Seaside Notions Pensalcola Top8:00 AM
I want to thank Seaside Notions for giving me a copy of this pattern for review. As always, all opinions remain my own. I've been eye...
I want to thank Seaside Notions for giving me a copy of this pattern for review. As always, all opinions remain my own.
I've been eyeing the Seaside Notions Pensacola Beach Petal Top since its release last summer. Its SO pretty and looks really fancy. But if you know me at all, I really aim for quick and dirty sews, not the long detailed stuff.
Thankfully someone in Pattern Reviews and Resources on Facebook was looking for a detailed review of this pattern. It was the perfect time to jump in with both feet.
Now I've got a few confessions to make. I'll be sure to intersperse that within the review.
I opted for the bias trimmed version because I assumed it would be faster. I'm not sure it is ever actually faster when you make your own bias tape, but I'd rather iron a bunch of yards of bias tape than hem those curved edges. Personal preference there. Either option looks really beautiful and put together.
I did not add the ruffle sleeve or cap sleeve. Mostly to save time. I do like how the sleeve is completed and results in a completely lined cap sleeve, rather than just hemmed. It looks well finished and very nice and clean.
The shoulder seams aren't quite trued. You'll get tiny little triangles to trim off once you press them open. That however was the only problem I could find in a very well drafted pattern. And seems like a small bump in an otherwise pretty amazing pattern. I've got a blog post here about how to true a pattern. Use Option #1 and you can fix the shoulders easily. OR, just trim off the little triangles. I won't tell. ;)
The placket on this is properly done and is even offset so that when you bring the front and back bodice pieces together it is perfectly lined up. Confession #2- I struggled getting the bodice and the skirt to line up. I have no idea why. 3 tries of doing the exact same thing and finally it lined up properly. I'm 100% sure it was my fault. That's what I get for sewing late at night when I was really tired. But I promise it lines up properly. :)
Final confession, I still haven't mastered the art of photographing hot pink fabrics. This top is super cute in real life, but it looks overly red in all my photos. :( She is of course still super adorable. I just wish I could get a good photo of the true beauty of this fabric.
Seaside Pensacola Beach Petal Top through April 25. This pattern gets my seal of approval. :)