It seems like it’s been a while since I’ve had a really successful make that wasn’t either a pattern I’ve made before or a Sewaholic pattern. But, this top has been a great success!
This is the Natalie Top by Liola Patterns, made up in a navy floral rayon poplin from Blackbird Fabrics. Caroline from Blackbird (I feel like we’re on a first name basis thanks to her Love to Sew Podcast) describes this fabric as similar to a rayon challis, with a slightly heavier weight and smoother hand. In other words, it’s a less slippery, easier to sew, more well-behaved version of rayon challis. Count me in! I bought 2.5 yards of this fabric, but the pattern calls for just over 1.5 yards of 60″ wide fabric. I’m not sure what I was thinking, but I’m not complaining about having enough left over for another project.
A bunch of bloggers made this top when the pattern was first released in 2015, which is how I discovered this new-to-me pattern maker. I was pretty borderline about the pattern then. A lot of the tops I saw seemed to be made from stiffer fabrics, making it hang away from the body kind of awkwardly. Then, I won two patterns in a giveaway from Indiesew after completing their customer survey. As a researcher myself, I try to always participate in surveys, and it occasionally pays off. I’ve also won a Kindle this way. Anyways, that was the motivation I needed to take a risk on this pattern and I’m glad that I did.
I think that this drapey fabric and pattern are perfect together. I don’t have any complaints about the instructions or drafting, but it is a tad tight across the upper back. This isn’t unusual for me, but I wanted to note it for the next time I make this shirt. That tiny issue aside, this shirt has become one of the staples in my new work wardrobe. It is comfortable, breathable, and work-appropriate without being stuffy. Now I just need some more bottoms to pair it with! I haven’t forgotten about that quest for the perfect pencil skirt…
Pattern: Natalie Top by Liola Patterns
Fabric: 2.5 yards damask rose viscose poplin from Blackbird Fabrics
Notions: interfacing, 2 buttons, and thread from stash
Cost: $16.63 fabric + $5.40 shipping + notions from stash =$22.03
Time: 5 hours