It was fun sewing my Boleyn Top by Stitch Witch Patterns. It is an interesting sew, not your usual make which was a really nice change. Having not sewn a blouse like this before, I wasn't sure how easily it would sew together, but it sewed up like a dream!
The top only takes 1.5 m of knit fabric which makes it an ideal sew for scrap busting as well. I used up some left over polka dot knit from a local fabric store, Fabricland. Make sure you knit fabric has the right amount of stretch. There is a guide included in the pattern for reference. There are a couple of options for fabric layout clearly illustrated in the instructions . I chose to use the bodice piece that could be used for the colour blocking option, placing it on the fold, allowing for a seam allowance.
I cut out a size 20 adding 3.5 inches to the bodice and 3' to sleeve; my usual additions to accommodate for my height. I have seen this blouse created by other sewists and it looks wonderful as a form fitting top. For me, less form fitting is a better choice. I'm a bit of a rectangle with boobs, so with this in mind, I cut a size 20 for the bust and graded the pattern straight down. This gave me more room in the waist and eliminated the hip. It worked really well and I am really pleased with the result. I recommend trying on the bodice once you have it sewn together to make sure the bust fits. I ended up taking in the bust by 1.5" so that it fit snuggly. The pattern instructions also suggest trying on the sleeve to check the fit of the elastic, this is a great suggestion. It takes no time at all and will guarantee a good final fit. There is a pattern hack available that offers a wrap version as well. The information is included with your pattern at purchase.
I discovered Stitch Witch Patterns recently and was excited to try one of the patterns, especially as Madeline's company is independent and Canadian! Madeline is the designer and founder of Stitch Witch. She is based out of Halifax, Nova Scotia, the other side of Canada from me. Madeline creates staple pieces for your wardrobe that allow for creative expression and an eco-friendly, slow fashion approach to fashion. Her patterns are easy to follow and make great sewing choices for those beginning to sew. As an experienced sewist I really enjoyed this make.
My favourite part of this pattern was the gathered sleeve. It is feminine and wonderful and really does feel like you are wearing a modern version of a 16th century garment, which to me is romantic and fun. There are so many options for how you can piece this blouse together, I think there will be a shear sleeved option in my future after all there is Sew Much To Design.