Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Rhonda's Anyway You Want Top

                       Rhonda's Design shown here with self drafted sequined skirt.

Every Friday it's "Fabulous Free Pattern Friday" over at Rhonda's Creative Life. She has taught pattern drafting for almost a year. Rhonda is an excellent teacher.  She makes pattern drafting easy by carefully documenting and illustrating step-by-step instructions.  Her methods make it easy to understand and follow. Andrea of Knit-Knac (will post soon) recently made one of Rhonda's skirts.  It took less than an hour from start to finish. 

A few months ago, I started playing around with drafting her Anyway You Want Top. My first attempt was okay. I used a woven fabric to test it out.  I think it was too crisp and so I didn't get the drape that Rhonda achieved in her top posted here. The second challenge was the depth of the collar. I needed to bring it up a few inches.  In November, I was able to spend some time making another version of the top. This time I used a knit and got better results.

Going through the process has truly helped me overcome the intimidation of pattern drafting. Of course it's easier to buy the pattern; then make the adjustments, but it is so gratifying to be able to add uniqueness to the garments that I make. Rhonda has created the perfect platform to do just that with Free Pattern Friday.   Please visit Rhonda's blog for more details..

Here is my review of Rhonda's Anyway You Want Top.

This top consists of three rectangles and two triangles, with split triangle sleeves that taper along the side of the body.   It can be extended to create a tunic or dress and the collar can be draped forward, backward, or across the shoulders. 

There are no limitations on the sizes you can create because it's based on your hip measurement.

My first and second versions are closer to the silhouette of Rhonda's original design.  The fourth version (gold-for my sister), I modified the neckline by reducing the depth by 6 inches.  This version can not be draped about the shoulder as the first three versions.

Depending on the weave of the fabric, you can create different amounts of drape.  My first version is crisp while the second and fourth versions are fluid.
The instructions were super easy.  I was able to follow them with no problem.  I completed the gold stretch velvet top in less than an hour and a half.   That includes serging and pressing.

I really liked the shape and the versatility of this top.  No dislikes.

I tested this pattern using a variety of fabrics:  V1=polyester blend woven; V2 & V3 rayon knit; and V4=stretch velvet 

I'll at least make one more for myself, and I do recommend that you give it a try.

Thank you, Rhonda, for sharing your talent and knowledge.  I appreciate the effort you've taken to teach and help "me" realize my potential for pattern drafting.  You've made pattern drafting easy and stylish for all figures. 

BTW- This is the group project for the Haute Couture Club - Annual Fashion Show 2013.

Happy Sewing!


  1. Good job with your foray into pattern drafting! I especially like the proportions of the gold top with the sequin pencil skirt.

  2. Omgosh! It's such a great top, Cennetta! Don't you yoy just love a good teacher? They are just natural born.

  3. Thanks, ladies.
    Lynneb - Yes, I do. ;-)

  4. Gorgeous top and so is that skirt! I'also enjoying pattern drafting and adding my own design elements for some,of the things I make.It's added some excitement to my sewing.

  5. Clever design and beautiful fabric. A winning combination.

  6. Love this top, it's simply beautiful. Thanks for sharing and happy new year

  7. Gee, I really like that top and the skirt. I love the color as well as the fabric, and it's perfect with the sequin skirt. Gosh, that's nice.



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