It’s not a secret I love Papercut patterns so when Katie launched the AHOY collection early this year I had to snap it up my favourites: Moana, Startboard & Bowline. You will be seeing all them sewn on the blog eventually. You know you can catch up with all my latest projects on my Instagram account. Accordingly with the app this top was sewn 6 weeks ago while the bowline sweater 4 weeks ago. One of the reasons my sewing projects are taking longer to appear on the blog is that I’m frustrated by taking my own photos. Recently I cannot get them on- focus. What annoys me the most is that when looking at the camera they appear ok. I don’t like wasting time re-taking them as its precious sewing time! Sorry…Rant finished. I will get these re-taken eventually.
Moana means “sea” in Maori. Such a beautiful name as you can see the sea waves referenced on the design.The pattern is described as a relax-fit dress- top featuring a ruffle waist that dips slightly at the back with gentle shaping though the body. Ruffles is all over the catwalk and I love when pattern designers make
fashionable relevant patterns.
I made a small change swapping the exposed back zip to a “key hole”effect and lengthen pattern by 5 cm. Personally the armhole is a bit low. Fabric is white crepe. It has a lovely texture. When sewing with crepe use a sharp needle, test& adjust your stitches beforehand. I cut the fabric with my rotary cutter. I didn’t use many pins preferring to secure the pattern with my ceramic buttons weights. A gift from brother for Christmas. Such a lovely idea! There is only one issue with this fabric. White gets dirty so easily.
Making the pattern wasn’t hard but I made a few mistakes (bad decisions) which bothers me a little. Lining the ruffles being the worst. Such a bad idea… No matter how long you been sewing there are some days you are just off your game. It’s ok not to be perfect. I feel those off-projects make great sharing material. I want to revisit this pattern because the design is super versatile. I worn it with skirts and jeans. Everything seems just to work and I forget the little imperfections. My current favourite look features a ‘circle’ skirt and Belatrix jacket.