Mandy top / Sonia Estep Designs

I may become a little obsessed with this new pattern from Sonia Estep Designs/SED! It’s an ingenious pattern design in that the construction is fairly simple but the look is pretty posh. The pattern includes top and dress versions, plain and tie front, and also comes with long sleeves you can add…but otherwise is a dolman top (meaning no separate sleeves to attach) so if you want to make the short sleeve version, you don’t have to fuss with them.

I made a straight size 8 which is where my measurements placed me for SED. The construction was super straight forward, and the instructions on how to assemble the side tie are very clear. I cut this out using the projector file (so no printing, taping or waiting for copies!) and I think it took me longer to cut then sew.

Here are the three versions I made during the first week I had the pattern: the blue polka dot and pink versions are both the standard tie version constructed per the instructions, and the stripe version is my double tie front hack (explained shortly!)

This was my muslin/dry run version and I love the result – since the fit was spot on, I didn’t need any changes. I used a light weight french terry from my stash – I honestly can’t recall where I got it – and I could see wearing this year round.

My second go at it is in a 10 ounce cotton lycra from Nick of Time textiles. The nice stability of the fabric made hemming it a lot easier than the light weight french terry, that’s for sure. I don’t have enough solids in my self sewn wardrobe due to being enticed by all the whimsical prints these days. I need to sew more solid tops!

And here is my hacked version! I’m so happy with it. For this hack, I cut out the plain front dolman version and then instead of cutting one of the shorter side ties, I cut two and made them extra long (adding maybe four inches?) I then constructed per instructions but added the second tie on the other side. I’m really liking this look – it’s jeans and a tee but a more interesting tee.

If you don’t have this pattern, I highly recommend it – I haven’t seen anything exactly like it, and especially anything that goes together this easily. Only thing I may do for my next version is add maybe two inches to the length. I’m 5’6″ so not too tall and I don’t usually have to add length, but I think I’d like to see how this fits me just a tad longer.

Get the pattern here if you’d like to give it a try!

Check out my other blog entries where I sew SED patterns:

Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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