Sophie in spots and a pattern favourite

My obsession with Tessuti’s Sophie dress pattern continues.

Something a bit more season appropriate this time.

Barbara Jane made Sophie top.jpeg

Tessuti have two Sophie patterns, the dress, that I’ve made twice now. Both times sleeveless, in hot pink here and Marrimeko here and a Sophie top pattern.  I haven’t bought the top pattern, I used the bodice of the dress pattern, adding about 10 cm to the length.

This linen is from the stash. I think I originally bought it (from A2F) with a skirt in mind. It’s quite fine though and better suited to a top. I’m feeling sew (so) virtuous with my stash-busting ways this year!

I think I’ve had enough of the one lapel, so for the top, I eliminated the lapel and opted for a simple v-neck, finished with a facing.

Barbara Jane made Sophie top.jpeg

I made the sleeves a bit longer than the pattern. I think this is called bracelet length. How very chic. Now I need a bracelet!

I finished the sleeves with a cute finish that I found on Carloyn’s blog here.I had the perfect buttons, two antiques darlings from Buttons, buttons, buttons.tmp_23781-image1732524756


Barbara Jane made Sophie top.jpeg

I acquired 2 new buttons on the weekend. I think I need another Sophie to use them, so my Sophie pattern obsession has a way to run yet 🙂


What does it take to make a pattern a favorite?

For me it’s:

  • versatility, one that lends itself to changes that mean you can make it your own
  • one that’s flattering – don’t we all want that?
  • comfortable and easy to wear

What makes a pattern a favorite for you?

On a related subject, Gillian has a fascinating discussion on her blog, on what makes patterns popular.

Happy sewing and Me Made May if you’re participating.




19 thoughts on “Sophie in spots and a pattern favourite

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  4. I’ve not tried a Tessuti pattern before, and am totally envious of anyone in the Southern Hemisphere who can shop their fabric. I love the fabric you’ve chosen for your top. My favourite top to date (3 versions and another being cut tonight) is the Mathilde by Tilly and The Buttons.


  5. You have single handedly made me want the Sophie pattern – both the dress versions and now this – unfortunately they are too small for me:(

    Gorgeous top – fabulous fabric.


    • Oh wow, thank you. I’ve never been quite so enamored with a pattern before. Makes me want to try more Tessuti patterns, though I’m not as keen on the high neckline many have. What a shame its too small for you, can’t be graded up maybe?


    • thanks Sue. Oh yes that would be the front porch to have. I think it’s a court house at a pretty little place halfway between Canberra and Sydney. We like to stop there and go to the magpie cafe. Actually it would be the perfect spot for bracelet shopping.


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