Introducing the Franki top from The Wearable Studio! This is the first release from Mel and it is safe to say I am totally in love with this pattern. I was lucky enough to test the Franki for The Wearable Studio and have nothing but good things to say about it.
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Let’s talk about all the reasons I love this top…
The construction was very straight forward. This was a quick sew and nothing too complicated if you have had some experience sewing. Mel includes easy to follow photographs and instructions which is great if you are a visual person like me.
The sleeve ties are the cutest addition to this top! They make this top something different and I find them really flattering, especially with the length of the sleeve. They were probably the most ‘complicated’ part of the construction of this top but were nothing too crazy.
The finishes for this top are very well thought out. All of the seam allowances are overlocked which makes for very neat insides (side note I got my overlocker serviced over Christmas and I am loving how smooth it is to sew with now! Not sure why it took me 2 years to do this.) I also love the way the neckline sits perfectly with the facing giving you a nice clean and smooth edge.
There are two different versions for this top (although you can mix and match elements of both designs) You guys know how much I love ruffles and a hi-lo hem so I had to choose that version for my pattern test. I love love love this addition – again it adds something a little different without being too over the top.
This fabric was actually once a quilt cover that I picked up from the Streaky Bay op shop last year. It was probably not the best choice for this top as it makes it even boxier and it definitely was not the right choice for the ruffle as it makes it stick out too much. I love the colour though and wore this to work when I was back for a few days and got so many comments!
I will definitely be adding more of these into my wardrobe. Next time I think I will keep the sleeve ties but lose the ruffle so I can tuck this into skirts.