Sewing Pattern Review: Branson Top

Hey it's Michelle from Falafel and the Bee! Today I get to share with you the top I sewed up for my 15 year old.


The Branson Top 04
Pattern Details:
  • Women's button down top
  • Covers sizes 6-18 and it has a fuller bust size pattern piece option
  • Sleeveless and long sleeve options
  • Slight peplum back which creates a very flattering shape for most body types
  • I would call this an adventurous beginner, or intermediate sew because of the curved hems involved


This is the second version I sewed up. The first one, I did go by my daughter's measurements (which were all over the place), but didn't take into consideration that she has incredibly narrow shoulders. *doh!* Because this shirt has a wider neck, it ended up being an off-the-shoulders blouse. So for this version, I just raised up the neckline a few inches, and moved the shoulder in, just a bit. If you know you have unusually narrow shoulders, this is good to do.


What's even better is, when making the first version, I went onto the Lily Sage & Co Facebook group and was able to troubleshoot with the designer herself! She didn't know who I was, or what I was doing. I was just a customer that needed help. And she did. That is one awesome thing about buying an Indie Designer pattern. You get to talk to the real person about what they made, and get real answers to any of your questions.


Once you get past choosing the size, the directions are written clearly and the illustrations are helpful. And look at those sleeves! My girl feels like a medieval princess in them.


I did end up hemming the neckline because I used a lightweight shirting. I first sewed on bias tape, but quickly seam ripped it out of there. My fabric was too light for what I had, and I didn't have enough of this fabric to make some, so I turned it under and top-stitched.


I also did French seams throughout, and Flat Felled seams on the shoulders, which is not required, but definitely doable. It gives a very professional finish. I like that you can really make this as complicated or simple as you would like. If you finished all of the seams very simply, this is a quick sew. Even with all the seam finishing that I did, I still managed to sew this up in a day.


Despite my neckline trouble, this is a great sew, and my daughter loves to wear her new comfy, yet stylish shirt!

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September 30, 2015 by UpCraft Club
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Melissa said:

This is gorgeous! And the plaid with her red hair gives it a modern twist on some tartan looks.

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