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Gemma is a Gem

The new Gemma Top from Designer Stitch is a gem of a pattern for sure! You can choose from Twist Front or Twist Back options, making two very different looks. I was lucky enough to get chosen for the pattern test and ended up sewing three tops. I chose the Twist Back option because it is different and interesting, agonizing for days over fabric. I spent more time taking out and putting away fabric than it takes to sew up the top! For my first one, I used navy cotton spandex, a bad choice with not enough drape. I added cotton lace to the back edges, copying an inspiration picture that was posted in our test group. I love the look of the lace! It’s a boxy fit but I’ll probably still wear it. Sorry about the pictures being a bit blurry and grainy. I was losing the light.


Next I used a white jersey with blue stripes. The pattern is very easy to sew, even the twist part, and I had it done in a jiffy. The fabric was originally intended to be a shirt for my son, and I’m not crazy about it at first. That meant I had to sew a third Gemma.


This time it was a sheer mesh in shiny pink that I love. For each Gemma I made, I shortened the pattern by 1″ for my height. This length is good for me and I could have kept going sewing more Gemmas!


Honestly, I have to say that Gemma is the easiest twist pattern I’ve ever sewn. The instructions make it so simple! It really is faster than a t-shirt to sew up! I’m wearing my Santi Skirt, also from Designer Stitch in these photos, made from old worn out jeans.

The pattern is on sale for $8 for a limited time. Here are more details and description from Designer Stitch:

(AU/UK)     6 – 26
(US)          2 – 22
(EU)          34 – 54


The Gemma Twist combination pattern offers 2 style options.
The Gemma Twist Back Top has a cute and funky back waistline twist feature
with a deep upper area “v” anchored by a pair of self fabric ties.
The Gemma Twist Front Top has a lower front body centre front twist along
with a flattering v-neckline. Both tops have a deep dolman sleeve for ease
of wearing.

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