I don’t know what has taken me so long to sew up the Sirocco Top! I remember seeing all the tester versions (especially Tihanna and Emily’s versions) and falling in love. I finally sewed it up and decided to make identical versions to Tihanna and Emily (maybe we can be triplets?!?)
The Pattern and the Top
The Sirocco Top and Dress is the first women’s pattern from Coffee + Thread. It is a swing top and dress for woven drapey fabrics. It features beautiful bell sleeves and a high low hem. It features hem facings for the sleeves and the hem and a facing for the neckline.
I knew once I saw it the top version was totally my style. A fun drapey top with beautiful sleeves, what isn’t there to love?
My biggest concern about the top was the length – I decided ultimately not the lengthen the top. It’s totally fine unless I raise my arms, I think on my next version I would lengthen it by 2″ just to have complete coverage in the front.
The hem and the sleeves feature facings which is probably my favorite finish for both of those. The neckline also features a facing and that might be my least favorite part. I do think it’s the prettiest finish from the outside, but I am always afraid the facing is going to flip out. I might try to add bias tape for the neckline the next time. Also, do not skip stay stitching! I did and that was a mistake – don’t make my mistakes 🙂
The top came together so quickly – except I waited to sew up the hem which then it made it seem like it took longer to sew the hem than the rest of the shirt! Flutter sleeves are becoming my favorite because they do not require a lot of easing which leads to a really nice sleeve cap.
I am just over the moon over my most recent purchase from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. Their rayons are becoming my favorite. I used this Olive Green Rayon (to match my sewing twins Tihanna and Emily!). It washes so well and presses perfectly. It was a perfect match for the top.
The Top also calls for interfacing and I used a tricot interfacing. Coffee + Thread recommends that and so does Chalk and Notch so I’ve been loving how that works on rayon tops. It doesn’t create stiffness that some interfacings do, but allows for stability especially for hems! I recommend this Thermoweb Tricot Interfacing (you can purchase it here from Thermoweb or here from Amazon if you wanted to buy a bolt [my favorite for interfacing!])
As we move towards spring and summer, I see so many more flowy tops in my future!
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