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Designer Stitch Synthia

It's always a special day when any Designer Stitch pattern I tested is released, but this release is extra special! Synthia top is a very pretty, feminine, and elegant top for work or any occasion. It is also extra special because it has a full page feature in the PatternPages magazine! What's more is my photo is in the magazine among many other Synthia testers. It was really fun to open up the PDF and see my photo in there :-)


I chose a pretty gray chiffon from fabric.com called 'smoke'. It is semi sheer so I had to wear a cami inside. I love how dainty the sleeves look in this fabric. The drape is perfect for this pattern.


It is no secret that I love ruffles LOL! These sleeve and neckline ruffles are done in a very smart way by Ann in which the whole thing is put together first and then sewn into the neckline in one step. Gives off a very nice finish.

I did my usual adjustments to the top which include shortening the top by 1.5", and also a 1.5" swayback adjustment. I love doing the swayback because it means I no longer get pooling of fabric behind my waist which I otherwise always get in RTW or straight out of the envelope.

The testers had a quick turnaround for this top because of the magazine publication coming out so I was only able to make one final version with one quick muslin. I have plans to make more in the future but with all my other sewing planned, it will be tough! I am very happy I made this one out of chiffon though because it's given me the perfect result with the ruffles. I have a tendency to keep my best fabrics for after pattern is finalized and out into production but that means I don't get to use any of it during testing. I'm trying hard to change that mindset! My test garments are what makes up majority of my current wardrobe so it makes sense to use my good fabrics! I've been very blessed to be able to test for such talented designers. As a result, sometimes I get to brag about being in a magazine!!


Designer Stitch Synthia top is available here on Designer Stitch website.

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Comments

Diane Cullum said…
Beautiful and the perfect fabric for that perfectly draped ruffle!

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