I don’t know what it is about my closet but even though I shop like the best of them, I usually feel I have absolutely nothing to wear. Well, maybe it’s not so much my closet as it is that I’m a girl. Yeah. That’s probably it. 😉
My work clothes had been feeling particularly boring lately but I think I just made my new favorite work shirt – the Natalie Top by Liola Designs! It’s actually pretty embarrassing, but I cut the pattern out in the spring and didn’t get around to sewing it for months. Please tell me I’m not the only one who does that! My sewing list is forever long.
But, back to the shirt. The Natalie Top is a loose fitting, long sleeve top with a pleated front detail and an optional pocket. I love the unique pleated front; it totally looks like a RTW top!
I cut the size small with the extra large length in a super soft and drapey Cotton and Steel Rayon. I prefer longer tops, so adding length to shirts is a modification that I typically do.
The Natalie Top pattern comes with long sleeves and a cute button tab sleeve detail, but I love sleeveless blouses for work since they are perfect to wear with a cardigan (no bunched up sleeves) so I left the sleeves off. I just made some bias tape from the same fabric and used that to finish the raw edges.
Making the pleated front was pretty cool. It’s one of those patterns where I blindly followed along, not really sure how it was going to come together. But, voila! An amazing pleated front happened! Oh, I did add lightweight interfacing to the pleats since my fabric was quite drapey and I didn’t want droopy pleats.
If you don’t count the horrendous amount of time I took from actually cutting the pattern out in April to sewing it now, it came together pretty fast. I think it only took like 2 nights of actual work. I only wish I had finished it sooner! 🙂
Overall, I’m really pleased with this make and I can already tell that it’s going to be in heavy rotation in my wardrobe!
Top: Handmade (Natalie Top Sewing Pattern) // Jeans: Anthropologie // Shoes: Nordstrom // Watch: Nordstrom // Bag: Handmade (Tutorial Here)
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Disclaimer: The pattern in this post was provided to me free of charge but, as always, the thoughts expressed are my own.