When we “hire” for Sewcialists Editors, we are always looking for people who are “movers and shakers”, someone who is going somewhere with something to say. Becky is the perfect example of that – she is driven, passionate about inclusion, and tirelessly hardworking. She does a huge part of the work behind the scenes at Sewcialists, and you see all those skills come to play in her own pattern line as well!
Ione is a boxy woven top with three neckline options and a high/low hem. (But you could also sew the dipped hem in front and back, like Becky did in the sample modelled by her daughter!) It is based on two blocks, and runs size 0-32! You chose your size based on the finished measurements, so that you can either go super voluminous or more fitted. I debated between size 16 and 18, but went with size 18 for extra drama!
Here’s my original version as a pattern tester:
Damn, that square neck is pretty, isn’t it? I really need to sew myself more things with that neckline! This version is sewn in a crisp light cotton. The yoke is self-lined and finished beautifully with the burrito method. So satisfying!
For my second version, I used a lightweight rayon. I chose the round neck, because I was short on yardage and wanted to finish the neckline with bias tape.
And hello, did you see the cute cat print? Meow!
I don’t wear cropped boxy tops very often… but I have to say, I feel sexy when I do! There’s something about the boxy top/high-waisted tight bottom that really makes me feel like my curves are powerful. Why is that? I don’t know, but it’s a fun change from my usual style!
Now you might be wondering, “Um, Gillian, what’s with the indoor photos?” I KNOW! Something new and different, right? Becky had taken beautiful pensive product photos, and I was trying to match her aesthetic! It was so odd trying to figure out my settings for indoor, so of course I hopped outside too.
Ahhh, that’s more like me!
There’s a sale on the pattern right now – use code IONE2019 for 20% off until Feb. 15th, 2019! I’m obviously totally biased, but I LOVE seeing new companies start with an inclusive size range! Becky had a ton of testers (like, over 50!) of all shapes, sizes and ages, so follow Workhorse Patterns on Instagram if you want to see how it might look on you! Personally, I’m thinking a chunky knit version could be really cute layered in winter… or lengthened into a belted tunic or dress!