I hate clothes shopping. I will put it off as long as possible just so I don't have to deal with the disappointment of a store full of clothes that don't fit for this reason or that. So, when Marisa put out the call for testers for her Penelope Pleated Camisole, I jumped at the chance. I was so excited when she told me that I had been selected as a tester.
This cami does take just a tiny extra bit of time to put together with all of the pleats, but the end look is worth it. There is an elastic casing at the waist that gives the top a little bit more shape and it's just long enough that it covers my behind. I always get pretty excited when I find a top that will cover my rear. You'll also have some elastic at the neckline to help pull in the top part a little as well. I wore this to chase my 5 year old kids around the house, and a few days later, I wore it on an airplane when flying to my parents' house. The top is roomy enough that I had no trouble moving around at all, and it was super comfortable. On my top, the waist elastic was a little longer than in the pattern, and I really do think that I will go back and shorten the elastic to make it a little tighter around the waist.
I made myself a casual top for the test, but I already have visions of making another one that's a little fancier that I can wear with a skirt or pair of slacks. The style of this top makes it really easy to dress it up with a simple jacket or cardigan, and it's loose enough that I can layer it with another shirt as the weather gets cooler!
The fabric is a woven that has some drape to it, and I would definitely recommend this for someone who has some sewing experience or a beginner who's wanting to challenge themselves a little!
|Photo courtesy of Laela Jeyne Patterns|
If you're seeing this top and loving it like I do, it just so happens that you can grab your copy on sale $5.50 until 30 November! No coupon code needed for this one.
Just head over to http://www.laelajeynepatterns.com/product/penelope-pleated-camisole-pdf-pattern/ to get your copy. Marisa also has a facebook group that you can join so you can follow what's up with Laela Jeyne and ask any questions you might have along the way!
Thanks for reading along and Happy Sewing!