This is another blog post that is very, very late. I sewed this Designer Stitch Georgia top last year – possibly around 8 to 10 months ago.
Ann Grose of Designer Stitch has developed patterns for Australian clothing companies for many years, and also teaches dressmaking. She began her own line of pdf patterns last year, and is steadily adding to the lineup.
This pattern can be made as a dress or shortened to a top. As is obvious from these photos, I chose the top. From the website: Georgia offers a mix of fabrics and choices with its contrast yoke and sleeve design. The front yoke can be made in mesh and/or lace – the sleeves in linen, cotton or pleather. With an alternate back panel consisting of a back yoke and an optional centre back pleat the Georgia offers many possibilities as either a Dress and/or Top.
I chose to sew the version with the centre back pleat, and after some deliberation I think I decided to sew pattern size 4 (Australian size 12) although it could have been one size smaller. This style has plenty of ease.
I used the last scraps of my Merchant and Mills mustard linen for the yokes, and some lovely jacquard mystery fabric that was in stash (possibly came from the Darn Cheap Fabrics $2 table at some stage) that feels like a viscose and toned very well with the linen. I adore the two fabrics together.
I made fairly wide bias for the neckline binding. It’s worth taking a look at the samples made up on the Designer Stitch website and others on the Facebook page – I’ve seen such terrific versions of this pattern, both very casual and highly formal. It’s a great canvas for a variety of fabric types and prints.
I’ll definitely use this pattern again. It’s ideal for when you want a quick sewing fix, or when you want to have a bit of fun playing with fabric combinations.