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Alex's Matcha Muse Top

Alex in green blouse

Alex has been a floor tiger with us for a few years, and specializes in cross-stitch masterpieces! Check out Alex’s instagram here to see more!

I was interested in this project because I was looking to replace some of my old favorite tops with something more updated and fitting with the new "style" I'm working on transitioning towards.

Alex in green top

Pattern: Matcha Top by Sew Liberated
Size Made: 12
Fabric: Mojito Slub in Olive
Notions: Pellon 911FF Interfacing, matching thread
Modifications: Pattern calls for 5/8" seam allowance, I did 1/2" seams and I think it really made a difference in the sleeve fitting (they would have been too tight with 5/8" seams).

Close up green blouse

This was a good challenge and I had fun--but it had its moments. I ended up having to re-do the collar three times, including cutting out a new interfacing piece! I also haven't had to gathers in fabric for a project in years. This pattern was a nice refresher for that, but it was definitely a challenge to evenly distribute my gathers into a pleasing and fitting layout. Thankfully the material is very forgiving in its drape and I can't wait to wear it come warmer weather.

Close up blouse collar

Pro tip: serging areas suggested by the pattern was a lifesaver! The pattern also suggests cropping it to a certain length based on your proportions, but I'm really happy with the length as-is. Speaking of fit: I love that the sizing of the pattern is based off of your shoulder-to-shoulder across the back measurement, as it gives me ample room for arm movement. Additionally, as a pear-shaped body I often have troubles with waist vs bust for fitting, and this pattern accommodates all my shapes perfectly.

Comments on this post (1)

  • Apr 10, 2021

    Oh, I had frustrating moments with the collar and the armholes being too tight, too – glad it wasn’t only me! Alex, your seamstress skills are better than mine, so my half-finished Matcha in my coveted green moth-print lawn fabric sits in my basket of UFOs!

    — Jen M.

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