The Sagebrush Top has great reviews and I so I thought I would give it a go…. and I’m pleased I did. It’s described as having a breezy fit ideal for the summer… and it does. I would add it’s even more versatile and a good top for layering and perfect for more dressy occasions with the right fabric. I think it would super chic using a plain fabric such as our Atelier Brunette Crepe fabrics

I wanted to use a floaty fabric and decided on the Pebbling in Summer (Sky) fabric which is a viscose/linen mix. The fabric design reminds me of little fluffy clouds to compliment the gentle puffed sleeves. This fabric is light and floaty, with just a bit of structure, so the sleeves are not too poofy. I love ruffles… and couldn’t resist adding ric-rac to the yoke for a little added detail.

The Sagebrush top is easy to make, but also contains some skills boosting including making your own bias binding and adding ruffles. The elasticated sleeves are simple – make sure you have a small safety pin to hand, to help you thread the elastic.

The fabric is a lovely sky blue, which matches my Victorian Needlepoint book which I just happen to be casually reading in this photo in my living room…. as I do most days😜. It feels more natural to be doing something… rather than striking a dorky pose (in my case!). Does anyone else collect old books… I confess I partly collect older books for the aesthetics… and can’t say I’ve read all of these. I love the cover design/colours of ‘The Boss: The Life and Times of the British Business Man’ (Published 1958). This book has some interesting commentary about the idealistic role of the Boss’s wife! Here is a peak of my old books with blue/green covers… I’m drawn to old books about Victorian decor, crafts (of course!) and those which provide a snapshot of society at a given time.

Back to the sewing…! ✂🧵✂🧵

As mentioned, you will make your own bias binding – keep this in mind when you’re selecting your fabric. As you have to cut the strip on the bias, it does take up quite a bit of fabric. If you’re a beginner, I’d recommend some careful thought on positioning your pattern pieces so you avoid waste and to make sure you don’t run out of fabric. The bias binding carries through into a tie at the back, which is a nice touch and this also makes it a simple make, as there are no buttons or zips. Ruffles are really easy – you add gathering stitches (long stitches, to help distribute the fabric) and the ruffles are sandwiched between the front yoke and front body.

There are some examples which have used piping instead of ruffles and I can’t help thinking about a version using our Atelier Brunette Graphite Rose

And the matching piping

Or… Our Atelier Brunette Shade (Ochre) and piping

The only thing I’d mention is that the top pieces do look long when you’re cutting/put the top together… however don’t be alarmed by this, the bottom seam is wide. I’m petite (5’3″) and only shortened very slightly.

This is a versatile pattern and I’m already planning plain versions in elegant, drapey fabric and long sleeved.

We’d really love to see your version #planitmakeit

Thanks for reading.

Rachael x