I had the privilege of testing the Anegada top for Meghann of Halfmoon Atelier. I’ll spoil the review up front and share that I loved the top so much that I made both versions, View A and View B.
View A offers a cowl boatneck feature with banded sleeves and waist. View B has a straighter neckline with pleats at the center and hemmed sleeves and waist.
Below is a size chart for reference:
For the muslin and first top:
Version: View B
Size: 3/4/5, I started out at a 3 at the shoulders/bust then graded up to a 4 at the waist and a 5 at the hips.
Fabric: Black rayon knit, lightweight
For the muslin (the photo above), I sewed the center pleats at 3/8″ (which is inside the 5/8″ seam allowance). I found that as I sewed the binding on the neckline at the seam allowance, the pleats became gathers (as the seam allowance is past the pleats). The end result is a slight diversion from the original pattern but I liked the end result. I intentionally chose a knit fabric with rayon for this version as I wanted a nice drape for the pleats.
I had enough yardage of the rayon fabric to sew my final version of View B in this same fabric. For the final version I sewed the pleats at a 1.25″ seam instead of at the 5/8″ pattern seam allowance for more pronounced pleats (see photo below). I also sewed envelope feature at the shoulders at a 1.25″ seam allowance (instead of the 5/8″ seam allowance). I love the boatneck silhouette but I wanted to experiment with bringing in the envelope closure slightly. The idea with this diversion was to help hide my bra straps.
I love the length of this top. The fabric is very comfortable and I always enjoy the pairing of elegance and comfort in a finished garment. I continually find black fabric is hard to photograph but I keep coming back to it for test sewing as it’s one of my favorite colors to wear. I decided not to hem the sleeves or the waist. I loved the length of both unhemmed and I love that knit fabric offers that flexibility (to hem or not hem the garment).
For the next version I sewed View A.
Fabric: Terry jersey knit, midweight
Size: Same as above
Changes to the pattern: I lengthened the sleeves by 2″ for a 3/4 length sleeve option. I decided to leave off the band at the waist. I love the idea of having a 3/4 length sleeved sweatshirt. It’s not something that I currently own in my wardrobe. I enjoyed the star pattern with this grey fabric. I love the idea of wearing this top out on a date night for a comfortable but elegant dinner option (with jeans or a skirt).
The fabric with cowl neck in View A rolls, slightly. The pattern encourages you to roll the fabric before sewing the sleeves on the garment, for a fun raw edged feature at the neckline.
Future plans: After the photos were taken I decided to add the waistband to View A. I currently have more low waisted pants and skirts vs high waisted options. The waistband is a nice feature to add some length to the top. I have to admit that I didn’t plan ahead with View A regarding adjusting the size for a thicker weight fabric. I would love to make this top again in a medium weight fabric and go up in size for a looser fit option.
This is a fun pattern with many different options to make to your own styling preferences.