I recently got the opportunity to try out an athletic top pattern from a (new to me) pdf pattern company - Petite Stitchery. I told myself at the beginning of this month that I would slow down on testing patterns and give myself a chance to clean my sewing room and finish some of my works in progress. That did not last very long. I think I agreed to test this top just a few days later. I am glad I did, though, because it was a quick sewing project, and I don't have any tops like it in my closet.
The Women's Symphony Top is a basic long sleeve top that has lots of fun, non-basic options to show your creativity or to use up some scraps. There are color blocking lines for the back yolk and the arms that I think would work so well for some athletic mesh or some custom scraps. The Symphony top has two views. View A has a closed back, while View B (which I made) has the open back.
The Symphony Pattern has the option of a slim fit or a relaxed fit. I chose the slim fit for my top. For fabric, I used Double Brushed Polyester that I found at Wherehouse Fabrics. I wished I had gotten a ton more because I really like this print and want to make at least a few more items out of it. I usually buy 2 yards of a print that I like, but I think I need to change that to 3 yards if it is one I REALLY like.
I made a size Small. My measurements fit right in the middle of the Small for bust, but I was in between an XS and S for waist and hips. I chose to do a straight Smallsince I was doing the fitted version of the top.
There is only one neckline in the pattern, which is a bit high for my taste. I don't know why, but anything (including tighter turtle necks) that get anywhere near my throat make me feel like I am choking. This is definitely not the patterns fault, and I always see a lot of people requesting higher necklines so I know this is just a matter of personal preference. I think the higher neckline makes this a great top for layering over a fitted tank in the colder season that we (hopefully) have ahead of us.
1. The Symphony Top Pattern can be purchased here. It is on sale through Monday.
2. The leggings I am wearing are the Greenstyle Super G tights in black Supplex from Zenith and Quasar. These things fit SO good. If you don't have this pattern, you need it. It is also on sale through Wednesday.
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