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Happy 2022! Late last year, I tested the Azores Top & Dress for Itch to Stitch and it just released TODAY! This is an adorable top with shirred waist and sleeves, available in women’s sizes 00-40. Perfect with flowy, lightweight fabrics, the top makes for a very feminine blouse.
Azores is rated as intermediate+ due to the precise construction techniques required to make the bib insert. (If you have a background in quilting or you’ve made welt pockets before, I think you’ll find this step isn’t too difficult).
I love the techniques used for this top, and it was fun to be able to do some shirring on a top for ME instead of my girls!
For my top, I added 1/2″ above the shirring (at the lengthen line) according to my height (I’m 5’8″). Next time, I would add the length below the shirring line instead. If you’re in the same boat and need to add length, I would suggest measuring from your shoulder to your natural waist and then comparing that measurement to the pattern (from shoulder to shirring line). It’s important that your shirring is at natural waist level since the shirring is naturally inclined to inch its way up to your waist anyway! In my case, mine does this and then my midriff is visible – so I need to add length BELOW the shirring rather than above. You do need to be careful though – depending on your body shape, if you add too much below or above the shirring, it can look a bit frumpy, so evaluate before you’re fully done! A muslin is always a good idea if you’re not sure! I think one way to work it out in the muslining stage, would be to stitch the front and back together, baste the sides, then tie a piece of elastic around your waist. Adjust the top until you’re happy with the elastic location, then mark it on your fabric (transfer to pattern piece too).
I really love the dress version of this pattern, and I especially love the versions in solid fabrics! I used a lightweight polkadot rayon jacquard challis from FabricMart (NLA).
Azores is on sale for one week (ends January 11, 2022) and is eligible for the multi-pattern discount. Happy sewing!