it on Instagram or Facebook…you can win $500 1st prize, $300 2nd prize or $200 for 3rd prize.
That’s pretty generous isn’t!
So I put my other sewing projects aside and got straight to it. (Those plans of handmade christmas presents…whoosh out the window!)
The Pattern: The Kate Top by Tessuti. I chose View B, a size small, then did a FBA. It’s the first time I did a proper bust adjustment on a woven, and I’m a happy with it. I could probably take it in a cm on the next top.
The Fabric: For the front is Liberty Scharing Tana Lawn in Blue. I thought I’d use Liberty for the front and back, but after a long time staring at the fabric pattern repeat and making my eye’s hurt, I decided I wanted to go for a plain on the back. The risk of not properly pattern-matching-plaid was giving me heart palpitations, so I choose a chambray purchased from Clegs awhile back. I was smiling again and heart beat returned to normal. 😉
The Alterations: Apart from the FBA, I made one change: I omitted the back opening. The toile I made slipped easily over my head, so I didn’t need a back neck opening. The Kate is a boxy, cropped style top, and being 5’7″ (or 171cm) I checked if I need to add a smidgen of length, but no didn’t need to.
The pattern also shows an alternative method of neck and armhole binding, which is essentially the reverse of the typical method and the binding shows on the outside. I went with the usual method sewing the binding to the inside, but I’m still debating on whether it would look better with the chambray binding on the outside. It would look nice on the front on the Liberty….hmmm
Verdit: Kate is a great little top with a couple of added finishing touches that separate it from a regular singlet style top; the alternative binding method, the side slits with mitered corners and the back keyhole neck opening option on View B.