Tuesday, January 22, 2019

The Ellie and Mac Autumn Spice is so Nice!


It's Wacky Wednesday at Ellie and Mac!! Every Wednesday Ellie and Mac marks a select number of patterns down to only $1 for one day only. This week the Autumn Spice Top Pattern is part of the sale! 

I was so excited to sew up the Autumn Spice top and have had it on my list ever since it released. I loved the lines on the pattern and knew it was just what I needed to use up some of the scraps overflowing from my bins. 


I absolutely love my finished top. The pattern comes with the option for the first color-blocked seam to fall above the bust or below the bust. I made the below the bust because visually the color blocked sections looked more even to me. I think the finished length of the top is more of a tunic length on me, which is perfect over leggings or as a warm and cozy sweater. The pattern has sleeve lengths of short, 3/4 or long. I made the long sleeves, and it's a perfect length. There is also a long sleeve-cuff option if you want to have three layers of color-blocking on your sleeve.

For fabric, the pattern recommends your fabric to have at least 50% 4-way stretch, but it is not tight fitting, so you could possibly get away with less stretch, especially on your middle and bottom color-blocked sections. I used a lighter weight, soft baby french terry for my top two layers and a heavier-weight bamboo spandex jersey for the bottom white. 


I have to say, though, that this top took longer for me to make than I had expected for two reasons: 

(1) It took me awhile to decide on fabric because I can be so indecisive when picking which fabrics I think look good together. I have learned there is a fine balance between fabrics complimenting each other or for me looking like a quilt. I really love quilting, but I have quite the opposite clothing philosophy as I do quilting. My quilts are packed full of color, and my clothes tend to be a bit more subdued. 

(2) I really took my time to top stitch and steam my seams really well. This fabric was soft and thin and would not have looked very good without me taking time to do what I knew it needed.


I love the shirt tail hem. It was easy to do because you hem the shirt before you sew the side seams. 


I think this is going to be one of my go to shirt patterns when I have scraps that I need to bust through. It is a great top for people who love to order scrap boxes and get cuts of fabric that are less than one yard. 


Resources
  1. The Women's Autumn Spice Top pattern can be found here
  2. You can find all the patterns that are part of Wacky Wednesday (and free patterns) HERE
  3. I don't remember where my fabric originally came from. They were all scraps I found in my bins. 
  4. My pants are the Patterns for Pirates SOS Pants. I blogged about them here
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