I have quite the growing collection of woven fabrics, but for years I almost exclusively sewed with knits. I never felt completely confident in my fabric knowledge and that kept me from really exploring more woven garment patterns. Now that I have a better handle on picking the fabrics that are more appropriate for the garment, I have a new love of woven garments.
Last week I was looking for a quick morning project and decided to find a pattern that would be perfect for this rayon chambray from Indiesew. Unfortunately this fabric is already sold out, but this black and white crepe would be amazing for this pattern. After scanning through my pattern collection I came across the Seamwork Loretta and knew it was the perfect choice.
This is the first Seamwork pattern I have sewn up and I am incredibly happy with it. If you aren’t familiar with Seamwork it is a monthly subscription where for $7 a month you get 2 credits to use on patterns, each Seamwork pattern costs 1 credit. You can use them on the two new release patterns every month or any of the patterns in their extensive collection. If you are like me and have multiple credits stored up, you can also use 3 credits to get 1 Colette pattern. Super handy for those of us with an excess amount of credits 🙂
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Okay back to Loretta…
When this pattern was first released I purchased it immediately, there was something about the lines of it that I thought would be super flattering on me. I have found that if I am going to wear an oversized top I need to have it on the shorter end so that it skims my high hip giving me a little shape. Otherwise I feel like I am wearing a sack or need to wear a belt over it.
The good news about the pattern is that if you want to wear it in a tunic length with a belt or tie the pattern includes that.
The best part about this pattern are the sleeves, and in this fabric they hang like a dream. They give the pattern a modern look without being too over the top. The perfect amount of flowy feminine details.
The pattern came together incredibly quick, so quick in fact that I nearly sewed another one up.
Based on the size chart I sewed a 4 graded out to a 12. There is a large amount of ease in this pattern, so if you don’t want as much room you could easily go down a few sizes from what the chart says. I think the shape of the pattern as is works really well with this drapey fabric and I wouldn’t change a thing about my next one. And if you are wondering, there will be a next one. It is such a comfortable yet pulled together look.
The top works great as a transition piece that will take me through these strange weather days of fall in the pacific northwest or layered through the winter. I can’t wait to wear it next spring with some white jeans and sandals.
I couldn’t be happier with how the pattern turned out and will definitely be sewing up my other Seamwork patterns in the near future.
Great to read about your experiences with the Loretta top as I just spend one of my credit on the pattern the other night 🙂 It looks good on you, and I’m looking forward to sewing it from some of my wowen fabric in my stash.