Seychelles, the epitome of the easy top
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.
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!
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