New Pattern: Chemainus Top
I am anticipating a super hot summer, so in preparation, I made the Chemainus Top so I can experience the summer breeze. Are you ready for the hot weather? Then take a look at the new Chemainus pattern and you will find it a great piece in your wardrobe!
For one week (through July 8, 2020), the Chemainus Top sewing pattern is 20% off. The volume discount still applies—get 15% off your entire cart if your purchase is $20 or more, or 20% off your entire cart if your purchase is $30 or more!
The Chemainus is very easy to fit thanks to the dolman style. It’s designed for woven fabric and has a relaxed fit. You can also take advantage of the shoulder insets to do some color blocking (great for scrap busting)!
Chemainus Top Features:
- Options for A, B, C, D and DD cups
- Bust darts
- Dolman-style, cuffed short sleeves
- Buttoned partial front placket
- Center front and center back pleats
- Shoulder insets for color-blocking opportunity
- Shirttail hem
- Bias-bound neckline
By now, you should already know that you can rely on Itch to Stitch’s detailed instructions; they will walk you through the partial front placket, so don’t fear it!
Let’s take a look at the beautiful Chemainus that my lovely testers made!
A round of applauds for these amazing testers:
Be sure to pick up your copy of the Chemainus while it’s 20% off (only through July 8, 2020)!
Can you tell us what size/how much positive ease there is in the tops the testers made? Some look well fitted and some look too large for my taste, and I see the pattern fit recommendations include quite a lot of ease – for example, at an 8B, body bust of 38, the finished garment bust is 53! Should I go down a size?
Hi Jess, the finished garment measurements are included in the pattern too. My recommendation to choose a size in the in “Choose Your Size” section in the instructions. But once you bought the pattern, it’s yours, and you are the designer. Although the design is meant to be relaxed, you should follow what your preference. Have fun and good luck!
Are you limited to the width of your fabric for the sleeves? I have aged, as we all do, and I have beautiful flapping bingo arms. I like to keep my upper arms as covered as possible. :o) Thank you.
I think you can lengthen the sleeve to at least 3/4 length. And you can always color block the rest until it’s a full sleeve.
I’m excited to try my first digital pattern. I usually make an adjustment for rounded back so the front doesn’t ride up, should I make this adjustment or does the pattern forgive this? I couldn’t tell if any of the testers had this issue.
Hi Linda, I am glad to hear that you are trying PDF patterns! As for your back, it’s really hard to say. However, I do have one tester who has a round back that she typically needs adjustment for, but for this style, she didn’t change anything and the Chemainus was great on her. So I’d say go ahead and make it as is with the size that’s based on the “Choose Your Size” instructions.
thank you! that was exactly what I was looking for.
This is really pretty! Would it be possible to see a photo of someone wearing it with their arms raised overhead? I sometimes have problems with dolman sleeves interfering with motion, and my job is active enough I need to have my arms unrestricted. Thank you!
Hi Elizabeth, I don’t have a photo like that. But there’s one with both arms stretched out; I just posted it as the last photo. Maybe it will give you some clue.
It would be great if the testers could share information about the material they used to make up this pattern.
Hi Kate, I have that information, but they are currently not matched up to the individual photos. Is there a specific one that you are interested in knowing? I can look it up for you. 🙂