I am so excited to share my version of the Farrah top by Chalk and Notch today with all of you! I had the opportunity to test sew the Farrah top over the past couple weeks and am so excited to share with you my version and all about the test sewing experience.
The Farrah pattern is a top or dress with one of two beautiful feminine ruffle details! View A has ruffle sleeves, while View B is sleeveless with a ruffle in the front. The top and dress both feature a high-low hem (my favorite detail!).
If you’ve been around here for a bit you might notice when given the choice, I always opt for the top over the dress. This was no exception. I chose to sew up the top version.
Gabriela, the amazing designer behind Chalk and Notch, runs her test sews in phases. I originally was in phase 1 of the test sew and originally thought I would love version A of the Farrah. I sewed up the first iteration of the Farrah Top and was able to learn all about the adjustments that are made during the pattern testing process. It was so amazing to see and read all of the women in the test share their thoughts on the pattern and fit and see the pattern grow and change over the course of the test.
I unfortunately had a bit of fit problems with my first Farrah so I decided I was going to sew up a second version before the test was over. I was so inspired by all the women in the test sew – make sure you check out Gabriela’s blogger round up to see all their amazing versions!
Once phase 2 was complete, I decided to sew up a second version. As I saw more and more of the tops and dresses, I actually gravitated towards Version B of the top. I had purchased some Miramar Fabric from Stitch Sew Shop a couple weeks ago when Jennifer from Workroom Social was in town. This fabric is amazing! I already gushed about it on Monday with those lemons, but this fabric is such a great rayon to work with. As this top is a little bit tricky at times, the more stable rayon allowed me to keep the drapiness of the rayon but gained the stability of the fabric for some of the trickier parts.
One of the things I love about this pattern is how different version A and version B look while still being the same general pattern. Both are super cute but have a very different look. Additionally, every fabric gives the pattern a very different look as well. Seeing everyone’s version throughout the testing process was such an inspiration.
I have a few more Farrah’s in my future – I think my next version will be a color blocked version with the yoke being a black rayon and the bottom part being a fun floral!
I can’t thank Gabriela enough for allowing me to participate in the testing experience and for this pattern.
Farrah Pattern Summary:
Size Made: 6
View: Version B
Fabric Used: Miramar Fabrics
Notions Used: Rolled Hem Foot, Interfacing, Liberty Bias Tape
**Note: Gabriela recommends knit interfacing and I completely agree! I used Pellon SF101 for my first version and it was way too stiff. I found a knit interfacing on Amazon for my second version and it helped a lot.**
Ease of Construction: I struggled through some parts of the construction of the top, but the instructions are really helpful and if you take it step by step, it is totally doable!
Fit: I used my upper bust measurement to end at a correctly fitting garment. I sneaked by without a FBA but I think with Version A I would need one.
Repeatable? Yes yes yes!
So, before I go some important links for you for those questions I know you have:
- Lara, where do I buy this pattern ASAP? Here and Here! It’s on sale until Monday 4/17 for $9.
- Where do I see all these amazing testers photos? Check out the Chalk and Notch blog today for the first half of tester photos here and then swing by again later this week for more!
I’d love to see your versions of the Farrah pattern if you make one! Feel free to share below!
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