Finished Star Light Jasmine

When I was organising these posts I wanted to have some sort of order to them, so decided that I really ought to post them in the order they were finished.  So here’s my Jasmine – the first item that I finished of the four I revealed yesterday…

I am wearing this top to death at the moment!  I love it so much.  It’s comfortable, it looks elegant but is quite effortless when getting dressed in the morning.  It has some personality but is still work appropriate.  Taking the time to sort the fit was so definitely worth it!

Another bonus is that the cotton shirting I made this from is becoming softer and softer with each laundering too – a quality I’d overlooked in the fabric having made my decision  primarily based on the fact it had stars on it and that the pattern placement was random so I didn’t have to do any pattern matching!

Oh, and it also has the Boy’s seal of approval as the first time I wore it he commented “Mummy pretty”!  Yup, I love it.

The construction was straight forward (another benefit of making a muslin!).  You really do need to grade the seams at the shoulders though as you end up with a lot of layers there so fabric choice is also important.  Cotton shirting is about the limit of what you can get away with in my opinion.  Another option would be to omit the facing and use bias binding instead as the top stitching securing it would be hidden by the collar and ties.  I may be a little odd though as I quite like facings on a garment…

I also used organza as an interfacing on the facings and cuffs – thank you Annabelle!  I have to admit that I don’t think I’ll be using a lot of fusible interfacing going forward now unless its in a bag!  I much prefer the the hand of a sew-in interfacing and fabric combination.  Plus you don’t get that weird ripply, bubbly effect that fusible interfacing can give after a few washes (my hand mades go in the machine unless the fabric says otherwise).

This pattern has so much potential.  I’ve got some vintage anchor print rayon cotton blend that I think will be turned into a Jasmine, possibly with the short ties though.  I would also love to do one with a white bodice, navy collar and ties with red flat piping around the collar edge and also between the cuffs and sleeve.

Adjustments Made:
My usual FBA
Broad back adjustment

Adjustments for Future Versions:
Shorten the sleeve length by about 1″.  The cuffs get scrunched up in the crook of my elbow when my arms are bent – for instance when I’m typing.

Make Again:  Yes!

Whilst I’m not taking part in one week one pattern hosted by Tilly, I may do my own week at a later date and this pattern would be a serious contender…

16 thoughts on “Finished Star Light Jasmine

  1. Your Jasmine looks so good (as does your Meringue). It’s such a fab pattern. I definitely will be making more now that’ve adjusted the pattern correctly.

  2. This looks great! And I love the story about your little one – man is he ever smooth 😉 When I first saw Colette release this pattern I was a little “iffy” about it, but you have done such a fantastic job I may have to consider snagging the pattern for myself. I am so glad the organza worked, I only used it for bound button holes in the past, I may have to explore using it instead of fusible interfacing as well. Fabulous job Vicki!

    1. Thank you! Heh, he is a little smoothie! Hasn’t repeated anything like it since though… The organza worked beautifully, particularly in the cuffs.

  3. I have SO GOT TO make this pattern up soon.. I have the pattern and even fabric put aside for it, just haven’t made it yet! I think yours looks adorable, so comfy and yet much more elegant than say, a boring old tee 🙂

    I want to try sewn in interfacing! I actually didn’t use any interfacing at all for my Pastille cause I used a medium weight cotton sateen, and I’m glad I didn’t cause those seams would have gotten SOOO bulky at the facings!

    1. To be honest, you could probably omit the interfacing at the facings and just do the cuffs with this top if your fabric presses crisply. Otherwise you’ll need it to help press the facing to the inside… This would look such a cute pattern on you, you should make it when you get a chance!

  4. Hey, you’ve mentioned that you did a FBA on this pattern – how did you do it? I’m a bit confused because of the lack of a vertical dart…

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