After sewing up a commercial pattern I was ready to get back to my beloved Indie patterns! I love all the patterns from Straight Stitch Designs. I bought the Ravenna top awhile back and finally got around to making it. The Ruffled back coupled with the exposed zipper was beckoning me. I am a sucker for both of those details.
Sewing for our Caribbean vacation was on my mind with I made this top. The pattern itself includes two sleeve options, elbow or 3/4 length. I know I will for sure make a sleeved version in the future, but I thought a tank Ravenna would be perfect for the Virgin Islands. To accomplish this I simply finished the arm holes with bias tape like the neck is finished. A simple modification for a totally different look!
As much as I love the finished garment, sewing it was a bit of a pain. Not because of the pattern directions, but because of a certain one year old bent on “sewing” with mama. I love her to death and love that she wants to sew, but at times I am distracted and make mistakes. The first thing I did was fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of the shirt, as in the side seam instead of the center back. It’s comical now that I am done but I was pretty annoyed at my stupid mistake when I did it. It seemed like it was downhill from there, but in the end it turned out super awesome!
To remedy the sewing problem with a small child, I bought her her very own toy sewing machine. The question is will she still want mama’s or will she be content with her very own ;).
As far as the fit, it fits perfect. I am never in one size when it comes to dresses and shirts. For this particular pattern I started with size 2 and graded to size 6. The fabric I used is a Coral Rayon Challis from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. It is so soft and comfortable but it wrinkles SO easy. Normally rayon doesn’t do that, but I still do love it. For the ruffle detail I used a basic quilting cotton from Hobby Lobby.
When I was looking around at the versions everyone made, I decided to raise the back scoop a little bit. I personally prefer a little more coverage while still sporting this fun detail. I raised the curve 1″ to achieve this.
I love the feminine look of ruffles and pop of detail this shirt sports. I know there will be many more Ravenna’s in the future!
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