Blog Tours, Pattern Review

Knock it Off — My Modcloth Knock Off

I had so many options and such grand plans for my stop on the Knock It Off tour this year!  But when it came right down to it, I went for something simple.  That’s partly because I really do prefer simple shapes and simple clothing, and partly because my spring pretty much went to hell in a handbasket.  Work has been crazy busy ever since the beginning of the year, and then my husband blew out his Achilles, and my oldest had a rare autoimmune reaction to a virus and spent 5 nights in the hospital.  Whew!

Creative Counselor: Santa Fe

 

So in the end, I needed to settle for some quick sews to reset my sewing mojo.  And it so happens that a style blogger I follow posted this Modcloth top on Instagram one day and I suddenly developed an urgent need to add a loose floral top to my closet!

Modcloth knock off inspiration

The pattern wasn’t hard — the Hey June Santa Fe (affiliate link) is loose and flowy and has the added benefit of already being in my stash 🙂  Finding the perfect fabric was a little more challenging.  I was fairly surprised at how much difficulty I had finding a large-scale floral print on an ivory background. I found plenty on black or pink backgrounds, but really struggled with ivory.

Creative Counselor: Santa Fe

The Canadian shop Water Tower Textiles had an amazing floral that I really wanted, but alas, they don’t ship to the US 🙁  So instead I found an incredibly soft double-brushed poly from my trusty standby, Cali Fabrics.

Creative Counselor: Santa Fe

 

And the result is that I have a lovely, flowy floral top for spring and summer!  The fabric is amazingly soft and beautiful and I just want to pet myself while wearing it.  The Santa Fe is a quick sew with a great fit and I will undoubtedly be adding more (with and without sleeves) to my wardrobe for the summer.

Creative Counselor: Santa Fe

I tend to gravitate towards solids and stripes far more often than florals, so this is a top that I may never have made if it wasn’t for this challenge.  It was nice to have the extra motivation!

Creative Counselor: Santa Fe

 

 

 

Creative Counselor: Santa Fe


Don’t forget to check out the other stops on the tour!

Monday, April 24

Lulu & CelesteCall AjairePaisley RootsAdventures with Bubba and Bug

Tuesday, April 25

Sprouting JubeJubeBeri Bee DesignsmahlicadesignsSew and Tell Project

Wednesday, April 26

Lulu & CelesteSewSophieLynnNini and AshLittle Heart Threads

Thursday, April 27

Sprouting JubeJubesewingbytiInspinrationHouse of Estrela

Friday, April 28

Lulu & CelesteDuchess & HareCreative CounselorFilles a Maman (FAM)


Pattern: Santa Fe Top (affiliate link) by Hey June

Price: $10.00 USD

Size: M

Difficulty: Beginner

Techniques Required: Sewing with knits, attaching a neckband, sewing a curved hem.

Options/Features:

  • 6 views
  • 3 sleeve/strap options
  • Color blocking options

Supplies Needed:

  • Lightweight knit fabric
  • Matching thread

Similar Patterns: The possibilities are numerous.  Swing tops and dresses are all the rage now, and the market is awash.  Just a few of the many options are the Love Notions Laundry Day Tee (affiliate link), the Closet Case Ebony, and the Named Minttu Swing Top.  But there are many more.

Fabric: Double-brushed poly from Cali Fabrics

Fit: Great.  I made zero fit modifications to this top and it is practically perfect in every way.

Modifications: I omitted the center front and back seam by cutting on the fold.  That is an included option.

Pattern format: PDF.  This PDF is a MONSTER!  That’s largely because there are so many views that require different pattern pieces.  I had this one printed in the large scale version and I am glad I did.  I think I would have gone mad trying to piece this one together.

Pros:

  • Very easy construction for a very fast sew.
  • Great shape and fit.
  • Lots of options for a swing top.  Unless you want a different sleeve type (set in or raglan), you wouldn’t need another swing top pattern.

Cons:

  • No set in or raglan sleeves for the sleeved version.
  • The PDF print-at-home is so large it would almost be unmanageable.  Thankfully the pattern comes with a copy shop version.  This pattern would have been a prime candidate to break the different views up into different files.

Overall Grade: B.  Great drafting and fit.  But the file size is incredibly daunting.

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