Winter is coming. Actually, as I type this, it’s around 55 degrees in my sewing room and my fingers are numb, so I feel like fall is already conquering me and there’s no way I can make it through the winter. I think I need to start looking into how I can migrate south for the winter like birds and retirees. But until then, I’m going to focus on making cute, cozy winter clothes. Like this comfy Bethioua top!
The Bethioua is part of the Indiesew Winter Collection, which launched today. Actually, it’s just kind of a happy coincidence that the launch of the winter collection lines up nicely with the fact that I finally finished this WIP that’s been sitting on my sewing table for over a month. Perks of procrastination?
I completely copied the Bethioua sample in the Indiesew shop by using the same, really awesome French terry fabric that is sadly sold out now. But, keep an eye out for more fabrics coming to the Indiesew Fabric Shop. Allie gave me a sneak peek of all the fabrics she ordered recently and I might have tried to sneak like 5 bolts out of her studio!
For this Bethioua, I made the size 34 with the rounded hem and close fitting sleeve cuffs. The only modification I had to make was to shorten the sleeves by about 2 inches since they were long on me. The sleeve/back construction is really interesting and I think it makes this raglan skirt totally unique! Also, shoulder darts are where it’s at!
I would rate this pattern as intermediate or adventurous beginner. The directions don’t explain how to attach a neckband or sleeve cuffs, so that might be tricky for someone if they haven’t done it before. Personally, I always use the “clock” method; I mark with pins where 12, 3, 6, and 9 on the neckline would be and then I mark 12, 3, 6, and 9 on the neckband. Then I match them up, right sides together, and stretch evenly between each pin as I sew.
Overall, this top came together pretty quick. I made it completely on my serger and it sewed up in probably less than an hour once I sat down to actually sew. Of course, there was like 4 weeks in between from when I cut the pattern pieces to actually sewing it, but that seems to be my style lately. Slow. Like snail slow. There just isn’t enough time in the day (or month, as it seems).
Photo Credit: Indiesew