I recently joined a blog tour with some very talented bloggers. We had the opportunity to try some new patterns that launched this week by Petite Stitchery. I chose the Rory , which is a women’s peplum, dress and skirt. Read on for my full review and photos.
Pattern Description: The Rory by Petite Stitchery, available here, is a turtleneck peplum, dress and skirt. The bodice is pretty fitted and the pattern is designed for structured knits.
Pattern Sizing: The pattern comes in sizes XS – 3X. I cut a medium, however on my next Rory I will definitely size up to a large. The Rory is currently on sale for just $7 and you can pick it up Petite Stitchery, here.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, it looked exactly like the photos.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Was this project beginner friendly? I found the instructions very easy to follow. The pattern comes with step by step instructions with color photos. So if you get stuck or don’t understand the pattern it’s a quick reference.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love how fitted the bodice is. It’s a turtleneck, so I think the fitted bodice allows it to still be flattering. On another note, I’m a tall girl (5’7 to be exact), so I wish the sleeves were a bit longer. I originally cut the long sleeves but I wasn’t happy where they fell on me. So I ended up shortening them to 3/4 length. I still love how they turned out.
New skills learned on this project? Up until now, I’d never attached a turtleneck. It was super easy and similar to attaching a neck band, but I’m excited to have one more skill under my belt.
Fabric Used: I used a stretch jersey knit that I found on Amazon. The fabric is no longer available, but this was my the first time purchasing fabric online. I would’ve preferred a more stable knit, as the pattern recommended but I decided to just use what I had on hand. I love the floral pattern of this fabric, but the actual fabric was a bit thinner than I’d imagined.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: As mentioned above, I adjusted the sleeve length. I also omitted the hem and left the raw edge instead. I just liked the way the raw edge looked once I tried it on and I also liked the length and didn’t want to shorten it any further. When I make my next Rory, I plan on adding a couple of inches to the length. I’m 5’7 with a pretty long torso, so a bit more length would be more flattering.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I definitely will. I’m thinking of trying the dress version of the pattern.
Conclusion: I really enjoyed this pattern. The top is cute and the fitted bodice is really flattering. This was a really quick and easy sew too, so that’s a major plus! I already have plans to make this one again!
For more inspirations please visit all the fabulous ladies on the Petite Stitchery New Women’s Tops Sewing Patterns Release Blog Tour!
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