Paco’s Treky top
Once again I have been holed up for a few days, not eating or watching TV or seeing other human beings in order to complete the second of Paco’s new designs – The Treky Top.
I’ll be honest with you, this was not an inspiring pattern when I first saw it. I could take it or leave it; nothing special, just a top.
But I had really nothing else to do – I’m wandering a bit in the sewing world at the moment – I can’t seem to settle on anything and thought why not? Give it a go. You’ve made the skirt – make a top to go with it.
So off I went to the fabric shop to get a matching fabric for the Apron skirt and managed to buy some boucle for a Chanel jacket, silk for a blouse or two, lining, wool crepe for something or other – you know what it’s like…..
Anyway, back to the story. I picked up a wool with 1% lycra – just enough stretch but not drapey or baggy but matched the skirt perfectly. Paco recommends a knit but there just weren’t any in my shop, at least at a price I was prepared to pay, for a top that I may or may not like very much.
Paco does not give any instructions so it’s part guess work and part following his blog posts in either Spanish or Goggle’s crap translation of Spanish. I looked at the pieces and made my own method of construction. It varies considerably from Paco’s and I hope he won’t mind but this seemed easier and quicker:
No sleeves to ease
Hidden raw edges in the inside
No guess work for topstitching
If you want my method then here’s the PDF with full colour pics and step by step instructions
I did insert an invisible zip at centre back because my fabric doesn’t have that much stretch that I could get it over my head without this extra opening. It turned out alright but I still hate inserting zips!
I’m afraid my fabric choice does not take well to photography with my little camera and many of the details are lost in these images. Maybe I’ll try again in daylight tomorrow.
In the meantime, this is what emerged from the sewing room around 5.00pm. I put on the Apron skirt and a bit of lipstick for styling – big deal! Oh and I slipped on my high heels too.
With the leftover fabrics, I made a belt (from the top) and a scarf (from the skirt).
Then I went a wee bit mad and added the Unique jacket made in faux fur for a head to toe Paco outfit
In PR speak – conclusion – once I put this top on I was hooked.
It’s the type of top you see in a shop and think “It’s nice but I wouldn’t buy it.” and I probably wouldn’t but this is divine. Neat, fitted but comfortable and relaxed – it is a perfect companion to the skirt and will also wear well with other garments. I’m thinking of it more as a winter T-shirt and yes, it does dress up well but another fabric and what you have is a beautifully fitted, yet casual top with a difference.
The yoke detail is not difficult and adds that extra unique factor. the pattern was so accurate that the tailor tacks and marks are almost unncessary for construction.
This is something I’ve noticed recently, having made two of Paco’s patterns in a row and I’m so used to Vogue – marks and notches on Vogue sort fall close to each other when I make things but with Paco’s patterns they fall perfectly in alignment – like the stars! I still mark up the pieces as I like to take 10 mins before diving in but I hardly used them for this – just used them for back-up to make sure I was on the right track.
The top is fitted – no I mean, it is fitted. Beware your sizing when cutting out or else use a fabric with a bit more stretch than mine. If you opt for a wool crepe (did someone mention wool crepe earlier?) cut a little larger or using my lazy method reduce the seam allowances to 1cm at the upper arms and hips.
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