I had the Montrose top pattern by Cashmerette in my sight for a while. I thought it might be a good pattern for the Liberty fabric I received for my birthday last year. Somehow the months passed and I never made the time to purchase the pattern, download and print it and make the top. I finally decided now or never a couple of weeks ago.
The Montrose top is a style that I could self-draft but I don't enjoy the process and have no time to do so. Also, I am familiar with Cashmerette patterns and know that the sizing works for me. If I have the option, I always go for a pdf pattern. Cashmerette patterns can be printed in layers so you only need to print the size you need. The result is a clean pattern without irrelevant and confusing size lines. I love that. I also rather enjoy to print and assemble pdf patterns, much more so than tracing from a pattern sheet. I also like the robustness of a pattern printed on normal printing paper.
Sewing was straightforward, the instructions are clear and there is nothing particularly challenging. I was a bit distracted by an audiobook and noticed too late that I sewed the wrong sleeve into the wrong armhole. I noticed because the notches for the second sleeve didn't match. I must have made the notches of the first sleeve match somehow... I blame the structureless fabric as much as my audiobook. It was too obvious to let it pass. I ended up cutting a new set of sleeves because the fabric was a bit distorted from the sewing and unpicking.
The neckline is a simple narrow facing cut on the bias. Did I mention that the top comes in two versions, one version is a scoop neck with short sleeves and a curved back yoke, the other version has a jewel neck, elbow length sleeves and a keyhole back. I made the scoop neck version but with elbow length sleeves.
I wore the top when I went for afternoon tea with one of my oldest friends. I love the shape of the top, it is flattering and has a summery feel, and for February, it looks nice layered with a cardigan. I felt pretty wearing it and I look forward to sewing another version with my Liberty fabric.
P.S. Taking the photo in between gusts of wind and rain was not fun... but it is just too dark inside for decent photographs