I can’t seem to stop making all the Hey June patterns and this week was no exception! I sewed up the Trevi Top in the new Rifle Paper Co x Cotton and Steel Collection rayon and it was like they were meant to be!
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The Trevi Top and Dress from Hey June is a trapeze top or dress for woven fabrics with high cut shoulders and buttons down the back. It features a pattern piece with or without a dart (FBA already included on the dart front bodice piece!) to make it versatile for a variety of women. The website describes it as perfect for a date night or the office depending on how you style it – and I totally agree! I wore mine with my Ginger Jeans for the pictures and am wearing it today to work with work pants and a sweater.
The pattern features french seams (my favorite seam construction) and bias binding (my favorite neckline/armhole finish) so it’s a win all around in my book.
Hey June’s patterns are probably some of the best in the indie sewing world in terms of explanation and detail and this one is no exception. I am immediately terrified of all things button and button plackets, but the instructions made me not even realize I was doing it until it was over!
I am absolutely in love with this top — and to be honest, I thought I wouldn’t like it at all. Since I saw Heidi’s from Handmade Frenzy’s post from a few weeks ago I seriously could not get it out of my head. I also love that fabric and pretty sure it’s going to end up making it’s way to me soon as well!
I find everything about this pattern so flattering. The neckline is gorgeous and I am the first to admit that I don’t love high necks. I also think the hem is so pretty – especially in a rayon – the way it drapes!
Conquering the Buttonholes – I’ll never sew a buttonhole without this tip again!
Buttonholes and I are not friends – so I pretty much shy away from them at all costs. For this top, there was no way to avoid them. I knew it would be impossible for me to get the top on without the buttons and so I sucked it up and went for it. I used the really helpful buttonhole program on my Bernina which made adding them so easy! You hold the button up to the screen to size the buttonhole and you have a perfectly sized button hole – seriously genius! You can check out the tutorial here! Because I decided to sew this Monday morning and sewed it up on Monday morning, I had to use what buttons I had on hand, but I think they worked. I have a button variety pack from Wawak which usually does the trick!
What more is there to say about this fabric — Cotton and Steel + Rifle Paper Co + Rayon = Amazing! If you’ve never worked with rayon before, I would really recommend Cotton and Steel rayon – it is one of the more stable rayons I’ve worked with. One step I try not to skip these days with rayon is ironing it before cutting into it. It really helps with the shiftyness of the rayon.
Rayons are a perfect fit for this pattern because of the drape with the hem. I should have stay stitched the arm holes earlier than I did though because they did stretch out a little bit before I attached the bindings.
Trevi Top Summary:
Size Made: 6 (non-dart/non-FBA bodice)
Version Made: Top
Fabric Used: Cotton and Steel Rifle Paper Co Rayon
Notions Used: Pre-Made 1/2 inch Bias Tape
Ease of Construction: As always, Hey June’s instructions were great and I was able to sew it up in a morning.
Fit: Perfect Fit!
Beautiful Lara! Love that print and drape for this top. Looks perfect on you!
Lara Liz says
looks really lovely. I always worry myself silly about button holes – dratted things. I did bias tape armholes for the first time a few days a go on my hubby’s gilet and made a right mess of it. Perhaps I should go to Youtube – can’t see it ever being my favourite thing but might have to conquer it for a top like this.
Lara Liz says
Button holes always seem so scary! Bias binding also can be a tough one at times. I really love Made by Rae’s Bias Binding Tutorials (http://www.made-by-rae.com/2016/09/bias-binding-tutorials/) — they’re my go-to resource! You can totally tackle it!
thanks for the link – definitely using that!
Absolutely gorgeous! I love this top in floral, I must make another 🙂
Lara Liz says
I want to make so many more!
Love the shape of this top! I need to try one — in fact, I need to try a HeyJune pattern period. They all look interesting!
I’m considering getting a Bernina (using a Singer 7258 now), and one of the main reasons I want one is for the button hole precision, and the button foot. I’m sure the more you practice them, the more you’ll look forward to them, with such an awesome machine!
Lara Liz says
You have to try Hey June! She is one of my favorite indie pattern designers — so many options!
I love my Bernina – I had a 5 series and now I have a 7 series. Such great machines!