Polaris is an off-shoulder peasant top pattern with gathers on neckline and arms. Gathers are made using elastic casings, and an optional bow can be added on front. Inspired from a vintage cut from the 1940s, it features an underarm gusset: this is how this kind of tops were constructed back in the time in the 19th century when women still wore corsets. Nowadays you can see many similar-looking tops without this specific technique.
Choose a crisp shirting or soft crepe to play on the different textures and volumes!
I recommend it for intermediary to advanced sewists because of the underarm gusset that needs good symbols matching and not getting lost in the different seams. In the future I might shoot a sew-along video to make this process easy for everyone. In the meantime you can find many useful tutorials on my tutorials section!
Choose your size as per the measurements below if you want a lot of gathers, or size down if you want your top to be closer to the body. I advise to size down if the drape of your fabric is quite stiff or «puffy». You can judge by the pictures here: I made the cream top in my regular size, and the blue striped top is 2 sizes smaller. The size range is 2 to 16.
Length: with 60’’ (150cm) wide fabrics, you will need 2 yards (or 2 meters). with 44’’ – 45’’ (115cm) fabrics, you will need 2.5 yards (or 2.5 meters).
Fabric choice: lightweight but opaque fabrics: cotton lawn (liberty…), shirting, viscose or polyester or silk crepe, twill, challis… don’t try to add a lining, that would make a super puffy/balloony top.
You will need:
2 to 3 yards (3m) of 0.5cm wide elastic, matching thread for your fabric, scissors, pins, a marking pen, a machine needle that fits your fabric type, a small safety pin.
Measurements (in inches):
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The French Poetry Polaris peasant top pattern is sold in PDF and can be downloaded right after purchase in A4 (print at home) or A0 (copy shop). Illustrated sewing instructions are also provided in PDF to guide you in tiling the A4 PDF pieces, cutting the fabric and sewing the pattern.