My name's Atia, I have a blog The Bright Blooms where I share my sewing projects. I have been sewing and knitting for over ten years now and love to make clothes for myself and my children as well as posting about other things that inspire me. I love bold colours and prints, especially floral ones!
Aga recently asked me to choose one of her new fabrics to sew with. I was spoilt for choice but settled on this stunning purple French Terry with a pretty watercolour style floral print.
I decided to make the Ikatee Jasmin top as I had purchased the pattern last year at a show but hadn't made it yet. I love Ikatee patterns and have several in my collection which I haven't made yet! I did have to trace the pattern, not my favourite job but I recently bought a tracing wheel and some carbon paper which made the job fairly quick. I cut a size 6 with size 7 length on the body to allow for some growing room.
The fabric washed really well and was very stable to work with when cutting and sewing. It has a white backing which can be seen on the ruffles sometimes.
The pattern has several options for finishing the ruffles, I chose to hem with a narrow zigzag for a neat finish, although a narrow overlocked edge could also look nice. I sewed all the seams then overlocked the edges. You could just overlock them too.
My daughter finds the sweatshirt very comfortable and has chosen it to wear quite a few times after school already!