Saturday, February 1, 2014

Sewing Pattern Testing- Serger Pepper- Sheer Plaid Top

Posted by Heather at Saturday, February 01, 2014

Sheer Plaid Top by Serger Pepper

I recently had the opportunity to test a pattern for another talented sewist, Irene Valle, of Serger Pepper. This time, I tested a pattern for me, the Sheer Plaid Top.

The Sheer Plaid Top is a super simple pattern that contains of three pieces- that's it! No zippers, no buttons, no fancy extras! The results, though, are a light, airy top that flows nicely. The top is done in a sheer material (I found my black and white fabric on the clearance table at Hancock Fabric), and can be worn over a long turtleneck, a cami or as a swimsuit cover-up. Since the temps here in the Carolinas have been downright frigid, I wore mine over a turtleneck. Come summer, though, I believe I'll make another, slightly longer, and use it as a swimsuit cover-up.

The Sheer Plaid Top introduced me to a new type of finishing seam technique called, The French Seam. Basically, you sew a straight line, iron, fold back on itself and enclose with another straight stitch in what is known as French Seam. I had never done one of these until this pattern, but it was such an easy, clean way to finish the seam and reinforce it (since it was a sheer material).

I tested size medium, but in retrospect, I probably could have done a small. The pattern is meant to be worn over something, so it's a little looser in fit. From start to finish, it took me about two and a half hours to sew (that includes printing, putting the pattern together, cutting fabric and sewing). This top is probably not something that I normally would have tackled on my own, for myself. However, after completing it, I love the end result and I'm so glad I sewed it! This would be a great beginner piece.

So fun! Thanks for letting me test this pattern, Irene! :-)

4 comments:

Evie on February 1, 2014 at 11:23 AM said...

Good job:) look fab!!
best wishes Evie

Beatriz Azuara on February 2, 2014 at 6:53 AM said...


I loved him on sight, I was great and is very wearable, I really like the fabric you used and the best I saw this pattern is that you can do many very different versions of the. You did a great job.

Kisses/Bea

Irene V. on February 2, 2014 at 1:24 PM said...

Thanks for liking my Sheer Plaid Top, Heather! I love your fabric choice :)

slizzygreensleevesewmuchope on February 3, 2014 at 9:14 AM said...

A lovely top Heather. I agree the pattern was so easy to folow.

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