Monday, February 5, 2018

Designer Stitch Release of Synthia

I have been away from my sewing machine for a little while, but to be honest, any time away is far too ling. What brought me back was the latest release from Ann at Designer Stitch, the Synthia Ruffle Top. Spring is on its way here in California, we are even getting a taste of the warmer weather this week so it was perfect timing.
I originally picked out a lovely satin like fabric that had been in my stash for several years, ok almost 10 years. It reminded me of another hobby of painting, but it did not look right with the ruffle because the wrong side was way to noticeable and I felt it took something away from the top. I removed the ruffle and kept this version to wear under a cardigan now, and on its own when the true warmer weather hits.
Attempt number two turned out way better. I found this lovely fabric from Joann's that literally jumped off the shelf while looking for something else. It's only downfall is it happens to be a stretch chiffon. Not too much stretch, but enough to forego the zipper on this version. I love changing patterns up a little bit, but prefer to make it as written first.
The directions for the Synthia are clearly written in typical Designer Stitch fashion. I did have an issue at first on the ruffle, but after a second good read I figured it out. Definitely a pattern for a confident beginner though, with the rounded hem and ruffle.
As for fit, I made a 5 with 6 at the hips for a little added room. Both versions fit perfectly. The only alterations made to the pattern itself was a swayback adjustment, and I need to take in the seam from mid back to the collar, this is done on all my patterns though.
If you are looking for a stylish top for warmer weather, I have not seen anything more on point. You will love how it pairs with the Designer Stitch  Tanner  Culotte or Alyse Pant for the whole look. It's so versatile that it really goes with anything. You can get your copy here, and you will not be disappointed. It is currently priced at $7.00 for a limited time.

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