A new Itch-to-Stitch pattern? Why yes; I just can’t resist! It was just what I needed, an easy sew after the beautiful (and satisfying to sew) Kalispell Dress that I wrote about here. This one is named Melrose, after a beautiful place in Scotland.
Here are some highlights of the pattern
- All views include:
- Options for A, B, C, D and DD cups
- C, D and DD cups have bust darts
- Wide, scoop neckline finished with bias binding
- Dolman short sleeves with cuffs
- Layers feature—print only the sizes you need
- View A includes:
- Dress with cinched waist with elastic through casing
- Ample, functional in-seam pockets
- View B includes:
- Top with cinched waist with elastic through casing
- Gathered peplum
- View C includes:
- Short, boxy top with bottom band
I applied to test View B top. Since I didn’t want any leftover fabric, and my piece was big enough, I started with the dress. I just love my Melrose Dress! The fabric is 100% rayon which is light and flowy and so comfortable to wear. And a tropical print in blues makes it an instant favorite!
After the success of my dress, I cut out the top from a mystery poly cotton that has been in my stash for a long time. First I cut the peplum the wrong way on the grain. With some woven fabric, this wouldn’t matter, but mine has a wavy striped texture. Luckily, I had enough fabric to re-cut that piece. It’s a quick and easy project. Just press and steam the neckline well when applying the binding. The peplum feels pretty short while wearing, but is perfect with a higher waist skirt or pants. For my next Melrose Top I will lengthen the peplum just a bit.
Melrose Top & Dress is on sale for 20% off through April 16, 2019. Don’t miss out on this great spring and summer pattern!