Our Carolina fall has arrived and I am finally reaching for longer sleeve tops and sweaters. I love wearing tops that are feminine and a bit dressier, but not fussy. The new Medellin Top Pattern by Itch to Stitch features a surplice, banded neckline with ruching at the side seam and a banded bottom edge. Kennis has also released the Cartagena Cami Pattern, to layer underneath the top. **Until Nov 21st, when you purchase the Medellin Top, you can get the Cartagena Cami for FREE!**
During pattern testing, I made two Medellin Tops: the first with a double brushed polyester print from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. I removed 1 3/8″ height at the lengthen/shorten line and it was much shorter than the designer intended it to be. I really like this look with a pencil skirt. I was in between sizes, and I sized down to a size 0. It’s a little more form-fitting than the intended fit, but I like it.
The second top is in olive modal/spandex from Surge Fabric Shop with 50% 4 way stretch.
The top is longer because I removed only 3/8″ in height but also because the fabric is quite drapey and doesn’t have as good of recovery as DBP. I gravitate towards bright pastels and jewel-toned hues in my wardrobe. I don’t like wearing ‘typical’ fall colors, like mustard, rust, oranges, and burgundy. I admit this olive is outside my comfort zone, but with a little makeup and a black cami, I actually do like the way it looks with my skin tone! It’s a color that has really grown on me lately.
Each top took 2.5-3 hours to cut out and sew. I’d definitely be open to sewing more and I can recommend the clear instructions, the drafting and the grading of this pattern. Don’t forget to purchase by November 21, so you can get the Cartegena Cami Pattern for free!