Synthia by Designer Stitch

Designer Stitch* has just released the Synthia Ruffled Top, and it's absolutely gorgeous.

I don't pay that much attention to the clothes available in the shops - I wear what I like, and these days usually make it myself. But even I have noticed that ruffles and flounces are just everywhere. As usual, Designer Stitch patterns are totally on trend.

I've been wanting to sew up a shell (woven tank/top) for a while now, and the details on this one are just beautiful.

The flounce falls across the front of the chest, and cascades beautifully around the armholes. I tried very hard to be patient and accurate hemming the flounce, as the back is very visible around the armholes, and while it's not perfect, it's a lot better than previous small hems. These are my sewing kryptonite - I have always struggled with a nice even small hem, and have gone to all sorts of lengths to avoid them.

The way the ruffles fall, does mean that fabrics with an obvious right and wrong side can look a little odd, as the reverse side is quite visible around the armholes. This fabric does have a visible right & wrong side, but I think it's similar enough to work with.  I found the fabric at an op shop once upon a time. It's completely synthetic, so not that nice to wear in the hot humid weather we've been having lately. But as the weather cools, I can totally see it paired with jeans or long pants. For now I've paired it with my Megan Skirt (also by Designer Stitch - blog post here), but I can see it with my Tanner Culottes (another trendy Designer Stitch pattern - blog post here) for a totally fashionable outfit.

I have plans for other versions in voile, rayon, satin or chiffon.  If I can find some suitable silk, that would be just gorgeous. The fabric needs to be nice and drapey for the ruffles to flow nicely.

For a beautiful fit, there are cup sizes from B to DD (please note, this does not directly correlate to your bra cup size).  There is also a zipper at the back - I'm such a fan of invisible zippers. I think I may add a hook and eye closure to the next one, just to finish off the top of the zip.  I've done a lot of wrangling and testing, and it is possible for me to zip this top up (and down) by myself, and I don't have a lot of flexibility reaching my back.

The pattern includes two length options. This is the shorter length.  I also included a sway back adjustment in this one - taking out a triangle in the back, then adding some length back in at the bottom.  Normally I end up with bunching at the back - so deal with it, or tuck in the top. So having a top that falls nicely across the top of my hips is a great perk of making my own clothes.

The Synthia Ruffled Top is on sale for $7 (ending Saturday 10 February) for it's release.

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  1. What a fabulous post Kate. Well done on your make and I am so proud of your Synthia top - and I love how you spent the time to adjust for your common figure changes. Kudos to you. xx

  2. Those hems worked out just fine. No more kryptonite for you ;-)

    Nice outfit!


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