This top really attracted me because of that curved hem. I love curved hems because they visually lengthen the leg, especially when you’re petite.
Dolman sleeves have a nice insert, that can be sewn out of the same fabric or some contrast fabric. I added some lace for a bit of cuteness. I want to sew another Chemainus in solid, but with piping inserted in the dolman seams. I’ll see when I have time to do this (and add some long sleeve maybe…for winter!).
Front and back box pleats add some width that is compensated by a shaped waist. Hence a top that is not boxy. I like that shaping there for a more feminine look.
The front buttoned placket can be THE technical point. Kennis walks us throught that with detailed instructions. The key is pressing those lines that she drew on the pattern piece. Nothing tricky.
My Chemainus top
I compared my measurements to both the size chart and the finished size chart. I decided to cut a size 8 B, but since my back is narrow, I downsized and cut a size 6B for the the upper bust graded to a 8 for waist and hips.
I also shortened 3 cm at the Lengthen/Shorten line. I didn’t want a too long top that would shorten me more! Besides narrow shoulders, I also have short torso. I usually have to shortent my top to hi at the right and visually make me taller than I am!
That’s the beauty of sewing for oneself: one can enhance our features.
This top asks for something lightweight and flowy to prevent any boxiness. A poplin, some viscose would be perfect.
This fabric had a nice lace border. it wasn’t as wide as the insert piece, but it’s cute nonetheless.