Angelica: Pattern Testing

It's been 2 months since my last post. It's not that I'm not sewing; rather, I sew almost daily, and I finish quite a few projects. It's just that getting nice photos and having the time to sit down and write about them is hard. And I'm supposed to be keeping up with my Continuing Medical Education (CME). Yeah. I think I need to log 80 or so hours by the end of the year. But mostly, I'd rather be sewing. So maybe I blog.

Anyhow! I was pleased to be part of the testing group for JillyAtlanta's latest top, the Angelica. This sweet flutter-sleeved top or dress (both lengths are marked on the pattern) has a rather simple silhouette combined with charming details and impeccable finishings which are typical of Jill's design aesthetic.

I completed 2 tops during testing. One in rayon challis and one in cotton lawn. First up is the rayon.


Button and loop closure in the back.


Jill includes instructions for binding the armscye with bias.


The cotton lawn version is made from a print in the London Calling 7 line from Robert Kaufman.


There's 3 sets of pleats along the front and back necklines.


During testing, I extended the back neck binding bias, creating long ties on this version. This became an option for the final pattern.

What I hadn't planned on was that by using 2 very different fabrics, I'd be able to show how drape effects the lines of this garment. 


The cotton lawn, while more delicate and lighter than quilting cotton, has less drape than the rayon challis. The lawn stands up quite a bit and creates rather dramatic flutters. The challis, on the other hand, is more fluid with cascading flutters that hang down. Both are great fabrics resulting in lovely tops. You may choose one over the other based on your personal preference and the look you're wanting to achieve.


The Angelica Top pairs nicely with the Jilly Atlanta Mona shorts (which I also tested but didn't get the chance to write about ...unless this counts).

Both fabrics were sourced from LA Finch Fabrics. Some yardage of the rayon challis is still available.

Thanks for stopping by! You can find the full details for the Angelica pattern and purchase her here. She's $7 on release day.