I LOVE this top, in fact I’d go as far as to say it’s possibly my favourite make to date! 🙂 While I didn’t get it right first time around, I knew Colette’s Astoria was worth a second attempt: this time in the right size and in a beautiful fabric I treated myself to with some of my marking pay.
The fabric is ‘cosy colours cream multi fleck’ in a sweatshirt weight. I bought it from Guthrie and Ghani’s online shop. It certainly wasn’t cheap, but so, so worth it! It’s a beautiful quality with lovely, multi-coloured, tonal, fleck details. This was my first experience of buying fabric online and I can highly recommend them. I managed to somehow delete one of the fabrics I’d wanted in my online order, so telephoned them early the next day to add it back in, and the assistant who answered couldn’t have been more friendly and helpful 🙂 The parcel arrived quickly (I’ll post details of what else I ordered in my Summer Holiday #Sundaysevens post over the weekend. Let’s just say I may have treated myself a fair bit…) and it also came complete with a personalised ‘with compliments’ card, commenting on their own experience of trying a pattern I’d purchased, which I thought was a lovely touch.
This time I sized up and cut a Medium, which seemed incredibly big for me (I buy an 8 or a 10 in RTW and usually cut a Small in patterns, but do have what my Grandmother would have called a ‘BUST‘, she had a much more impressive ‘BUST’ herself… if that helps with sizing at all for any would-be makers of this top). But I’m glad I did as the fit was spot-on: fitted enough to be flattering, but avoiding the Incredible Hulk impression my previous version created, never a good look, funnily enough… I also added an inch to the length of the bodice, even though I’m already pretty short, which worked perfectly whilst still keeping it ‘cropped’ in style. Because the fabric is fleece lined, I made the long-sleeved version this time around. It’s beautifully soft and warm.
I just happened to have my yoga stuff on when I tried this on and it matched perfectly, but I also have a fair few bits of costume jewellery in these colours too, so it could easily look a lot smarter as well. This is exactly the sort of top I’d readily buy RTW, so I’m incredibly happy that I can now make it. I love how my list of ‘things not to buy when I can make them perfectly well myself thank you’ is steadily growing 🙂 I can already see a whole array of these in different fabrics: both different colours and weights.