I needed a ‘palate cleanser’ between a couple of big makes. Something that was uncomplicated, casual and suited to fabric that I wouldn’t cry about if failure hit.
This is the Ella Top by Liola Patterns, which is available via Indiesew. I made it using this (static-prone) polyester fabric which I found for $3 per metre over a year ago.
With the pattern, I was initially dubious about the suggested size. There appeared to be a lot of ease, but I trucked on anyway, making a size M and the fit turned out perfect. No alterations needed. Hooray!
The top features a cute back yoke and pleat, with a slight racerback shape.
I did steer away from the instructions a little to enclose the shoulder seams within the yoke pieces. Also, rather than enclose the bias ends within the seams, I stitched (once the rest of the bias piece was attached) the ends together and sewed it flat.
But otherwise, there’s nothing fancy involved and the instructions seemed well written.
This was a fun make and is probably a good one for beginners too. The bias edges are certainly a handy skill to have.
It’s a fuss free project and just what I needed to keep the sew-jo on track.