Happy Friday everyone! I'm working from home today, and having a nice relaxing time too.
I have a new top to share with you today. It's the Polly top from By Hand London and is highly recommended by me.
I initially downloaded this free pattern as I was looking for potential patterns to use for a class I'm hoping to teach. I wasn't sure if this would be a good one to use, or if Colette's Sorbetto would be better. Having made both patterns now, my preference is definitely the Polly top. I'll tell you why shortly.
As you can see I've made mine from a single fabric, rather than having a contrast panel in the front. You can still see that there is a panel there, it's just a lot more subtle.
There are no darts on this pattern, instead the curves of the front panel provide all the shaping at the front, while the back is just a gentle A-line.
The pattern itself went together very easily - once I'd taped together the 30 sheets of the pdf download. That's my only gripe with this pattern - there were pretty large borders around the sheets, it could definitely be made to fit onto fewer pages.
I used French seams for the shoulders and side seams, and for the front panel I used a standard seam, trimmed the seam allowance down and finished it with a small zigzag stitch. I was a bit worried about how easily the curved front seams would fit together, but with plenty of pins they matched up perfectly.
I then topstitched my front seam, both to make the seam allowance lay flat, and to make it stand out a little bit more.
I wanted this top to be work appropriate so I made some changes to the neckline. As drawn, the front and back necklines are rather low, and the armholes cut in somewhat.
As we are not allowed to wear sleeveless or revealing garments in the office, I raised the front neckline by just over an inch and the back neckline by a good couple of inches. I also widened the shoulders so the armholes aren't too revealing.
Below are photos of the pattern pieces as I altered them. The green highlighted lines show where I should have cut for my size.
So why do I prefer this pattern to the Sorbetto? Well, mainly the shaping. I know many people love the Sorbetto, but I find it too boxy on me. Polly seems to be drafted for my shape and I think it's generally a "cooler" style than the Sorbetto.
I think you do need to use a nice drapy fabric for this pattern. I used a heavy-ish polyester georgette which worked really well. I'm not sure I would like it as much in a cotton lawn or quilting cotton, but then I'm not a great lover of cotton fabrics for anything to be honest! I much prefer the drape of a crepe de chine (whether synthetic or natural fibres) or a viscose.
I'll definitely be making more Pollys. I have some gorgeous ivory silk with random black splodges on that I think would work really well, and I also have enough of my Oonapalooza fabric left over for a top. I may well use one of those fabrics to make the pattern as intended with the lower neckline and armholes, as neither of them are fabrics I would wear to work. I'm not sure I can see myself making this with 2 contrasting fabrics though. Perhaps if I found just the right ones... never say never!
Have you made this pattern? Do you think you'd prefer this or the Sorbetto? I'd be interested to find out.