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Summer is right around the corner but in San Diego we are currently experiencing a serious case of May Gray. Over the weekend I visited my family in Los Angeles and I was expecting a gloomy and cold day so I wore my E&M Be Graceful Dress I made for the last E&M blog tour. While I enjoyed the compliments from my sweet family members, I wish I would have worn something more suitable for the hot day we experienced like the (affiliate link) Women’s Be The Leader Top Pattern. Join me on the last stop of the “Get Ready for Summer Blog Tour” hosted by Seams Sew Lo and don’t forget to enter the raffle below for a $50 shop credit to Ellie and Mac.
As a part of the tour, Ellie and Mac allowed us to choose from their library of patterns. Since I have never owned an off the shoulder top, I decided to try the Be The Leader Top. Please note I received the pattern for free but the opinions expressed on this blog are my own honest opinions.
Here’s what you’ll get with the pattern:
- two flounce lengths
- crop, shirt and tunic length
- sizes XXS-4XL
- 3 sleeve options
- no trim patterns & layered sizes
If you’re looking for something quick and easy, you’ll like this pattern. I had a bit of extra time this month so I cut out a couple of tops using two different fabrics. The floral fabric is doubled brushed poly and the second black with horizontal stripes is rayon spandex. I chose the shorter flounce and shirt length for both of the tops I made. The difference is the sleeve lengths and the elastic used for the flounce is different as well. The Rayon Spandex will give you more drape whereas the DBP is a bit more structured.
On the first top, I was very careful but on the second I was a bit more confident so I skipped some instructions (questionable decision). So here are a few things you should keep in mind:
- Do not sew the bodice pieces together as I did on the second top. Naturally, you will want to sew the bodice then attach the sleeves but DO NOT do that.
- Watch the seam allowance when sewing the elastic casing. My casing was a little narrow on some areas so I couldn’t feed the elastic with the safety pin.
- Hemming is optional on the flounce (I did not hem any part of these tops – don’t judge me)
The pattern comes with elastic measurements for the flounce that were perfect for me. I would suggest you test the elastic around your shoulders to check how it fits and make any adjustments necessary. Part of the reasons I’ve been hesitant to wear these off the shoulders tops is that I fear the flounce will slip off my shoulders and I’ll have to constantly adjust the flounce. That is not the case with this flounce. As I mentioned earlier, I used a different type of elastic on the second top, which had a different stretch so the fit around my shoulders was a bit looser but still good.
To fix the elastic casing on the second top, I unsttiched the portion that was too narrow and continued to feed the elastic through. After the elastic was encased, I went back with my sewing machine and stitched the whole perimeter of the flounce to secure the elastic casing.
As we count down the days for Summer, I’m going to enjoy this unpredictable weather. Here were I live the temperature can get up to the 90 – 100 degrees, which means my AC bill will also go up the roof 🙁 I hope you’ve found this review helpful and informative. Today’s the last day of the tour and last week to get the automatic Mother’s Day discount over at Ellie and Mac. There are also some patterns that will be retired soon so they’re on sale for $3 for a limited time. Lastly, don’t forget to enter the raffle below and the other blogs on this tour. Leave a comment with your favorite E&M pattern or a pattern you’d like me to try for future blogs.
Please visit all the wonderful bloggers on the Get Ready for Summer Sewing Patterns Blog Tour for some incredible inspirations.
- May 7th: Seams Sew Lo
- May 8th: Tenille’s Thread
- May 9th: Seams Sew Lo
- May 10th: The Sewing Goatherd
- May 11th: Aurora Designs Fabrics
- May 14th: Our Play Place
- May 15th: Momma Can Make It
- May 16th: Aurora Designs Fabric
- May 17th: QuiltsbyJoann
- May 18th: Liviality
- May 19th: Momma You Can Make It
- May 21st: Margarita on the Ross
- May 22nd: Sewing Blue
- May 23rd: Kathy’s Kwilts and More
- May 24th: Momma Newey’s Makes
- May 25th: Jot Designs USA
- May 28th: The Scatty Sewer
- May 29th: Granma Texas Sews
- May 30th: Fee Bricolo
- May 31st: My Sewing Roots