I tested their new Azaire pattern, a chic and flattering top and dress. It features a fitted bust, curved yoke, boat neckline, peplum, back darts and an invisible zip. There are two sleeve variations; ¾ length sleeves with a petal cuff or short petal sleeves. I made the top option, but I shortened it by 10cm in order to suit my style better. I went with the short petal sleeve option and I couldn't be happier.
Although the pattern calls for a woven fabric, I decided to be a rebel and I went with a stretch lace fabric for the front and sleeves and a see-through knit for the back panels. I cut a size 12 for the bust, grading to a size 14 for the waist and hips, because I wanted the top to have a more oversized fit. I didn't add a lining and I didn't need any zipper closure, due to the stretch of the fabric.
The pattern is addressed to intermediate sewers, but I believe that an advanced beginner with a little patience would be able to tackle it with no problems. It is a really well drafted pattern, with easy and very clear instructions. And what I love most is that it comes printed in a thick paper( torned rice paper drama, anyone?).
Overall, I loved working with this pattern and I can't wait to make a long sleeved version!
And the good news are that the lovely girls from Gather were so kind to offer me an extra copy to giveaway to one of you! All you have to do is leave a comment telling me how do you plan to make this pattern. I will pick a winner next Monday(Sept.26).
*Disclaimer: I received this pattern from Gather for free to test, but all opinions are my own. I sent feedback on the draft. I was not paid to test this pattern, and was given a free copy of the final pattern as compensation.*