I Love Tops – Pattern F
I LOVE TOPS!
Quite true. It’s pretty clear from the patterns we choose here at Bombazine that we love tops. Especially Japanese tops. Rifling through countless Japanese pattern books in a department store 30 floors up with breathtaking views of Tokyo last year, I came across the pattern book ‘I Love Tops’ and it had to be bought (how could you not fall in love with a city that has department stores with entire floors dedicated to fabric and sewing?).
I Love Tops is by Yuko Takada, so I had a good feeling about it from the start. Tadaka is the author of one of my very favourite and most well-worn Japanese pattern books, She Wears the Pants (also sweetly known in its Japanese version as She Has a Mannish Style). I’ve finished a few ‘mannish’ makes over the years and I love them all.
I’ve been on the lookout for a good v-neck pattern for a while and have discovered they’re surprisingly hard to find, so I was pretty pleased to find the Pattern F Sleeveless Peplum in this book. It has a lovely ‘V’ – but it’s also a…peplum! I’ve long admired sewers making peplums from afar, but had always figured they wouldn’t suit me. But Pattern F, with its lovely v-neck, tempted me enough to face this silhouette.
I decided to match it with a minty linen I had picked up during my Fabric Town adventures at Nagato, Tokyo. I love the colour and the way the linear check is created from missing thread sections.
The I Love Tops diagrams are brilliant, so I managed easily without translation. The drafting for the v-neck join at the centre seam (complete with double-stitching) is clever – a detail that makes the top look more thoughtfully designed. A more sheer fabric choice would possibly accentuate the front seam and its opaque facing – next time.
My only pattern glitch was with the elastic waistband. The instructions show the peplum attached to the top half, creating a hidden case for the elastic. However, this casing isn’t stitched flat to the top – instead it sits on a perfect right angle, suspending the waistline out an extra inch within an uncomfortable casing. My waist doesn’t need those extra inches! It also made the peplum fluff out with showy volume. My solution was to topstitch the elastic casing flat to the top, which created two seams around the waist but transformed the top into something more wearable.
This top surprised me: despite my peplum fears I’ve found it to be a good combination – a loose fit but with an actual waistline. Crazy stuff. It’s my first make from I Love Tops and I have big plans for some of the other patterns. So expect to see even more tops. Sooner or later I’m going to have to make some pants to go with all of these tops, so it’s lucky we also bought a copy of I Love Pants from that same Tokyo department store. Pants! Tops! I love them all!