Pattern Review

Gwen Top from Pattern Anthology

Creative Counselor: Gwen Top

With the new Pattern Anthology collection releasing today, I thought I’d share my make from this latest collection.  This is the Gwen Top, the See Kate Sew contribution to the Pattern Anthology Unbiased collection.  I was a tester for this pattern back in August,** so just a disclaimer that I didn’t pay for this pattern (but was not asked to write a review).

Creative Counselor: Gwen Top

This pattern is a play on a basic t-shirt/dress.  The basic block is a tee with either a top or dress length, and the pattern comes with a few different options to spice it up a bit.  At the time I made this top, Kate was particularly interested in feedback on the button placket, so I made a top with the button placket.

Creative Counselor: Gwen Top

I must say, this all went together pretty smoothly.  Even at the testing stage, there wasn’t much that needed to be done with the drafting itself.  The pieces were in pretty darn good shape, except that the top was suuuuuuper long on me!  I actually shortened mine by 7″ and then did a 1″ hem to get this length.  In hindsight, it might be a tad short.  I think shortening it 4-5″ would have been perfect.

Creative Counselor: Gwen Top

Not much more to share from a construction standpoint.  The neckline is finished with a facing, which I actually really like.  I know a lot of people are anti-facing, but I think they give a really nice finish.  The back facing is sewn down to hold it in place, and the front one stays in place nicely.  But the facing is only for the button placket view.  The pattern also includes a standard neckband.

Creative Counselor: Gwen Top

In addition to the top and dress, this pattern also includes a knit pencil skirt version.  I tested that also and will share my pencil skirt soon!

Creative Counselor: Gwen Top

So what are you making from the latest Pattern Anthology release?

Pattern: Gwen Top/Dress by See Kate Sew

Cost: Currently part of the Pattern Anthology Bundle for $29.95

Size: S

Fabric: Blue striped bamboo jersey from Michael Levine.

Difficulty: Intermediate

Techniques required: Working with knits, sewing a facing, inserting a half placket, sewing buttons and button holes, attaching a neckband (with other views)

Similar patterns: Any number of t-shirt patterns could be modified for this look.  It would be a simple matter of adding a button placket to the center front.

Modifications: I shortened the top to hit at my high hip (though in hindsight I should have left in a couple of inches longer.  Otherwise I made no modification because I was testing the pattern and I always try to stick as close to the pattern as possible when testing.

Fit: Good.  Knit tops are very forgiving.  I think this pattern runs a little big though.  My measurements should put me at the top of the small range, but there is a lot of ease in this top.  If I did it again, I’d size down to the XS.

Pattern Format: PDF.  Kate’s PDF patterns aren’t terribly cumbersome. Like most indie designers who have beginner sewists in mind, her instructions are too long and wordy for my liking with too much introduction before I get to the actual sewing instructions. But I could find the seam allowance easily, and her placket instructions made sense.  The other stuff she included in the instructions (like step by step on how to do an FBA) would be very helpful for a beginner.


  • Good instructions on placket insertion, which is undoubtedly the trickiest part.
  • Fun add-ons to make this dress or top unique.
  • Comfortable and easy to wear.


  • The pattern runs a little big.  Next time I’d size down.
  • This top could easily be recreated from any t-shirt pattern.  Most of us already have a TNT t-shirt pattern so that makes it hard to justify the money.

Overall grade:  B-.  This is a nicely-done pattern but isn’t different enough from what’s already out there for me to spend my money.

**Disclaimer:  I received this pattern for free in exchange for testing it and providing feedback.  This top was sewn from the test pattern, not from the final pattern.  I maintain that all opinions are my own, but I acknowledge that getting free things can impact opinions whether I realize it or not, so please take this review however you see fit.

0 thoughts on “Gwen Top from Pattern Anthology

  1. Wow. This shirt wasn’t attracting my attention that much on the pattern anthology pic. But your version with the stripes in two directions is sooo good! love it

  2. Looks great! I love what you did with the stripes too. I always tell myself I won’t buy anymore patterns, but I liked this bundle so much that I gave in. I do need some basic pieces for fall especially tops, so hopefully these patterns will help! Will you be making the dress version?

    1. There are some nice knit top options in this bundle. I might make the dress version, but I’m still undecided. I also tested the pencil skirt that’s included (I’ll post separately about that), and definitely will make more of those!

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