Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Ansley Top By Blaverry Blog Tour
I'm excited to be a part of this blog tour for a great pattern...that goes up to tween sizes..yea!!! The pattern is the Ansley Twirl Top/Dress by Blaverry Patterns and it has been well received. Sophia styled this one a little bit country chic and I like the look. There are just so many possibilities with this great pattern!
The pattern is available in the Etsy shop of Blaverry and it goes up to size 14. And get this...there are a ton of options: 2 dress, 2 top, 6 sleeve, 3 collar, 3 hem. You can do the math, but that means a lot of different styles (I'll be sharing another one over at Daisy Chain Creations in a couple of days). Needless to say, this pattern is a bargain when you think of all of the options. The only thing needed is some woven fabric and a couple of buttons. As for skill level, this would be a good advanced beginner pattern.
I really followed the pattern as is for this top, but added the lace by chopping off most of the short sleeve. The only real deviation I made was to pleat the front instead of gather it...just a little more flattering on a tween, I think. I also added just one button. Since the top is loose enough, I figured Sophia would be wearing something underneath it and liked how my contrasting placket stuck out a little...which I forgot to get a picture of.
The Good--Easy to follow directions, layered pattern options for printing of not only size, but style options as well, easy to sew up and doesn't require too much extra stuff...I had all that I used in my stash. Plus it's a comfortable shirt that could be layered for winter.
The Bad--The directions are a little more minimal than a lot of the pdfs out there. They are more in line with the standard printed patterns...no hand holding and example pictures for every single step. That's why I said advanced beginner for skill level...there is an assumption of sewing knowledge behind some of the steps. That's not really a bad thing, but something to be aware of. Also, Sophia was hoping the top would be more tunic like...so next time I'll make it a little longer.
The Ugly--Really nothing...
I give this pattern 4 bolts.
As for the look...I think I like the country look on my girl.
So if you are looking for a great pattern...go check out the Ansley Top/Dress and don't forget to use the discount code. Then go check out the other versions that these amazing ladies are coming up with!
Disclaimer--I received this pattern was given to me for free as part of the tour, but all opinions are my own.