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I tested the Itch to Stitch Lemont Top this week, and ended up making two! (I had hoped to get #2 photographed before the release, but I still need to remove the basting stitches from it and clip all the threads…. so, maybe in a day or two I’ll get some photos of it!). After having made a bunch of puff sleeve things for my girls, I’m excited to finally have something for me! Funnily, a year ago I never would have imagined this style on me, but here we are!
Lemont is an easy sew, but the prep is slightly more difficult than most patterns. If you’re a mixed size like me (I used a 0 chest and 4 high hip), then you will print out the chest size for your pattern, and then follow the instructions in the pattern to extend the hem line to your actual hip measurement. During testing, we used our full hip measurement, however this instruction was changed for the final, since many of us found our full hips and high hips differed so much! (For reference, my full hip is 8, but high hip is 4. When I made the size 8, the hem line was super wide, so I ended up taking the seam in a bit. For my second one, I used a 4 hip and it was much, much better). If you happen to be that lucky person whose sizes line up precisely with the measurement chart, then you’ll find Lemont a fairly quick and rewarding sew!
I used a mystery cotton shirting fabric that I found in the Aladdin’s Cave section (AKA $2.99 p/yard remnant room) at G-Street Fabrics in Maryland a few weeks ago. Lemont lends itself to lightweight flowy fabrics, so think lightweight cotton shirting, rayon, lace, lawn, tencel, etc.
Lemont is available as a PDF downloadable pattern in sizes 00 – 40, and includes cup sizes (regular + full), layers, copyshop printing options, and a complete tutorial with CAD diagrams.
The shirt is intended to sit high, so it’s best to wear it with high waisted pants/skirts – otherwise, you may wish to add some length to it. I didn’t add length to this one, but added 1/2″ to my second one. (Also need to get on the high-waisted pants bandwagon I suppose LOL).
I can see myself wearing Lemont a lot this spring and summer! You can pick Lemont up on sale this week, and if you have your eye on any other Itch to Stitch patterns, you can grab those at the same time for a bundle discount.