The April challenge of The Monthly Stitch is under the supervision of Miss Bossy. She told us to dig in our stash. Fabrics and patterns needed to be dusted off and showed. Let others decide what you’re going to make. My three suggestions came from my notebook. I try to use only fabrics from my stash and sewing patterns that have already purchased as well. This challenge was perfect to make a start with my Summer sewings. I choose three UWYH projects with sewing pattern suggestions. Although it’s always a little frightening to let other people decide what you will make but I had done this once before. And the winner: fabric one. Here is the result: the Orageuse Paris Top fitted jersey version.
Orageuse Paris Top fitted jersey version – the French look
A lot has been written about the French look. Why is this look so special? I’ve a copy of the La Parisienne written by Ines de la Fressange.
An interesting book with lots of useful information how to get this look. The seven basics according to Ines: a male styled blazer, a trenchcoat, a dark sweater, a tanktop, a LBD, a jeans and a leather jacket. I’ve some of these garments in my wardrobe. LBD: three versions, jeans: about seven but I’ll never wear a tanktop. A short sleeved T-shirt is more in my comfort zone. The Orageuse Paris Top is my opinion tres bien. Un petit peu O la la due to the added fitted look and the small side slits. In short ‘une petite touche de style français’ with a little touch of the famous French Breton T-shirts.
Orageuse Paris Top fitted jersey version – fabric and pattern
I had some leftover denim coloured jersey fabric with small light grey dots. Some gave it to me knowing I could make something out of it. The Orageuse Paris Top is designed for medium weight woven fabrics with some stiffness like canvas, gabardine or a thin denim. This pattern had the maritiem style I was looking for but my fabric was jersey. I decided to make a jersey version and see if it would work.
The Orageuse Paris Top is designed as a straight, boxy short looking Top with a boatneck, triangle- shaped yokes on the shoulders and sleeves ending just above the elbows. A detail is the added zipper at the center back. I made my version 38 an did some fitting alterations to the side seams. The hems also have a slight curve and two small slits are added in the side seams.
Orageuse Paris Top fitted jersey version – making process
The Orageuse Paris Top is even for a less experienced seamstress a sewing project that can be made. The sewing of triangle- shaped yokes on the shoulders is the only thing that needs to be done with some care.
Basting and slowly sewing can help to get a crisp result. I didn’t add the zipper because the jersey was to soft and light weighted to hold the zipper. This is where my fabric choice became a problem. I used light grey yarn to stitch top so the topstitching would be visible as a feature. The neckline facing is also done with a topstitch.
Time and Costs
Tijd: copying patterns and pattern alterations 1 hour; stitching and finishing 5 hours
Kosten: Orageuse Paris Top pattern € 8,50; copy and assembling costs € 3,00; yarn € 3,50
Orageuse Paris Top fitted jersey version – satisfaction factor
I’m more then pleased with my new Top. The jersey fabric and the alteration changes the design of the original Paris Top but this fitted version makes me more then happy. The slightly curved hems are looking more feminine in my opinion and the added slits are a cute stylish detail. Perfect Top for the coming Summer and Holiday.
The fabric is soft and light weighted is well. A second version? If I decided to make one it will definitely made in a woven fabric. Do you also have a soft spot for the famous French Look? Or do you prefer another style?