Petite Stitchery Emerson Top


Welcome to the Breaking Ground Blog Tour 2018. This week over 20 bloggers are joining together to break new ground by trying a pattern designer that is new to them, try new techniques, new styles, or whatever way they want to push themselves. The Full Tour includes all these creatives... we hope you'll visit us each day: Monday March 12- mahlicadesigns, Sewing Vortex, Sewing A La Carte, Little Heart Threads, The Sewing Scientist Tuesday March 13- Musings of A Seamstress, A Custom Clothier, Octaves of Color, Aurora Design Fabrics, Sew Altered Style Wednesday March 14- Flaxfield Sewing, Chook n Duck, Tales of a Tester, Sewing By Ti, Sewing Vortex, Kathy's Kwilts and More Thursday March 15- Very Blissful, Manning the Machine, Sew and Tell Project, Musings of a Seamstress, Stitches by Laura Friday March 16- Lulu & Celeste, Tenille's Thread, Sewing A La Carte, The Bear and Pea Atelier, Aurora Design Fabrics, Sprouting Jube Jube, Kathy's Kwilts and More

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I've never sewn a Petite Stitchery Pattern before. They are a company with many individuals that release patterns. My friend Sharon tagged me in a post to apply to be a tester for Petite Stitchery - and I figured - why not?  I signed up to be a tester out of curiosity more than anything. I'm always leary of trying a "new" to me pattern group - especially when the designers are not traditionally trained designers with extensive drafting experience. When I saw the first round of patterns available for testing, only one of them caught my eye. This is the Emerson Top.


I really loved the look of the deep v neck in the front and in the back of the Emerson Top. It also has a tiered sleeve version. I tried the 2 tiered sleeve on an earlier version of the pattern, and did not like the look on me and did not care for the shape of the tiers. The single flounce at the end of the sleeve is more my style and I love that it can be added to any length of sleeve.


This version is made with a cotton lycra from Made Whimsy. This is the Azure Blue which is 75" wide and its so soft and drapes well. It was perfect for this Emerson Top which will be a nice wardrobe staple that will coordinate with many of my pants. I made this version without making any adjustments for my height ( I'm 5' tall). I was able to make it with 1 yard of this fabric. The pattern is fairly simple, but beginners may have problems with the neckline facing.


These pants are the Patterns for Pirates Straight Palazzos made with swim knit from Zenith & Quasar fabric. Swim is one of my favorite fabrics for the Straight Palazzos as it feels so nice and cool in the summer, doesn't wrinkle, needs no hemming, and dries super quick for those days I get drenched going into work. These pants are super easy to make, and if you are short, like me (5' tall), then you can make them with just 1 yard of fabric.


This is an earlier version of the Emerson Top that I made during testing. This version is not as fitted in the bust - sizing up on the pattern, would give you a looser fit like this. However, the shoulders want to migrate outwards with it this loose.


This Emerson Top is made with a brushed poly from Made Whimsy. This print is not yet available. Here you can see how the double tiered flared sleeve looks on me. I was asked to do 3 tiers, but I think with my short arms three tiers would look too flamenco dancer or clown like. Which I think while 3 tiers may be flattering on a taller person, on me not so much - I think 2 tiers is pushing it.


In the end, I'm very happy with the final version of the pattern. I am likely to make it again, but will probably do a bit of pattern hacking.

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Tuesday’s Bloggers: Musings of A Seamstress, A Custom Clothier, Octaves of Color, Aurora Design Fabrics, Sew Altered Style

Wednesday’s Bloggers:  Flaxfield Sewing, Chook n Duck, Tales of a Tester, Sewing By Ti, Sewing Vortex, Kathy's Kwilts and More

Thursday’s Bloggers:  Very Blissful, Manning the Machine, Sew and Tell Project, Musings of a Seamstress, Stitches by Laura

Friday’s Bloggers: Lulu & Celeste, Tenille's Thread, Sewing A La Carte, The Bear and Pea Atelier, Aurora Design Fabrics, Sprouting Jube Jube, Kathy's Kwilts and More

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