A review of Tilly and The Buttons ORLA top
More about exposed ZipsI really like this top and I now have three versions of it, the latest one being stitched in just half a day last week!
The pattern is available from Jaycotts.co.uk Tilly and the Buttons ORLA top
The thing I like most about this pattern is that it forces you to do something I go on about constantly, and that is to take your measurements and cut out the pattern size which most closely resembles your actual measurements. If in doubt go up a size, it is easy to take seams in, not always easy to find extra room if you did cut out the wrong size.
The pattern instructs you to insert an exposed zip. When I looked in my sewing room I found this diamante zip which I have been longing to use for ages.
The instructions for the top are concise and so easy to follow that I will not go into them too much here. Just be sure to use a normal zipper foot when you are stitching the zip in place.
To sew an exposed zip then please take a look at my blog post Tilly and the Buttons Francoise
Jaycotts are now stocking some wonderful lace zips from Prym which I will be showing you how to use very soon, meanwhile for more information about them or any of their products ring them or fill in the contact form Contact Jaycotts
I did the zip first, then I did the back darts and the front dart. The front has one long curved dart which is very flattering indeed. The back has waist darts and shoulder darts which make the back very fitted. It makes a lovely shape believe me.
This is the front dart from the right side, it looks really elegant and will flatter any figure
When it comes to making the collar you need to iron on some good quality lightweight interfacing to one pair of collar pieces.
Stitch the collars together. Then you need to reduce bulk by trimming the seam allowance and cutting triangles out along the seam allowance, cutting almost right up to the stitches. Press, turn right sides out, press. Attach to the top, with the collars meeting in the middle.
The sleeves are next and again the instructions are tremendous, everybody will be able to follow them if not Tilly and the Buttons have a tutorial on their site, so again Excuse me if I do not go into fitting them, I cannot improve on the instructions already available.
The hem is interesting. It is a faced hem. It is a fabulous way of finishing any curved hem and I am certain that once you have done it you will find uses for it again. It does give an I credibly neat finish to the garment.
Well, here is my top, it even looks good on my manequin!