The Seafarer Top! { A Pattern Review}

Sometimes–very rarely right now, admittedly–I like to sew for myself! This summer, I’m making more of an effort to boost my closet so it contains more than just $20 Target dresses (although those are awesome, too!). When Abby of Sew Much Ado asked if I would like to participate in the blog tour for her new Seafarer Top pattern I jumped at the chance. It’s comfy, stylish, flattering and on-trend. Right up my ally!
The Seafarer Top is a dolman-style t-shirt with numerous options. I sewed basically the simplest style available. You can also add a waist band and arm bands for a different look, which is what I plan on trying next. 

The pattern is SO well written and easy to follow. As a result, this top is really a quick sew. Something I look for in a pattern are instructions that go above and beyond the normal step-by-step stuff. Abby has really outdone her self with this pattern, providing all kinds of tips for sewing with knits, adding clear elastic to stabilize seams, and descriptions of the different options. It’s pretty fun to know I can take one pattern so many ways, and the instructions won’t get me lost along the way.
I changed some very minor details while sewing this for myself. I sewed a size Large, but I have a petite frame and can get swallowed up in a neckline if I don’t make alterations. I widened the neckline by simply cutting about 1″ to 1.5″ off the neckline. I also shortened the sleeves by 2″, which makes them look just the way they are supposed to look.

The only other change I made, was to hand-sew the binding on the neckline using Alabama Chanin’s cretin stitch, like I did with my emerald dress from the first week of Sew-Vivor. I love, love, love using hand-stitched finishing details on my clothing. It makes each garment seem so Anthropologie, somehow. Know what I mean?

The pocket is a little piece of Nani Iro, left over from testing the Junebug dress by Craftiness Is Not Optional (pics of that one to come!).

The tissue knit I used for the top came from Michael Levine’s (and I am there RIGHT NOW you guys, for LA Fabric Weekend 2013!)

I can’t wait to sew more of these tops and try the other options.  The Seafarer Top pattern is available for sale over at Sew Much Ado. Head over and grab a copy now!
Oh, and psst… I made the skirt, too. More on that, and the Summer of No Pants later!


    • says

      Awe, roomie! I miss you already, too! So fun that I was wearing this shirt around LA with you over the weekend. It was like a Seafarer photo shoot all weekend long!