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George + Ginger has released their newest pattern, the Lollapalooza Top. This top features an off shoulder elastic casing, ruffle/bell sleeves and an elastic encased waistband. I made my first version in quilting cotton, the recommended fabric from testing.
I made another version with a few changes. Instead of using the suggested quilting cotton, I used a drapey gauze from Joann’s, which I think makes a huge difference. As for my changes, well… There wasn’t a pattern piece I left untouched! I started with changing the method of attaching the top elastic: I didn’t want a casing so I cut off 1/2″ from the top of each piece. This allowed me to serge the elastic to the inner edge and then turn over and topstitch. I slimmed the sleeve, tapering it to the same width at the top, taking about 1″ per side off. From there, I lengthened the lower hem ruffle by around 6″ and began to sew it together.
After beginning construction, I made the decision to shorten the sleeves and the bodice pieces (after they were all sewn together of course), so I just serged off the excess, by 1″ and 4″ respectively. My final changes are to the waist. I don’t find the waistband elastic casing to be flattering on my plus size body. I wasn’t sure what to do for a while, but after some brainstorming, I decided to add side ties to pull it in behind my waist and still let it sit flat along the front. I picked out a little of the side seam and inserted ties and it is so much better!
In the future, I will probably just lengthen the top bodice and leave off the lower hem ruffle. I may do some shaping to the sides or slim the center back depending on what I want for my final look.
Which is your favorite? What kind of a hack would you do to make this pattern the best for you?
See you next time, until then – happy sewing!