Hey friends! I was lucky enough to be offered a copy of the lovely Megan Nielsen's latest pattern to try out ahead of it's release so thought I'd share my toile with you folks. The Sudley offers a multitude of customisation options including a cropped / full length blouse, empire / waisted / dropped waist dress and sleeve length variations.
The pattern is designed to be wearable with the beautiful keyhole neckine facing towards the front or back and has an optional collar. I omitted this and the neckline ties for a cleaner look, choosing instead a black vintage hook and eye fastening from my stash.
This cropped blouse version with short sleeves uses a very modest amount of fabric (the pattern suggests 1.5m of 45" but I squeezed it out of less) so is a great stash buster for that odd impulse purchase (it's surely not just me with odd small cuts...?). I have one such piece of Liberty lawn which I may use for my next version but for a toile I chose to use some burgundy taffeta which has been lurking in my stash for so long I've no idea where it came from. Full disclosure I did not expect this fabric choice to be particularly wearable as it's quite crisp but it's light enough that was I pleasantly surprised! It's actually a darker shade and has a much more matt finish than the pictures suggest.
So on to the nitty gritty fitting specifics. I haven't yet gone into my own personal fit idiosyncrasies here on the blog yet, but the main issue I come across in most patterns is the shoulder area. I have narrow sloping shoulders and a proportionally large bust and hollow chest combo which can prove tricky with high necklines. To counter this I first slashed and narrowed the shoulder area and used a template to re-draft the original armscye. I still wasn't quite satisfied with the bust fit retaining it's reversible nature so I pinched out a little excess at the hollow shoulder front and commited to the wearing the keyhole in the front.
This fabric holds no prisoners! The warp / weft are black and red so it shimmers slightly highlighting every flaw and even so I'm pleased with this first attempt so I'm looking forward to seeing how it turns out in something with a little more drape. I'm also on the lookout for the perfect fabric for a dress version, maybe a viscose print...
In related news I'm excited to announce that Megan Nielsen Patterns will soon be in stock here at SEWN. The sudley will arrive upon it's release, until then keep your eyes peeled as a selection will be available to pre-order very soon!