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Itch to Stitch’s Seychelles top

by Elsa

Let’s start the review of this new top, the Seychelles top.

It’s been designed by Itch to Stitch and sewn in  a lovely, but slippery,  charmeuse from Minerva.

I’ll tell you later how I tamed that tricky fabric.

Seychelles, the epitome of the easy top

Simplicity is key in this top. No closure, you just put it on and off you go. I like that Kennis has a nice collection of easy tops such as the Busan for knit or the Melrose for wovens.

Seychelles top, La Casa Cactus

Seychelles offers a V neck finished by a facing topstitched from the outside. Darts shape the bust area. You can choose between two sleeve lengths: short sleeves with pleats or long sleeves with a button loop at the cuffs.

Seychelles top, La Casa Cactus

That’s a real beginner-friendly pattern.

What type of fabric for Seychelles?

I think that a lightweight fabric with enough drape will be perfect. Otherwise, you’ll end up with something close to scrubs.

Some Liberty lawn, double gauze, viscose, even a cotton-silk blend, would lake a dreamy top. I had this silky charmeuse I mistakenly added to my cart on the Minerva website. When I got it, I was like “well, not my type. How on Earth did I order that???”.

But, actually, I really like it with the Seychelles top.


I lowered the bust darts a good inch or nearly.

I slightly shortened the length. I tend to wear my knit tops over my bottoms whereas my woven tops are worn tucked in so I need more length for a little blousy effect, but not as long as the drafted length.

With such a length you can wear it fully or half tucked in.


Tips for tricky fabrics!

This charmeuse was just untameable: slippery, static +++, etc.

First step: spray starching it. I used my old faithful spray starch and things went more easily afterwards.

Second step: using a rotary cutter. Less shifting of fabric.

Third step: using a thin needle (size 70 or 80).

Fourth step: this one depends on your sewing machine. I lowered the pressure of my pressure foot down to 2. If you can’t, try using a walking foot.

And, last but not least, my favorite lazy trick: instead of basting the outer edge of the facing before topstitching it, I used some Wondertape lengths. So easy!

Honestly, I wasn’t so sure about my fabric, but the pattern pairs parfectly with it. Now I think that a navy blue Tana lawn Seychelles would be lovely.

Pattern: Seychelles top

Fabric: silky charmeuse

Notions: Vilene H180 and buttons from my stash

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