The call to test came during a week of 110F degree weather, so perfect timing for me. I do not have a ton of summer clothing I can wear, especially work appropriate tops. I was able to toss on a lightweight cardigan and wear Ella to the office, and when it came time to leave I simply removed the cardigan. The Cami could not have been more perfect for the boiling hot weather.
Ella was so easy to stitch together. Using a lightweight woven fabric you simply stitch the bodice, add the straps, ruffle, and facing. This top is perfect for a quick summer sew, definitely an hour max.
The pattern is printed in layers and a chart tells you what pages you will need for each piece. Ann has written very clear instructions and great illustrations for easy assembly as found in all her patterns.
I made a size 4, no alterations, using a silky print I acquired from Joann's about 10 years ago. Since there is flexibility in the strap length, mine are about 10 inches. The pattern is a multisized pattern ranging from 2-22 U.S. and you will need elastixc for the waist. Ella can easily be made as a set or separates. I have found it is easily made into a dress, but thats for another day.
The name Ella reminds me of someone light and bubbly. Whether you are wearing Ella out on the town or home to sleep in, you cannot help but feel a little lively maybe enough to dance around in. Get your copy of Ella while it is free and take advantage of the current sale too.
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