Tessuti – Hilary Top

I loved the design of this pattern the second I saw it. Big floaty sleeves, a cinched-in waist, boat neck – what’s not to love?

In fact, I loved it so much that I basically made the exact same top as shown in the example pictures on the Tessuti website!

I made a size XS using a lightweight poly fabric of some description. My grandma gave me the fabric from her own stash, so I’m not sure exactly what it is, but it drapes nicely! The only alteration I made was to shorten the bodice slightly, as I was fairly sure the pattern was drafted for someone taller than not-quite-5’3″…

This pattern is relatively straightforward and the instructions are excellent. However, there are a lot of pleats on the ruffle piece which can be quite fiddly in the drapey fabrics this pattern calls for. As such, I’d probably recommend it to those with intermediate sewing skills.

Next time (there will be a next time), I’ll narrow the shoulders and use longer elastic in the cuffs so that I can wear the sleeves at 3/4 length. I probably won’t bother with the pleats again. They seem unnecessary when the waist is elasticated anyway – I would rather just gather the ruffle.

On the whole, this was a win! I bought the Berlin Jacket pattern last year during the 2-for-1 sale too. Once I find some suitable boiled wool, it’ll be on to my next Tessuti project!


Pattern: Hilary Top

Designer: Tessuti Patterns

Designed for: Wovens

Fabric choice: Poly fabric with drape

Size: XS (My measurements are – Height: 159cm/5’2, Bust: 88cm, Waist 73cm, Hips 96cm)

Modifications: Shorten the length

Difficulties or future changes: Narrow the shoulders; use longer elastic in the cuffs; gather the ruffle instead of using pleats.

Recommend for: Intermediate


Happy sewing!

G Xx

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