Hello! It’s been a while, but here is a pattern review for a top I made a while ago…
- Name: Breton
- Variation: ‘Hack: Breton Tee’
- Design House: Book – The Great British Sewing Bee: From Stitch to Style
- Size I made: 12
I used a lemony-yellow cotton knit fabric. I do not think it has any stretch and I think there is a reasonable risk that the garment will become distorted and stretch over time.
I would say that this pattern is straightforward to make, especially if you have tried sewing with knit fabric before. The hem is a bit different as it has side seam slits but it’s a nice new technique to learn if you haven’t tried this type of finish before.
I found both the illustrations and written instructions clear for this make.
Design and Fit
I was drawn to the neckline and grow on sleeves but now I have made it, I’m not as much of a fan of the neckline. If I made it again, I would make the neckline not so wide. However, it is worth highlighting that it might be my fabric choice which has made the neckline feel quite so uncomfortable. As I mentioned, my fabric doesn’t appear to have any elastane in it, so it might be stretching width-ways!
This top can be made in a day. As the sleeves are part of the front and back pieces, there is not much to cut out.
I’m not sure that I would make it again. If I did, I would choose a better-quality fabric and possibly adjust it a bit to fit better. For example, I could try to stabilise the neckline a bit better.