I had a real gap in my wardrobe for comfortable but classy tops, tops that I can wear in the office but that can equally be dressed down with jeans and trainers for everyday wear.
When I received a newsletter from Jennifer Lauren Handmade telling me all about her new pattern, the Ostara top, I knew that this would be the perfect solution.
The pattern was really quick to cut and tape together because there were only approximately 25 pages, and I trim about 5 pages at a time using my rotary cutter so it was ready to tape in no time.
The pattern consists of a bodice front and back (both cut on the fold), the sleeve which can be short or long, and a neckband, so it was super quick to cut out too. I used a Prym chalk wheel to trace around the patterns rather than pinning as this helps to ensure that the fabric doesn’t stretch out of shape.
There are 2 neck options, a scooped neck or a sweet heart neck which is created by adding pleats.
I wanted to make 2 versions of this top, both with the sweetheart neck as this feels a bit more dressy for work. The first fabric was a 95% cotton 5% spandex polka dot fabric that I purchased from Abakhan, it was from the roll (rather than the remnant baskets) and was reduced from £12.99 to £4 per meter, bargain!
The Jennifer Lauren Handmade Ostara top sewed up so quickly and easily, and the fit is just perfect. The only area that I had to think about was the pleating of the neckline, I explain in the video below how I did this along with showing you more detail and a screen recording of the PDF pattern.
I sewed them both on my Overlocker, other than the topstitching which I completed using a zig zag stitch on my standard machine.
The second version was made from beautiful Art Gallery Fabric jersey which is also 95% cotton with 5% spandex. I purchased this from Minerva fabrics. The quality of this fabric is amazing, it’s so comfortable to wear and sews up like a dream, it washes really well too.
My little pooch Trixie paid a visit on this post too!
I had made both tops within 2 hours and love them both, this is definitely a pattern that I will use over and over again!
Remember to ensure that your fabric has enough stretch as the pattern is drafted with negative ease.
Do share below if you have made this lovely top too.