I think this might just be my last summer make for the season....a Moana Top by Papercut Patterns. This is from their brand new Ahoy! Collection. I have made it up in Virgin White Laundered Linen from the Merchant and Mills range of linens in store.
I have to be honest on this one, there are parts of this top that I love and parts that are a little, well, meh for me.
Firstly I love the neckline and arm shaping - just perfect, and it sits so beautifully. This may seem like a simple thing, but believe me, the radius of a curve can make or break a design. Whether that be a garment, a chair, or a guttering profile. The devil is certainly in the details.
Then there is the gold (brass) zip. I love this little bit of subtle bling contrasting with the natural linen. As a side note - the neck line is big enough for me to take the top on and off without undoing the zip. So you could probably make this without the zip if that took your fancy...
I also like how the top hangs at the front. The back is where I start to have my doubts. I normally prefer a bit more shape through my waist - I have broad shoulders, so I can very easily end up looking like a box if I don't highlight my waist somehow.
The frill is also a little out of the ordinary for me. I am waxing and waning over it. I actually think it looks great, but I am struggling to feel comfortable wearing it. I guess I just need to wear it a little more and see how I go. After all, variety is the spice of life, no?
What do you think? I'd love to know your thoughts!
Miss Maude Made Summary
Pattern: Moana Dress and Top by Papercut Patterns
Size: Small, graded down to Extra Small through the waist. Papercut Patterns have generous sizing.
Alterations: Lowered position of dart and lengthened top by 5cm in the waist area.
Fabric: Virgin White Laundered Linen from the Merchant and Mills range in store
Special Equipment: None
Would I make it again? Once I've made my mind up about the frill, I might look at swapping it out with a colour block panel. And possibly shaping the back a little more - the centre back seam and existing darts will easily allow this.
Where will I wear this? This will be a great piece to wear with jeans and a little blazer/cardigan during the changeable autumn weather coming.
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