Two Vali Tops
I’ve seen many beautiful Vali dresses on Instagram but I hesitate to make one myself because I think the volume will overwhelm my body completely. Then a photo of the top version from the designer, Pattern Fantastique, looked awesome and really convinced me to give it a go. The result? I loved it so much, I made 2 in very different fabrics, linen and silk.
The first one was made in lilac gingham linen from Spotlight. It’s crisp and really holds the shape of the top well. The linen version shows off the lines and volume of the top, especially the dramatic sleeves! It’s got a playful vibe to it.
The black and white dots silk is a designer headstock that I recently purchased from Drapers Fabrics. It’s love at first sight, I had to have it as soon as I saw it on their website. It has such a soft, fluid drape, and it is not very sheer. Absolutely perfect for this pattern.
The pattern itself is very well-drafted but I don’t think the instructions were great. I had a few WTF moments for sure 😆. You wouldn’t have any problems if you’re an experienced sewer, though. For beginners, perhaps make a toile first. And if the instructions to sew the sleeves don’t make sense, then look up resources on how to sew a shawl collar, it’s essentially the same technique. I love the small and varying seam allowances. It’s more efficient, though it leaves less room for errors. Definitely read the information on how to choose the right size. I found it useful and accurate.
I made a size 6, no adjustments. I could make an 8 instead for more ease. As I mentioned, it’s very well-drafted, there’s no issue sewing the pieces together, I can move my arms easily, and the length is spot on. I love the result! The tops are super cool, stylish and versatile. I can wear it with shorts, jeans, or wide-leg pants tucked in. I haven’t decided which one is my favourite… I think I would wear the linen version more because I can wash it easily! 😄