I recently had the opportunity to pattern test the Morrison Top and Dress from Blue Dot Patterns. This was my first time pattern testing. I had applied to various indy patterns for testing before, but this was the first time I’d actually been chosen. It was a lot of fun! I really enjoyed seeing the different stages of creating a pattern and I feel like I was able to give some decent feedback. It was nice knowing you might help make the process easier for someone in the future. Plus it’s fun to feel like you’re in on the secret before everyone else 😉
As it turns out the Morrison Top is a fantastic pattern. I love the one I made and I plan to make more. Especially since for smaller sizes you can actually make it with just a yard! I was able to at least with a bit of fabric Tetris 🙂 It’s simple enough that a beginner can do it or someone more advanced can knock it out in an hour or two tops. And given its simplicity, it’s also very hackable.
I made both the size 4 and size 6 when I was testing. I ultimately ended up doing a 6 on top graded to a 4 at the hips, but if/when I make a dress version, I’ll probably do a straight size 6. I really like the overall shape and that this pattern doesn’t grab in the armpits as I find so many do. I can just toss it on and look polished for work with little effort.
The only adjustment I made was to take out an inch at the top back and grade that to nothing at the hip, but this is an adjustment I have to do on almost everything. The neck binding was perfectly sized between the notches, and I like the easy, clean finish on the armholes. I made mine out of a single yard of 56” rayon poplin from Stonemountain Daughter & Fabrics. It was the perfect Valentine’s Day top!