If you’re a sewer you’ll know that there have been dozens and dozens of these tops all over sewing social media in all the beautiful fabrics so after lusting over about 600 of them on Instagram I decided it was time I gave this pattern a try.
I downloaded the PDF file direct from the True Bias website for $10.00, it winged it’s way into my Inbox and I printed it straight out. Given that there are only five pattern pieces in total to print, this pattern was very quick to put together using the cut and stick method and very quick to cut from the fabric too as the pattern shapes are nice and simple.
I had in my stash a beautiful yellow bird print polyester fabric which I knew would be perfect for this top so for my first attempt I used that. I love the finished result of this top, it hangs beautifully on but I do think, on me, both front and back are a little low cut for my modest liking so for my second attempt I rounded out the necklines on both to give a little more coverage (more on that later).
In terms of construction, the top itself comes together so quickly and I actually think turning the spaghetti straps through was the longest part about the construction of my first go, for some reason I just could not get them to turn through with my Prym turning tool thingy. I gave in in the end and used a safety pin which worked much better.
What I also love about this top is the lining, it’s kind of half lined which I think gives a lovely finish inside. The pattern calls for you to double hem the lining to finish but I overlocked the edge and turned up a narrow hem instead which I think works just fine.
Second time around I used this beautiful navy floral print fabric from John Lewis, I think it’s a polyester and, as I mentioned earlier, I rounded out both front and back pattern pieces by measuring where the neckline of one of my other more modest cami tops sits and, using a dish (no fancy tools here!) to give me the shape I needed I drew the curve onto a piece of pattern paper and added it to the pattern to raise it up to the height I wanted. As you can see from the pictures below I’ve unfortunately lost the lovely V shaped neckline that I really like about the pattern by doing this but I’m much more happy with the result on my shape and I know I’ll feel more comfortable wearing this altered version.
All in all I absolutely love this pattern, it took me around an hour and a half to make from cut to finish and now I’ve perfected the neckline on me I know I’ll be making a wardrobe full of them for the summer months ahead.
Have you tried this pattern, how did you find it?