You would never know from her pattern that she hasn't released a sewing pattern before. Though, from learning of her background in fashion design, I shouldn't be surprised. I adore sewing and creating amazing garments by mixing up fabric textures and prints. I claim no expertise on pattern design and give a million kudos to the designers for figuring out how to size up etc. I'm blissfully ignorant to the process.
- The Dahlia Top is sized for 12 months to 11/12 which is perfect for my family. I love to get double use out of a pattern and since my girls are 6 years apart in age, I love patterns that go up beyond an 8.
- Though I am typically a huge fan of pictures to show how to do steps in patterns, Rachel did a great job with her illustrations and think that they were very easy to follow.
- The Dahlia Top is constructed using one piece for the front and one for the back making it a quick sew; you do not have to attach the sleeves separately. This construction gives the top a very modern fit and the approval from my very fashion oriented almost 11 year old. The bands and cuffs are just the icing on the cake.
- The pattern comes with directions to make the sweetest flower that is very versatile. You can use it on the shirt, make a headband, or even a pin.
- For this pattern, I followed the instructions and cut out my front and back with the fuchsia jersey.
- I then cut out a second front panel using a stretch lace. Make sure you choose a stretch lace otherwise you might not get a head through the top. Ask me how I know about not using stretchy enough fabric on a top :)
- Then lay the lace on top of the knit WRONG sides together. Lay the back piece on top of the lace RIGHT sides together. Proceed in the pattern as instructed.
- When you attach all of the cuffs, just make sure you are catching the lace in there too. The nice thing about the lace is that is sort of sticks to the jersey so it didn't shift much for me.
- Finish off the look by top stitching the collar and hem cuffs. It makes for a much nicer finished product.