I bought the Audrey pattern by Sew Over It not long after it was released and have been wanting to make it up for some time.
The Audrey Top is a vintage-inspired knit top straight out of Midge Maisel’s wardrobe! A t-shirt with a difference, Audrey’s ready to give any outfit a touch of elegance. The flattering wide neckline shows off its deep neckband, which comes complete with three options. Choose from a standard flat neckband, add a cute little tie, or go big with a showstopping bow. Audrey has raglan sleeves, making sewing sleeves a dream – in fact the whole thing comes together in just a few hours! Depending on the season, choose from short, 3/4 or full length sleeves.
Designed to be sewn in light to medium weight knits, Audrey looks beautiful in cable knits and Ponte Romas for cooler weather, but sews up equally well in cotton jerseys for when the sun comes out.
The Audrey Top is an advanced beginner level sewing pattern, ideal for those who have sewn a few garments before. It’s a great pattern for those new to sewing knits.
For the Audrey Top we recommend using light to medium weight knit fabrics with some structure, such as cotton jersey, interlock knits, Ponte Roma, cable knits and stretch velvet.
I had Pink thread on the overlocker and scouted around for some Pink jersey fabric. I found 1½ metres of this pretty floral print loop back modal that I had bought from Stitchy Bee.
Ignoring the fabric recommendations, which turned out to be a little bit of a mistake. From my 1½ metres I cut out view 1 with the bow tie and ¾ length sleeves in a size 22. This was pretty good as the instructions state that between 2.4 and 2.5 metres is required.
Construction was straightforward but due to additional stretch in the fabric I had to down-size to an 18/20 and the finished garment is not perfect. The instructions were very good and I now feel able to adapt the neckline and tie to use on other jersey tops. The changes that I made to this version were to add 3 inch double cuffs to the ¾ length sleeves and turn up 1½ inches for the hem.
Conclusion: Next time use a more stable fabric such as a ponte or the cable knit jersey as shown in Lisa’s photograph. Cut a straight size 20. Reduce bodice length by 1 inch and slim down the sleeves.
This top is really comfortable to wear due to the softness and stretch of the fabric. I will definitely be making this top again.
completed Friday 3rd April 2020