Hi everyone! Hope you are all having an amazing week. I don’t know about you, but I’m happy it’s Friday! Hubby normally takes the kids to school in the morning so that the baby and I can catch a few more winks, but he’s out of town right now, so I’m doing school drop offs…and running on a bit more coffee than usual. As a result, I’m super PUMPED! 🙂
Kristi from George and Ginger Pattern Company has been hard at work lately. Not only is she building her own workshop, she’s prepping to be a designer for New York Fashion Week this coming summer. On top of it all, she’s had a huge sale AND is putting out several new patterns! It’s a great time to be a George and Ginger Fan!
(She recently released the Sincerely Sawyer Sweater pattern for free. You can read about that pattern here: Sincerely Sawyer Pattern: George & Ginger Pattern Co)
Meet the Posh Top!
This latest top is one that I was hesitant about at first. I’m such a “fan girl,” that I almost immediately sign up for all of the GG pattern tests before considering whether or not it’s something I’ll wear. It’s always been such a positive experience, and Kristi’s design style seems to merge perfectly with mine, so I know that I will more than likely love the piece. I’m not a fan of turtlenecks, usually. I don’t know what it is, but something about my neck feeling closed in/restricted makes me feel a little crazy. So when I saw this pattern, my first thought was “oh no. Turtleneck”. Well….first off, it’s not a turtleneck. I suppose it’s a “mock turtleneck?” And apparently there is a big difference, as this one didn’t make me feel closed in at all!
The posh top is a fitted bodice with raglan style sleeves that come to a bell shape at the end and are fitted with a cuff, resulting in a fabulous bishop sleeve. There is trim between the neckline and shoulder pieces, which can be kept the same color/print as the rest of your shirt or used as an accent piece.
Kristi says the Posh Top is:
…the perfect pattern for sophistication while still staying comfortable! Featuring gathered and cuffed sleeves and a colorblocked and trimmed high-neckline, this beautiful, all-occasion top will take you through fall and winter! This stunning design is a must have for any trendy seamstress’ collection!
Suggested fabric for the top is a medium to heavyweight 2-way or 4-way stretch knit with structure and good recovery, such as ponte, Liverpool or cotton lycra. However, any knit fabric with at least 50% stretch will work, but may not give the same results.
This listing is for a PDF sewing pattern only, not a finished garment!
This pattern is sold as an instant download after payment has cleared.
What is included:
–Beautifully designed layered pieces for tween sizes 12 and 14, women’s sizes 0-26
–No-trim page feature
–Pieces layout on letter size, A4 and A0 size pages
–Cutting chart AND print option for rectangular pieces
–Instructions on measuring and choosing your size
–Full chart of finished measurements
–Glossary of sewing terms
–Fabric tips and tricks
–Yardage requirements and notions list
–Printing, taping and cutting instructions and layout
–Graphically designed and detailed construction photos
–Easy to understand step-by-step instructions
Kristi has been rebranding and switching things up recently and I love the way she is doing her photos for the listings. She has each size separately and then 1-2 tester pics from each size to see what they look like. She also includes all the images in an album on the Facebook group. It makes it easy for women in all size ranges (and now tweens too!) to verify that their size has been tested. I know that I would absolutely appreciate that, as a buyer. It’s always nice to know these kinds of things before buying something, isn’t it? You can find the facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1486285618343038/
For my tester version, I made the shirt out of a thin polyester blend fabric from Walmart, which I don’t recommend. We didn’t know it at first, but this shirt looks best when made from stable knits. On knits such as poly interlock, dbp, velvet or sweater knit, it tends to sag a bit in the sleeve area. It IS possible to go in and use another sleeve pattern piece (Kristi recommends the sleeve from the Sincerely Sawer sweater) if you want to have 3/4 length sleeves or just prefer it without the poofiness. The “poof” was one of my favorite things, though. 🙂
For my final version, I used this gorgeous green glitter print from Aurora Design Fabrics. I love how it seems to sparkle, even though it’s just an illusion. I also used Aurora Designs white cotton Lycra for the trim. The green was one of my favorite colorways and was part of my surprise box from Brandi this month. I’m so glad I got a Christmas-y color, as now I have a shirt to wear for holiday things that is both comfortable and dressy. You can find the glitter custom round here: Aurora Design Fabrics Pre Orders but be sure and head over there very soon, as they will be closing on the 9th of December!
Thanks so much for stopping by and reading. I hope you enjoyed it! Please let me know if you have any comments, questions or feedback! I would love to see your version of the top. Please find me here or on Facebook if you’ve made one!
Until next time,
Sewing and swimming,
April Simpson Hunt