I had promised myself to take a hiatus from testing patterns for a little bit and then immediately broke my promise when Kat posted about Muse Patterns next pattern, the Manuka top and dress, which was designed by Johanna Morris. It just happened to be the exact thing that I wanted to add to my wardrobe.
The Manuka top and dress is a loose fit with a dropped shoulder that skims over the hips. The pattern comes in three lengths: crop top, hip length, and dress length. As with all Muse Pattern releases, the first week the full profit of the sales goes to a charity. This time it is Kids Can.
I absolutely love the models for this pattern. They both look fantastic.
I made the crop top version with short flutter sleeves. I chose a size 48 with D-cup and I think the fit is spot on.
The reason I wanted to make this top was to go with this skirt. I have a couple of red tops, but they are all long sleeved tops instead of something nice and light for summer. The top also has no closures on it so it just slips over my head and shoulders with ease. It’s really great!
The length hits just above my belly button in the front and a little bit lower in the back.
Since the skirt is high-waisted, the top still tucks in nicely.
I love the sleeves on this top. They are circles and the shape of the shorter sleeves are perfect for summer. I definitely feel cool whenever I wear this top.
I really love the look of the top tucked into the skirt with a bit of a blousey look in the back.
I can’t wait to try out the dress version. I love the way it looks on the plus sized model! ❤
In other news, I have a few posts on other blogs that I am proud of and really excited to share. Check them out:
- On the CSC, How to prevent shorts from riding up. Do read the comments there are some great additional tips there!
- On the My Body Model blog, I share some swimsuit planning ideas.
- On the Sewcialist blog, I share my Sew Style Hero inspired garment. It’s inspired by the wonderful Shannon from Rare Device. (I will share more on that here soon since I took a billion pictures that need to be shared!)