(Scroll down to the “hitting the high notes” section for a quick read…)
I had a serious blast making my first Cielo Pattern from Closet Case Patterns. I had just listened to the Love to Sew Podcast about couture sewing so I decided on French Seams. Closet Case does an excellent job describing French Seams in the front of the pattern. I love that little attention to detail. I had done them before, but the fact it was in there reminded me they were an option. I am usually pretty impatient, but the older I get the more intentional I seem to be about my sewing. Also the more I learn about Fast Fashion the stronger my desire is to make clothes that will last. So, I just kept telling myself, “do the work!” (Totally should have ironed this more before the picture was taken…didn’t do the work there…ugh…)
I serged the edges before I closed them into the French seams because it was linen and I was worried it was going to ravel and get gross. I guess it did make the seams a bit more bulky than I had liked, but they really are very pretty and clean. I also really loved the neckline on this pattern. I usually avoid facings on my shirts, even if the pattern calls for it, by basically making a second bodice and making it a lining. But I looked up a lot of the #cielo on IG and liked the look, so I went with what the pattern said.
I used a Robert Kaufman linen. The light purple is amazing! You can see that best in the picture above. After I washed it it got softer, and it will just continue to soften with each wash. I can’t wait to make this pattern out of Rayon!!
The shoulder and chest fit was dead on for this pattern. I love Closet Cases block for this shirt! Hoping that translates to their other patterns. I didn’t have to make any fitting. Nicely done Closet Case!! I did hack a bit by adding two inches to the bottom of the shirt because I like to have it cover my tummy well.
I double topstitched the French Seams down. You can see that in the image below. I didn’t want the thicker linen French seams to be flopping around under the shirt and the double top stitch laid them down nicely. Plus, I LOVE topstitching…
This shirt is a serious staple in a handmade wardrobe. I will be making more if these. I will probably not do French seams with the linen though because it got a little thick in spots. Instead I think I will serge all the seams and then press them open.
Let me know what you think!!! I love the feedback!
HITTING THE HIGH NOTES
- What I Loved About this Pattern:
- The Fit! Closet Case’s block fits my topside perfectly! No edits required. I cut out the pattern in a size 14.
- What I Would Change for Next Time:
- French seams with the linen. Next time I will just pre-serge all the pieces and press the seams open. I think this would be amazing in rayon also.
- Pattern Name:
- See More Makes in this Pattern:
- IG #cielotop
- Pattern Hacks or Alterations:
- I added two inches to the bottom of the shirt pattern because I like my tummy to be a bit more covered. I also will use this for professional dress or jeans dress.
- Pattern Directions:
- Spot on. I didn’t have any trouble at all.
- Pattern Level:
- I think a newer sewist could easily sew this pattern and feel good about it.
- This is a Robert Kaufman Linen in light purple. You can find it in a LOT of local and online stores. I bought it from a quilt shop in Iowa while on vacation…sorry, I don’t remember the name.