I have this thing where when I like a pattern a lot, I kind of just want to make a million of them all at once, in as many different variations as possible. The Seafarer Top by Sew Much Ado is my latest obsession. Easy to sew, great range of options, and flattering, the Seafarer is an indy pattern worth your money and your time. I actually have plans for at least two more Seafarer Tops, I just ran out of time to finish them to be included in this post. But I will be making them.
The Seafarer instructions are clear, with great pictures and tips throughout. I actually learned a new, awesome trick for managing knits from the pattern. I’ve seen patterns call for clear elastic tape before, but I never knew why or how to properly use it. Now I do and I’m ridiculously excited about using the technique for all my knit-needs from now on!
The Seafarer Top is a super quick sew.There are two main pieces, with the sleeves cut as part of the body of the top, dolman-style. From there, you kind of choose your own adventure. The pattern includes pieces and instructions for pockets, cuffs, bound neckline, banded waist; in any combination, or none of the above. It’s the perfect wardrobe-building pattern.
For my first Seafarer, I went with the unbound neckline, cuffed sleeves, chest pocket, and finished hem. I used a super thin, crazy-soft knit I picked up from Fabric.com a while back. I used straight bleach to add interest. I dipped the pocket and cuff pieces in the bleach for about 3 seconds to lighten them up. Then I took a paint brush and applied the bleach to the sides of the front and the back, in a random spottyness. The result is kind of super awesome.
And then I thought to myself, why not make the Seafarer a summer cardigan?! So I did. I cut the front pattern piece as two, adding a half inch on each front piece at center, to allow for the placket. I also shortened the sleeve cuffs, because I had to. I only had enough fabric to cut one sleeve cuff. So I cut the one, then cut that in half to get my two cuffs. The fabric is a ponte knit from Jo-Ann (just learned I was supposed to be using a hyphen in there. Who knew?!) I used a satin-finish, washable ribbon for the placket, and some fun little shank buttons in pink to contrast the grey. The placket has issues. I should have interfaced things. It’s kind of flimsy and gave me fits when sewing as a result. Oh, well. The imperfections just make it more unique. Or something.
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The Seafarer Top Pattern is available for purchase from Sew Much Ado. Go buy it and make yourself some awesome tops. You’ll be happy you did. *see my white jeans HERE, and the blue sheer top is coming soon!* **I was given a free copy of this pattern to review, but all opinions are my own. I seriously love this pattern.**